Shelf Storage

The transport robots stack the goods to be transported in block, row or on support arms. The transport robots feed and empty block or row storage. The design of the storage racks depends on influencing factors such as the goods to be transported, intended use, load capacity, turnover frequency, storage principle, space availability and whether the storage system is static or dynamic. The particular challenge here is to achieve the highest possible speed of the work processes.

Reference example

The factory and warehouse corridors of a global manufacturer of fast moving consumer goods in the UK are not classified as hazardous but some products contain volatile materials that could pose an explosion risk. It was therefore necessary to tailor the design and installation of two Driverless Transport Systems (AGVs) to replace conventional forklift trucks for transporting loaded pallets between two factory areas and a warehouse.


  • Industry sector:  Consumer Goods
  • Load handling attachment: Fork
  • Navigation: Laser
  • Battery: Lead acid
  • Year: 2009


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COMPACT MOVE is used here as a robust, reliable, flexible and resilient transport system that can handle both Chep and Euro pallets at floor level and at different transport heights. The COMPACT is a blend of competitive price, small size, high manoeuvrability and low energy consumption plus stability.

Two independent AGV Systems, each with more than ten laser-guided vehicles and a compact counterweight construction, each vehicle can be used with maximum load capacity and flexibility in each of the systems. Another advantage of the twin system was that the commissioning of Phase 2 had no impact on the operation of the Phase 1 AGVs. Both systems, implemented without unplanned production interruption, are linked to the customer's existing warehouse management system. The 2-way communication with the driverless vehicles takes place via WLAN. The AGVs are also connected to the factory's fire and gas alarm systems and interact with a number of automatic doors.  For maximum safety while driving, three laser scanners (one at the front, one at the rear and one on the top) find the obstacles on the route while driving. The electrically conductive tyres help to dissipate static electricity.

Two rotary encoders (instead of the normal single rotary encoder) are mounted on the lifting mast so that the vehicle recognises the precise position of its forks when a pallet is being transported. In addition, each fork tip has a photoelectric sensor, and another sensor is located on the fork carriage to ensure that the pallet is fully loaded on board the vehicle. Three battery charging ststions are located in each AGV system to automatically charge the vehicles.  In addition to the laser scanners, pressure-sensitive bars immediately stop the vehicle if an obstacle in the way of the AGV is touched. The transported goods weigh up to 1.25 tonnes. The AGVs travel at a speed of 1.5 m/sec. and also over ramps, and they cross a roadway, which is why safety is of paramount importance.

There are three levels of control. In normal mode, the vehicles drive automatically under a central AGV control. In semi-automatic mode, they can give instructions via on-board terminals or remote control terminals.  When operated manually, the AGV is manually driven and steered via a joystick control, with loading being done via push button.

There is a remote access hotline for diagnosis and support.

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