Automation accelerates! T E C H N O L O G I E S A trio of order preparation tech solutions. FM Logistic has selected three key technologies in order to streamline order preparation. These goods-to-person solutions are now being rolled out in the Group sites. They all bring products to the order pickers so that they never have to go in search of a product. AutoStore is an automated storage and retrieval system for small products. Instead of using standard shelving separated by aisles, it is laid out as a compact grid in which bins of products are stacked on top of each other, rather like a large-scale Rubik s Cube. Robots travelling along the top surface deliver the appropriate bins to the workstations and return them to storage. FM Logistic is currently testing AutoStore in the Czech Republic. Geek+ robots are used to handle heavier loads, such as pallets or even entire shelves. FM Logistic is using 24 units for JDE, the world s leading coffee company, at its Longueil-Sainte- Marie logistics centre in France. The Locus robots bring empty bins or boxes to the pickers, tell them which goods to pick, and then move on to another operator. When all the items for an order have been brought together, they transfer the products to the packing stations. Pushing trolleys is now a thing of the past! FM Logistic uses 40 Locus robots at Ressons-sur-Matz in France. A further 40 will be installed for IKEA in Poland during 2022.
We ve made a number of structural choices in
terms of automation. Having run many pilot projects, we re now entering the rollout and industrialisation phase. Xavier Prévost Business solutions, information systems and transport director
AUTOSTORE an automated storage and retrieval system for small products
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That s how many more products can be picked by one operator
using automated goods-to-person systems.