The growth in e-commerce continues to generate interest in industrial real estate. In combination with trends like piece-by-piece picking, and difficulties predicting future demand, there is a need for solutions that can optimise horizontal as well as vertical warehouse space and flexibly handle storage scenarios of varying SKUs. The eight metre high robot is Geek+’s answer to the growing demand for more storage capacity and flexibility inside the warehouse.
Increase storage capacity by 5x
The new member of Geek+’s award-winning RoboShuttle family, RS8-DA is a safe, efficient, and flexible high-density solution that solves the complex logistics scenarios brought on by the rise in e-commerce and the need for systems that can optimise precious warehouse space intelligently. The highest in the industry, compatible with eight metre high shelving and boxes or totes of varying width, the new robot can maximise the use of warehouses and improve space utilisation by 5x compare to manual picking. Compared to its predecessor RS5, RS8 will also improve storage density by up to 70%.
Liu Kai, Co-founder and VP of smart warehouse products at Geek+ says: "With e-commerce and warehouse rental spikes, businesses need a flexibility and space utilisation that traditional automation does not provide. As a long-term automation partner with strong R&D capabilities, we see it as our responsibility to facilitate various transitions that a business might be facing using flexible robotics. Our AMR solutions are uniquely tailored to meet industry-specific challenges that logistics operators are facing today.”
Built on a slim and robust chassis design, flexible doorframe, and double deep telescopic fork arms, the robot can navigate narrow aisles and reach a maximum height of 8145mm. Using its fork arms, the robot can access the inventory rows of varying depth placed as low as 285mm and as high as 7820mm, targeting horizontal as well as vertical warehouse space. What is more, the double-frame extension design allows the robot arm to reach eight metres high in just 8 seconds, which improves the picking efficiency while maximising the three-dimensional storage space as well.
Compatible with boxes varying in sizes
Equipped with an intelligent depth camera and high precision sensors, the robot can adjust its arms to pick boxes of varying sizes, optimising overall shelf space. The storage location can also be allocated according to the size of the box, improving inventory organisation. Even though the robot is working in the upper part of the warehouses, the operators can monitor the real-time box picking and return conditions with the intelligent depth camera mounted on the robot arm.
Connected to the WMS and driven by intelligent algorithms, the robot autonomously transfers up to eight totes to and from the workstation, automating picking, replenishment, reverse logistics, and inventory checking processes. Geek+ RoboShuttle robots are the first Tote to Person storage solutions to obtain CE and ETL certifications that meet EU standards for reliability and safety.
Simon Houghton, Head of Sales and Marketing at Geek+ UK & Ireland, says: "We are experiencing a rapidly growing interest in the type of solution that can optimise space, ensure the safety of employees, and bring accuracy and flexibility to warehouse operations. Using RS8’s eight metre reach and flexible box-picking capabilities adds another dimension as users can optimise their vertical space as well as the shelf space. Now, items of varying size and shapes can be stored optimally and flexible retrieved safely.”
Recently, Geek+ was named the No.1 Global AMR Market Leader by Interact Analysis, an international market research organisation focused on technology trends and market outlook. In the annual report on the Mobile Robot Market for 2021, Geek+ ranked first in terms of global AMR market share for the third year in a row. In early 2022, Geek+ will set up a new branch office in the United Kingdom, supporting the increasing demand for smart warehouse transformation globally.
For more information on Geek+ logistics robots, visit www.geekplus.com.