AutoStore: Empowered by Bastian Solutions

 

Your Global AutoStore System Integrator

AutoStore is an innovative goods to person storage solution that allows complete configurability and flexibility.  Its unique design allows for easy and quick scalability through the addition of robots or bins, with no operational downtime. Bins are stacked vertically in a grid and retrieved by robots that travel on the top layer of the system. This makes it possible for the grid to be placed around columns, on mezzanines, and on multiple levels.

Commonly leveraged in a variety of industries by both large and small operations, Bastian Solutions experts can help you identify the best size and plan for forecasted growth and industry considerations. Whether used in fast-paced ecommerce, managing various SKUs and fulfillment methods at omnichannel or third-party logistics (3PL) facilities, AutoStore introduces speed, accuracy, efficiency and ergonomic work environments for an overall improved customer experience. Combined with Exacta intralogistics software and other picking and conveying solutions, this goods to person solution can easily support a fully automated order fulfillment process.

With our ability to integrate material handling systems, large and small, Bastian Solutions has seen repeated success with AutoStore installations across North and South America. Now as a global AutoStore integrator, we look forward to continued success with our clients on an international scale.

 

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AutoStore Customer Success Stories

Bastian Solutions is recognized as one of the top AutoStore integrators. See our top customer success stories featuring AutoStore.

How AutoStore Works

An AutoStore system is comprised of 4 main components: a structural grid, delivery robots, storage bins, and an operator port. Products are stored in stacked bins within the dense aluminum grid. As a product is needed to fulfill an order, the system software and controls alert a robot to find the bin containing the item.

If the bin is buried beneath other bins, a robot stages the extra bins on top of the grid until it retrieves the desired bin. It then takes that bin to the edge of the grid and delivers it to the operator fulfilling the order. As the bin is delivered, another AutoStore robot cleans up the staged bins on top of the grid by returning them to their original position.

As this process continues, the AutoStore system self-profiles, meaning the bins with faster moving products begin moving toward the top of the system, and bins with slower moving products transition to the bottom.

Components:

  • Grid: aluminum structure in which bins are stored on top of each other
  • Bin: unit in which products are stored
  • Port: where bins are delivered to operators
  • Robot: unit that transports bins throughout grid
  • Controller: plans and executes all AutoStore activity  

Similar to other goods to person options, AutoStore can be integrated with additional picking and conveying technologies – pick to light, conveyors, goods to robot – for a more fully automated order fulfillment solution. 

 

Features & Benefits

Space efficiency

  • High storage density and more storage locations
  • 40-60% reduction of space
  • Easy to integrate into existing warehouses
  • Flexible layout – Build grid around pillars and other static obstacles
  • Applicable in low ceiling buildings
  • Easily increase capacity by adding robots, workstations and grid (bin locations)
  • Expand the system during full operation

High Performance

  • Minimum 98% availability
  • Reduced single point of failure issues
  • Consolidation of orders at the workstations
  • Accommodates ecommerce and web shopping’s fast fulfillment needs
  • Seasonal changes automatically adjusted
  • Capacity throughput depending on SKU-rotation for optimal bin distribution
  • Order structure
  • 24/7 lights out operations

Green Usage & Cost Savings

  • Low power consumption and fewer moving parts
  • No roof-lighting is needed/used during normal operation of the system
  • Battery regeneration during operation
  • Reduced air to heat/clean/cool
  • Up to 50% more effective picking compared to traditional, manual picking methods
  • Labor cost savings
  • Fast port workstation learning curve for operators

Total Control & Reliability

  • Extreme high warehouse stock accuracy
  • Eliminates the need for manual inventory counts
  • Strong reduction of process and delivery errors
  • Inventory secured within the grid, when not accessible via the workstations

Micro-fulfillment (MFC) Application

  • Fully configurable and designed based on needs
  • Localized, in-store and dark store capabilities
  • Maximize capacity within a small footprint
  • Supports standalone, automated order buffering
  • Multi-zone and multi-order pick to cart operation option
  • Software order consolidation functionality
 

AutoStore Red Line

  • Most cost-effective choice for low and medium throughput operations
  • Uses single-double grid, meaning robots can only pass each other in one direction
  • R5 robot
    • Size: covers 2 storage cells
    • Accommodates 220 mm and 330 mm bins
    • 3.1 m/s drive speed
    • 71 dB sound
    • Cycle charging requires additional R5 robots to compensate
  • Carousel port
    • 250 bins per hour with R5 robots
    • 300 bins per hour with B1 robots
 

AutoStore Black Line

  • Higher throughput, more efficient 24/7 operations, and taller bins for high-demand systems
  • Most new components are compatible with old components
  • New double-double grid means robots can pass in all directions in tighter, more sophisticated patterns     
  • B1 robot:
    • Size: covers 1.5 storage cells
    • 75% higher acceleration than R5, due to brushless direct-drive motors in each wheel
    • 30 bins per hour per B1 robot. accommodating 220, 330, and 425 bin heights
    • Lithium-ion battery pack swap in 20 seconds, 99% run time
    • Smaller footprint/higher robot density
  • Relay port is a faster workstation
    • 650 bins per hour with B1 robots, minimum bin exchange time of 2 seconds
 

Considerations

To find the most effective storage and piece picking solution, whether you are deciding between different technologies, or AutoStore Red or Black Line, it’s important to consider:

  • Facility size, layout, and infrastructure (ex: slab thickness and obstacles to build around)
  • Potential facility modifications
  • Product size and weight
  • Order volume and speed
  • Peak-season, microfulfillment, same-day demands
  • Business growth forecast and objectives
 

AutoStore Resources


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