The new developed dynamic fashion warehouse of psb equipped with the new hanging garment shuttle optimally combines shuttle system and hanging garment technology. With exceptional system characteristics regarding performance, storage density, scalability and flexibility, this patented concept defines new standards in automatic hanging garment storage and offers completely new application scenarios.
With the experience of more than six decades in the automatic hanging garment technology, psb intralogistics has established itself as world market leader for hanging garments stacker cranes. With the extensive system portfolio for the solution of the most different tasks in this sector, the company is the first contact even for unusual requirements like e.g. the hanging storage in an up to 12-fold deep automatic bicycle warehouse.
For more than ten years already, psb manufactures its own shuttle systems and pursues a permanent development of this technology. The 4th generation of these extraordinarily flexible shuttles sets record marks with regard to size and weight of the loads charged and is also used in the patented multi access warehouse. The most particular feature of this innovative system solution are the bin lifts that are integrated in the storage aisles to ensure an optimal use of the vario.sprinter shuttles. Thus, highest performance rates are enabled with a simple scalability and increased redundancy at the same time.
Based on proven technology and extensive know-how in mechatronics and software, psb combined the shuttle with hanging garment technology and set a further milestone in the storing of hanging garments with the dynamic fashion warehouse and the hanging garment shuttles.
Compared with the storage of small parts, this new concept achieves a much higher performance than a single stacker crane by using several hanging garment shuttles.
In addition, psb increases the storage capacity by the fast handling of the goods carriers with the blocks of hanging goods in the warehouse as well as the use of several goods carrier lifts. The innovative solution achieves further performance optimisation through separate storage and retrieval at different storage levels. This decoupling results in a simplified and clearly structured material flow to and from the warehouse with independent flows of goods.
The dynamic fashion warehouse achieves by means of the hanging garment shuttles a significantly higher storage density than the fully-automatic storage with a hanging garment stacker crane. The goods-carrier with a length of up to 1200 mm are stored up to three-fold deep lengthwise, which is also an important advantage compared to the stacker crane solution.
Also in terms of height division, the storage system can be optimally adapted to the customers’ requirements and thus achieve the best use of space. In the same way, it is possible to adapt the division of the channels towards each other in lengthwise direction of the storage to the specific articles of the customer.
As in the bin area, the psb hanging garments shuttle can also be scaled precisely to changing customer requirements by various measures. Depending on the performance requirements, additional shuttles can be easily integrated into the overall system during operation, thus increasing the output. Additional lifts for transporting the hanging goods to and from the respective storage levels can also be installed in warehouses already in use.
In order to increase capacity, extensions of existing warehouse aisles and additional aisles can also be implemented at any time during operation.
In addition to the simple scalability, the dynamic fashion warehouse convinces with the flexible handling of goods carriers with different length. As with the flat goods shuttles, smaller goods carriers can be stored up to 6-fold deep and larger units up to 3-fold deep. The overall efficiency is thus significantly increased as, depending on the respective requirements, either larger quantities of a single SKU or small quantities of several SKUs can be handled.
The trend in fashion distribution is towards more SKUs, fewer parts per SKU, faster collection changes and a further increase in the share of e-commerce. This development is associated with ever smaller quantities per stock access.
With its hanging garment shuttles and the associated high performance values, the dynamic fashion warehouse opens up completely new application scenarios. For the first time, the economically sensible handling of mixed goods carriers (with a high degree of storage utilisation) as well as partial removal of hanging garments from blocks is possible. This means that subsequent warehouse areas, such as e.g. dynamic buffers, are no longer necessary, a noticeably better use of space can be achieved and, finally, important cost advantages can be achieved.
By the multiple equipment with hanging garments shuttles as well as goods carrier lifts and the thus significantly increased redundancy, the dynamic fashion warehouse achieves an optimum availability of the stored articles. This is additionally supported by the fact that the goods carriers can be passed from warehouse aisle to warehouse aisle.
Safe handling is a central aspect of the new psb system. The different characteristics of the goods (from the light silk blouse to the heavy winter jacket) and the hangers (metal or plastic hangers in different qualities) had to be taken into account. For this reason, the articles are transferred safely and in a controlled way to a goods carrier at a central point outside the warehouse. Only these load handling units are then moved in the dynamic fashion warehouse, which guarantees high process reliability within the storage cube and consequently high availability rates.
With the dynamic fashion warehouse, the storage tasks can already be economically automated for small and medium-sized companies. Especially medium-sized customers can, e.g, start automating their processes with only one aisle and a small number of shuttles. With growing business success, the warehouse equipment can be flexibly scaled without any disadvantage to profitability.
psb already has acquired a long-term partner with a large number of fashion stores and e-commerce activities for the first realisation of the innovative dynamic fashion warehouse. This customer, very experienced in automatic handling and storage of hanging garments, was impressed by the new system solution and the associated usage scenarios. The currently planned three aisles with its Garment On Hanger Shuttles offer the same storage and retrieval capacities as the previous 9 aisles with stacker cranes and have a capacity of 1.2 million hanging garments.