A forklift places the Pallet Shuttle in the channel where work is to be done.
Semi-automatic compact system that uses an electric shuttle to load and unload the pallets inside shelves quickly and accurately.
A compact storage system in which a shuttle, driven by an electric motor runs on rails inside the storage channels, replacing forklifts, considerably reducing operating times and enabling items to be grouped by channel rather than in complete lanes.
The Pallet Shuttle follows orders sent by an operator using a tablet with WiFi connection, depositing the load in the first free placement location in the channel and compacting the pallets as much as possible. By removing the need for forklifts to enter the lanes, storage capacity is increased in terms of depth, the risk of accidents and damage to the racks is negligible, operator movements are optimized and warehouse operation is modernized and made more flexible.
It is an ideal solution for companies with a high volume of pallets per item and intensive loading and unloading activity.
These benefits, allied to its efficient use of energy, lead to immediate cost savings, making the Pallet Shuttle one of the most cost-effective compact storage systems available.
Interlake Mecalux designs and manufactures all the component parts of the Pallet Shuttle compact storage system, including the special racking structure to ensure optimal movement of the shuttles. The company also manufactures its own shuttles.
This guarantees perfect operationand a perfect fit for all the different elements of the system, as well as their quality and compliance with the safety regulations in force in each country.
Thanks to the resources invested in R&D&I, Mecalux’s Pallet Shuttle includes the latest technological innovations, offering optimal performance at a very competitive price. It has innovative features, including remote control via tablet, the positioning camera and the safety scanner. It is also one of the fastest systems on the market and can be adapted to the specific needs of any warehouse, making it even more efficient.
Interlake Mecalux provides a warranty of five yearsfor the Pallet Shuttle racking structure, of one year for the operation of the shuttle, and of six months for the operation of the batteries.
According to the dictionary definition, a shuttle is a vehicle that travels to and fro between fixed points at frequent intervals. Mecalux’s Pallet Shuttle fits this description perfectly, with the journey being from the rack’s P&D station to the first available space in the storage channel, and back again (or vice versa, for unloading).
Eventually the evolution of compact storage systems raised the following question: Why not make it a motorized shuttle, instead of a forklift, that enters the storage channel to handle the pallets, increasing loading and unloading speeds and optimizing the effective capacity of the warehouse?.
The smart answer was the Pallet Shuttle: The racking structure is adapted so a shuttle with an electric motor can move along the inside of storage lanes on a track, following the commands given by the operator using a WiFi tablet.
The forklift just leaves the load on the track, and the Pallet Shuttle picks it up and moves it independently, storing it in its placement location while keeping the pallets as compact as possible. By removing the need for forklifts to enter the lanes, handling times are reduced, storage capacity is increased in terms of depth, the risk of accidents and damage to the metal shelves is negligible, operator movements are optimized and warehouse operation is modernized.
This is how the Pallet Shuttle system offers a compact storage solution that reduces operating costs and improves performance in the supply chain. Making progress the smart way.Top
In semi-automated installations, operators only need to handle the forklifts that carry the pallets and initiate the motorized shuttle’s activity. The movement of the shuttles inside the racking is automated.
A forklift places the Pallet Shuttle in the channel where work is to be done.
Next, the forklift is used to position pallets one by one in the channel entrance, resting them on the load-bearing beams.
Using the tablet, the operator sends the command to the shuttle to start the loading operation. Once the location of the pallet has been identified, the Pallet Shuttle lifts the pallet slightly above itself and moves it horizontally until it reaches the first available location, where it deposits the pallet. Different sensors accurately control the movement of the load being stored.
The Pallet Shuttle returns to the beginning of the lane in order to repeat the operation with the next pallet, and so on, as many times as necessary until the channel is filled. Before the last position is filled, the shuttle is removed and the sequence is repeated in the next channel where work is required.
They are the vertical components that can be adapted to a wide range of load requirements.
They are the horizontal, robust racking components where loads are deposited.
The Pallet Shuttle runs on rails inside the storage channels. Its design facilitates loading and keeps the shuttle centred.
These are used to fix and anchor the rail at each load level to the entry/exit frame's outer upright.
These fix the rails to the beams on all points except at the channel's entry and exit.
Made of folded sheet metal, in a 5 or 8-mm thick L-shape, these are used as a detection element to slow and stop the shuttle in normal working conditions.
These are fitted to the entry/exit points in the storage channels to aid in the placement of the unit load in the channel, ensuring it has been centred.
The shuttle runs smoothly along the inner lane thanks to these wheels and, as such, can move the goods.
This type of wheels is used to guide the shuttle in the longitudinal direction.
Used to prevent possible collisions or incidents resulting from improper use.
Receives orders transmitted via WiFi from the control tablet.
Used to prevent potential jams or collisions.
Installed on either side of the Pallet Shuttle to control access to the channels more safely while the shuttle is in operation.
The system lifts pallets via the platform, facilitating pallet movements.
Batteries are slotted into the shuttle and power the shuttle's movements.
This component warns if problems occur with the shuttle.
Indicates the status of the batteries to know when it is necessary to recharge them.
Ensures the Pallet Shuttle stops for any preventive maintenance tasks.
Used to detect the position of the Pallet Shuttle at the ends of the channel.
Helps the operator to centre the shuttle between the two rails.
Used to detect the position of pallets that are loaded on the Pallet Shuttle, or that have been deposited.
Ensures the fastening of the shuttle on the lifting blades of the forklift, preventing it from moving during travel.
The semi-automated system allows for two types of operation:
Where the last pallet loaded is the first to be unloaded. Loading and unloading is carried out from the same side. It is the most common system used with the Pallet Shuttle system.
Where the first pallet loaded is the first to be unloaded. Two access aisles are needed: One to load the goods and another to unload them. This FIFO system is relative, or by batches, recommended for completely loading or unloading a level.
The forklift operator sends the storage and retrieval orders to the shuttle through a WiFi tablet. Operation is very simple and intuitive, and does not require special training. The most noteworthy features are:
Selects the type of pallet to be handled.
Selects the load management strategy.
Selects which side of the structure you want to work on (in FIFO mode).
Activates the additional locking system, which increases contact between the Pallet Shuttle and the forklift forks.
Groups pallets at the beginning (LIFO) or end (FIFO) of the channel.
Loads/unloads a channel without stopping.
Selects the number of pallets to be extracted.
Counts the number of pallets stored in the channel.
Activates the acoustic and light signals to identify the location of the selected shuttle.
Manages user permissions for the shuttles for authorized personnel.
Automatic or manual (for maintenance tasks).
Shows the number of shuttles in operation and their status.
Detects the incorrect position of the shuttle within the channel.
Recovers the damaged shuttle from within the channel.
Facilitates the insertion of the Pallet Shuttle on the rails.
In general, the Pallet Shuttle noticeably increases warehouse productivity when working with incoming and outgoing goods with a lot of pallets per item.
As such, it is the perfect option for:
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