AutoStore, inventor and provider of the grid-based, scalable warehouse automation system, has announced the signing of a strategic agreement with Dematic, a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services.
As a result of the contract, the extreme high-density storage and goods-to-person picking system designed and manufactured by AutoStore will become part of the respected system integrator’s supply chain optimisation solutions portfolio. Dematic will offer, configure, engineer, install and support AutoStore as a sub-system within its overall supply chain installations, or as a standalone storage and fulfilment solution. The partnership will look to enhance AutoStore's market presence, as well as position it to keep pace with the growing demand for its warehouse automation systems.
The AutoStore system is a logical fit for the Dematic portfolio, said the company, providing a greater selection for customers tasked with optimising their storage and order fulfilment capabilities.
AutoStore is a modular storage and piece picking system that can be easily installed in low or irregularly shaped buildings and around pillars, to optimise storage density. The system has a low energy requirement, with energy recovery taking place during bin lowering and robot braking operations. AutoStore has a capacity of 4x or more than conventional storage approaches, while the goods-to-person approach eliminates order picker travel time and boosts productivity.
The infrastructure of the Autostore system is independent of the building structure, allowing cost-effective installation in existing facilities, as well as the feasibility to disassemble and relocate it to a new warehouse when required
AutoStore CEO and president Karl Johan Lier said: “AutoStore continues to grow at a substantial rate, and as a result, we are delighted to work in partnership with Dematic. They will enhance our market presence and give us the excellent global support we need to keep pace with expansion. We believe that AutoStore fits very well into their portfolio of products, and we are looking forward to a fruitful relationship with Dematic.”
“The Dematic suite of solutions is comprehensive; adding AutoStore to the mix enables users to obtain the ideal storage, buffering and piece picking solution,” commented Dematic International CEO Jeff Moss. “The ability to design and implement a wide variety of system configurations is critical to effectively accommodate the growing demands of omni-channel distribution in this age of acceleration. The Dematic expanded solution will be a sure way for our customers to serve their customers better and faster.”