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IMHX exhibitor news: KNAPP

IMHX exhibitor news: KNAPP

Located: Hall 20, Stand D128

Global warehouse automation provider, KNAPP, will be showcasing its intralogistics solutions on stand D128 in Hall 20. With over 1,700 active installations worldwide, KNAPP designs, delivers and supports automated material handling systems that feature the latest storage, picking and transport technologies, along with leading-edge software. Headquartered in Graz, Austria, the KNAPP group employs more than 4,500 staff across 41 locations worldwide and achieved a net turnover of 954 million euros in the business year 2018-19. Its key industry sectors are retail, e-commerce, fashion, healthcare, food retail and industry.

High-performance shuttle technology

Craig Rollason, managing director of KNAPP UK, says: “We are renowned for delivering highly efficient and accurate storage, order picking and dispatch systems. Our OSR ShuttleTM Evo – the latest generation of KNAPP’s shuttle storage system – forms the heart of many of our solutions. Developed with our experience from over 25,000 shuttles delivered across 250 shuttle systems worldwide, OSR ShuttleTM Evo is designed for optimum performance in terms of speed, availability, energy efficiency and durability.”

Brand-new order picking station

Exhibited for the first time in the UK at IMHX will be the company’s new Pick-it-Easy Evo workstation, which visitors will be able to interact with in live demonstrations on the KNAPP stand. Pick-it-Easy Evo combines ergonomic design with intuitive operation to enable warehouse staff to work smart, not hard.

A multitude of functions can be performed at the new workstation – from standard processes such as picking, decanting, consolidation and returns handling, to customer-specific operations. In addition, Pick-it-Easy Evo is designed to handle a broad range of goods and load carriers – containers, trays and cartons in various dimensions – with loads of up to 50kg. “Developed to work in synergy with our OSR Shuttle Evo automated storage system,” explains Craig Rollason, “the Pick-it-Easy Evo can either have a traditional connection to the store through a pre-zone or it can be connected directly to the OSR Shuttle in order to save space.”

Core technologies

A key technology used in many KNAPP retail and e-com solutions is the company’s Pocket Sorter, which combines an overhead conveyor system with matrix sortation to arrange pockets containing picked items into the precise sequence required for dispatch. Other products that will be promoted on the KNAPP stand include its Open Shuttle AGVs, the KNAPP-Store robotic ASRS, A-frame autopickers, the Pick-it-Easy robotic order picking system, intelligent conveyors and the range of garment-handling systems from Dürkopp Fördertechnik, a member of the KNAPP group.

KNAPP’s stand at IMHX will present its core technologies, including its redPILOT software and a virtual reality experience. The redPILOT solution is a cloud-based software – developed by redPILOT GmbH, a start-up company within the KNAPP group – designed to optimise warehouse logistics, with all experience gained being used for machine learning. The redPILOT solution helps warehouse operators to use available resources – such as systems, personnel, energy, space and materials – dynamically and intelligently in order to optimise performance in a context of constantly changing factors such as order structure, delivery dates and store optimisations.

As well as touching the physical equipment on the KNAPP stand, visitors will have the opportunity to experience KNAPP’s virtual reality warehouse with its Pick-it-Easy Virtual system. “Equipped with VR glasses and joysticks,” explains Craig Rollason, “visitors will be able to move around interactively in our virtual warehouse to experience a range of KNAPP automation technologies at first hand. In addition, members of our product development, sales and service teams will be on hand to discuss any potential projects or particular logistics challenges with visitors.”

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