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New shuttle maximises storage

19 June 2019

The Gebhardt Shuttle StoreBiter 500 is said to be the new benchmark when it comes to warehouse capacity, flexibility and efficiency with the storage of pallets, box pallets and containers. 

The shuttle vehicle itself performs the function of a load handling device. The flat lifting shuttle can transport the conveyed goods in passively arranged, multi-deep storage channels and set them down in their correct locations. One of the key benefits of the StoreBiter 500 is its autonomy, which allows it to move fully independently throughout the storage channels.

The StoreBiter 500 can be combined with an AS/RS crane such as the Cheetah heavy, a Cross Conveyor or a Vertical Conveyor. The shuttle itself is piloted through the warehouse by a PLC and supplied with energy via Supercaps. This facilitates storage channels of arbitrary lengths without complex, interference-prone cables and rope connections. Charge stations are mounted on the carrier vehicle and can be additionally installed in the storage channels if required. With this, the StoreBiter 500 is designed for 24/7 operation as the batteries do not require protracted recharging.

High capacity

The StoreBiter 500 shuttle system stands out due to the high storage capacity with comparatively low investment and operating costs. The passive storage channels and simple, robust engineering of the shuttle result in low maintenance and servicing costs. The system design enables rational, requirement-orientated IT organisation and inventory monitoring. The warehouse system itself operates in accordance with the Last-in-First-out principle. The StoreBiter 500 is the optimum solution when it comes to space-saving warehouse storage for a large number of pallets. The advantages of the system are even greater if the storage channels can be filled on an unmixed basis.

The storage process

The warehouse process comprises of five main steps that are automatically sequenced by the system.

Step 1: The carrier vehicle (SRM) with the StoreBiter 500 is placed in front of the channel in which the desired pallet is stored and docked.

Step 2: The StoreBiter 500 runs below the required pallet between the channel rails. The pallet is lifted.

Step 3: The StoreBiter 500 with lifted pallet returns to the carrier vehicle.

Step 4: Docks with the carrier vehicle.

Step 5: The carrier vehicle is automatically undocked and moves to the P&D Station.

The StoreBiter 500 can be combined with a storage and retrieval machine, a transfer car or a vertical conveyor. 

From an economic point of view, the system offers low initial investment and operating costs in relation to the high warehouse capacity. The passive storage channels and the simple and robust construction of the shuttle result in a low maintenance and servicing requirements. 

The system design allows for easy interface for demand led IT-organisation and inventory monitoring. The storage system works according to the first-in first-out principle. This ensures that the goods stored first are also removed from the warehouse first. The StoreBiter 500 is the optimum solution for space-saving storage of a multitude of pallets. The system fully utilises its benefits when the warehouse channels can be filled with separated types.

Key Points

  • High handling capacity of wireless operational shuttle
  • Optimum storage space and area usage
  • Rapid shelf assembly and installation of the passive storage system
  • Economic investment and operating costs
  • Low maintenance and service costs
  • Easy to align with changes in requirements due to modular design
  • Rational, requirements-orientated IT organisation and inventory monitoring