Open Shuttle – green light for innovation
Modern DCs and manufacturers have high demands for speed, flexibility and quality in their processes. In addition to this, the trend for single items has also made its mark in production. As trends go, this one is detrimental both in terms of cost and performance. Using smart processes and technologies, our mission is to increase efficiency in every process step and lower the costs per item at the same time – all while guaranteeing optimum quality. The keys to increased quality and efficiency with optimised costs are space-saving storage systems combined with flexible transport systems that cover a complex transport network. KNAPP’s innovative, free-moving Open Shuttles offer just the right concept to achieve this, bridging the gaps between flexibility, complexity and efficiency left by traditional conveyor systems reaching their limits. The Open Shuttles are able to move around without any restrictions whatsoever – free movement which opens up entirely new logistical concepts. Transporting, supplying, storing or picking – the Open Shuttles support a wide variety of processes. Separate warehouse areas can be flexibly connected using Open Shuttles. This brings with it new opportunities for re-thinking processes, to design them and to rearrange them at any time – as it suits the moment. The Open Shuttles combine innovative navigation with sophisticated sensor technology. Thanks to their pioneering navigation technology, the Open Shuttles do not need track rails, inductive loops or set paths, and instead move around freely on the floor space together with people and other vehicles. This also means no building work is required to integrate the Open Shuttles into any existing warehouse area – even the number of shuttles can be scaled flexibly. The Open Shuttles always adapt to the current workload thanks to their individual and swarm intelligence. During off-peak periods, any Open Shuttles not required remain in their charging stations; at peak times, however, the entire fleet is deployed so that all the orders are processed efficiently. The Open Shuttles communicate with their human colleagues using a speech module. They therefore establish a completely new, modern working environment in which man and machine work hand in hand.