An insight into the AutoStore small parts warehouse
STIHL Tirol has been using an innovative, state-of-the-art system for storing the small parts required for supplying production for some time now. The automated AutoStore storage and retrieval system covers approximately 1,500 m² of floorspace. The storage cube holds bins up to a maximum size of 60 x 40 cm, which are stacked on top of each other in aluminium shafts up to 5.4 m high and stored and retrieved at lightning speed by small robots.
The industrious robots are run by a "controller", which calculates paths and uses a radio link to assign tasks to the battery-operated robots, which operate at a speed of 11 km/h. The robots restack bins and supply the shafts at dispensing points on an order-related basis. From there, tugger trains take the required small parts directly to production.
The system not only helps increase efficiency and productivity in warehousing, it also takes into account aspects such as sustainability and environmental friendliness. The robots have an extremely low power consumption and energy is fed back every time the bins are lowered.
The AutoStore warehouse can now store 67,240 bins and 26 robots are in use. New drone footage of this storage area provides fresh and exciting insights into the work at the STIHL Tirol AutoStore warehouse... from a perspective usually reserved for the robots.