Dexion, one of the leading pan-European manufacturers and providers of high quality industrial and commercial storage solutions, recently announced the launch of its pallet shuttle storage system.
For businesses where space is at a real premium, pallet shuttle systems can be the first step towards a fully optimised and automated solution. Dexion’s new Pallet Shuttle System can be designed as either a semi or fully automated storage solution for handling goods in high-density areas that makes optimum use of space while improving efficiency.
“Real estate is expensive. Increasing footprint or relocating warehousing and storage tolarger premises is not always an option. At Dexion we’re helping our customers to ‘think inside the box’ and optimise what they have before taking the decision to move or expand. Pallet shuttle systems are a great option for organisations looking to use space in a smarter way,” said Matt Grierson, managing director at Dexion.
Dexion’s Pallet shuttle systems can be especially useful for cold storage, food and beverage production anddistribution warehouse environments. As it works with both First-In-First-Out and Last-In-First-Out, it is suitable for businesses that depend on an efficient pallet flow system for goods with a ‘best-before date’.
While drive-in racking addresses the need for high-density storage, it is not always efficient, as it requires width-restricted trucks and operators to enter the racking system. Dexion’s Pallet Shuttle System removes the need for forklifts to enter pallet channels and therefore frees up additional space for further storage as well as avoiding damage to racking caused by everyday contact with vehicles.
The shuttle is controlled by the forklift truck driver or in fully-automated applications via integrated machines. Pallets are placed by the driver onto a remote-controlled pallet cart (shuttle) located at the front of the rack. The shuttle picks up the pallet and moves it through the system, placing the pallets within a predetermined gapthroughout the channel. Pallets can then be collected by the forklift driver at the other end of the racking channel using a remote control. This unit can provide information on the channel and allows operatives to specify how many pallets should be brought to the face for collection. Information on the complete system is stored in the unit, making inventory and stock control processes instant and easily managed.
The Dexion shuttle will automatically return to its start point as soon as its battery life starts to diminish, allowing the operative to install a charged replacement battery or a second unit. This guarantees that pallets won’t be abandoned mid-way within the racking system.
Dexion’s Pallet Shuttle Solutions are available through its distributor network or direct.