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Heavy and bulky picks

03 July 2018

In order to pick heavy and bulky sheet materials without suffering any damage, manufacturers and distributors use platform solutions such as the Hubtex EZK series.

With the aid of a vehicle concept specially aligned to the needs and requirements of the client, all areas of application – from manual to fully automated picking – can be tracked by the order-picking platforms.

In its basic version, it is suited for picking wood panels and plastic sheets on both sides of an aisleway. Two operators stand on the platform and pick the sheet materials by hand. In this scenario, the materials are stored using multidirectional sideloaders. 

The next model up features telescopic forks as an optional extra. These forks enable the storage of entire packages in the shelving system as well as the direct transfer of packages to the next stage of production. This ensures that no additional forklifts are required for unloading goods, meaning the aisleways can have a particularly narrow design if necessary. 

With the addition of vacuum suction technology, only one operator per vehicle is required.

The line between partially automated EZK order picking platforms and fully automated stacker cranes is becoming increasingly blurred, and this is down in no small part to the various assistance systems that can be integrated into the vehicle. On-board and laser-based personal protective equipment is already fitted as standard in EZK series vehicles. An additional automated shelf-positioning system ensures the platform navigates the operator to the correct shelf.

Hubtex also integrates the order-picking platforms into existing logistics processes. Prior to implementing a platform solution, the manufacturer's material flow experts analyse the logistics concept of each respective user, examining interfaces with the WMS as well as the synergy potential for interfaces with additional production processes.