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Automating Pallet Racks

Automating Pallet Racks at a Later Point The new compact “C” assembly group is completing the range of SSI Exyz storage-retrieval machines from SSI Schaefer. SSI Exyz C automates the pallet rack processes in existing buildings in heights of up to 13.5 m. Without any need to upgrade floor slabs or perform extensive modifications − implementation during ongoing operation is also possible. LOGISTICS With the new standard “C” module in the SSI Exyz product family, SSI Schaefer now offers the ability to fully automate pallet storage despite lower rack heights in existing buildings of up to 13.5 m in height. “In quite a few meetings with customers, we have been told that there is a need for a solution of this kind. This information was significant, and the requirements were immediately integrated into the new development of the SSI Exyz C,” explains Markus Sellen, product manager at SSI Schaefer. “The SSI Exyz C offers the same product and service features that we have become accustomed to in the SSI Exyz family of products. The most important difference is seen in the product’s compact design and ease of use.” Energy and cost efficiency in high-bay warehouse SSI Schaefer introduced the SSI Exyz storage-retrieval machines (SRM) to the market around ten years ago. The design of the standard assembly groups offered in the SSI Exyz SRM is based on a common device platform. This design principle allows the customer a maximum level of flexibility and the shortest possible commissioning times. The SSI Exyz series components can be designed based on a modular principle in accordance with customer-specific requirements and can be configured, pre-assembled and utilized short-term. Up until now, 11 SSI Exyz sizes and variants have been available, which could be equipped either as single- or double-mast machines with various load handling devices (LHD). While telescopic forks are used for single- or double-deep storage of large load carriers, beverage pallets, for example, can also be stored multiple-deep in the storage channel using the SSI Orbiter LHD. Therefore, the SSI Exyz SRMs form the basis for intelligent automation solutions both in standard and channel racking systems as well as in picking or freezer storage systems up to a height of 45 meters. The perfect way to automate existing plants As a compact class within the SSI Exyz family of products, the SSI Exyz C can now also be implemented in existing buildings of lower height, even later. “With its compact, light-weight construction, the SSI Exyz C makes efficient automation solutions possible for racking systems, even in buildings that in the past had been used as block storage areas,” explains Mr. Sellen. “The solutions can be implemented without any new floor slabs or other complicated remodeling measures.” Nonetheless pallet movements with up to 1,000 kg are possible for double-deep storage or up to 1,250 kg for single-deep storage. “So, the SSI Exyz C is definitely a suitable introduction into the process automation and digitalization of an existing system.” Moreover, this compact series can be utilized in the realization of new multiple-story plants. Fully automated pallet storage even at lower rack heights Especially with the low top and bottom approach dimensions, the SSI Exyz C is a convincing alternative and, therefore, provides another solution variant to the SSI Exyz family of products, making overall concepts with a high-volume utilization rate possible. To realize the lower bottom approach dimension, the intralogistics specialist relies on a compact construction of the travel unit. The good top approach dimensions are achieved by making beneficial use of toothed belts as an ideal load bearing medium. Consequently, the lifting processes are not performed using ropes on the compact devices, but instead with an easy deflection with only one guide pulley each on both the top and bottom ends of the mast with a circulating toothed belt. These technologies provide for additional storage capacities in lower high-bay warehouses, irrespective of whether in new construction or in converted older buildings. “From 5 up to 45 m, we can now cover all requirement options of the SRM market with the SSI Exyz family of products using a standard, innovative concept for maximum flexibility and performancebased customization”, so Michael Scheiner from the corporate Customer Service & Support (CSS) division of SSI Schaefer. Photo: SSI Schäfer 22 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2020

The new area gripper FMP lets you alternate between full-surface and partly covered gripping Gripper Update for Vacuum Tube Lifter Jumbo Ergo Schmalz is introducing a new generation of area grippers for its vacuum tube lifters in the Jumbo-Ergo series. The FMP is hugely versatile and reliably grips heavy workpieces weighing up to 140 kilograms even when only part of the suction area is covered. It replaces the FM gripper. Thanks to its modular design, the FMP also provides a basis for extending the area gripper portfolio for the vacuum tube lifter Jumbo in the future. The area gripper FM has been available for the Jumbo-Ergo for some time. It has now been fully replaced by the FMP generation. This area gripper may already be familiar to some: It has long since proven itself as an end-of-arm tool in vacuum automation. J. Schmalz GmbH is now bringing this successful concept to manual handling. Available in variants The new area gripper FMP is available in two lengths: 442 and 640 millimeters. It can be connected to the beam both lengthwise and crosswise. The beam connects the area grippers with the control handle and allows for the continuous adjustment of the grippers within this range. The FMP has a modular design. The base section is made from aluminum, and the easy-to-replace sealing foam with integrated filter protects the suction cup from dirt. Ideal for non-continuous surfaces In comparison to the FM variant, the effective area is increased by up to 32 square centimeters thanks to its new dimensions and optimized hole pattern. In contrast, the application itself remains the same: Both its behavior and area of use correspond to the FM „The FMP is replacing the FM gripper and features an impressive modular design“ system. That means the FMP is ideal for safely handling sheets with cut-outs, pallets or other workpieces with inconsistent surfaces. The new area gripper also makes it easy to switch between full-surface and partly covered gripping, for instance, for loading machines ergonomically and then removing the cut-outs. The vacuum provides reliable gripping, even if the suction area is not fully covered. Photos: J. Schmalz WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2020 23