Or­der pick­ing with vac­u­um tech­nol­o­gy – Eu­rotech of­fers com­plete so­lu­tions

The term “batch size 1” fre­quent­ly comes up dur­ing the pro­duc­tion and han­dling of plate goods. At the pre­sent stage, many of the large plate man­u­fac­tur­ers’ clients want or can on­ly buy very small quan­ti­ties. The in­creas­ing cost of stor­age space is on­ly one of the rea­sons for this de­vel­op­ment. This is why many plate man­u­fac­tur­ers are look­ing for a so­lu­tion for their pick­ing tasks. Eu­rotech has al­ready de­vel­oped sev­er­al ap­pli­ca­tions in this field. Rang­ing from high-bay stores with in­te­grat­ed vac­u­um com­mis­sion­ing sys­tems to in­di­vid­u­al­ly cus­tomised so­lu­tions, the ex­pert in vac­u­um lift­ing tech­nol­o­gy of­fers the per­fect way of re­al­is­ing a wide range of tasks.



To­day, many plates can be pro­duced in the same time that was need­ed to com­plete a sin­gle item in the past. This in­creased pace of pro­duc­tion has in­creased the out­put of the plants. The mar­ket is flood­ed with plate goods of all types, ma­te­ri­als, colours and fin­ish­es. In ad­di­tion, trends play an im­por­tant role nowa­days. De­signs that are mod­ern to­day may be­come out­dat­ed with­in a brief pe­ri­od of time, prompt­ing the cus­tomer to look for a new va­ri­ety.


This drives plate man­u­fac­tur­ers to their lim­its. As a re­sult of the over­sat­u­ra­tion of the mar­ket, cus­tomers are faced with an im­mense se­lec­tion of prod­ucts. In this en­vi­ron­ment, no sin­gle type of plate stands a chance to achieve high sales. Many items are or­dered in small quan­ti­ties. Pick­ing these plates man­u­al­ly pos­es a threat to qual­i­ty and health. On the one hand, more em­ploy­ees are re­quired to car­ry the plates; on the oth­er hand, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to stack pol­ished fin­ish­es man­u­al­ly with­out caus­ing dam­age.


This is where Eu­rotech’s vac­u­um tech­nol­o­gy comes in­to play. A vac­u­um pick­ing tool that us­es a suc­tion sys­tem to draw the plates in can lift them with­out the items shift­ing or slip­ping. Not on­ly does this en­sure con­sis­tent qual­i­ty, it al­so re­duces the phys­i­cal strain on the em­ploy­ees who were pre­vi­ous­ly pick­ing the plates man­u­al­ly.


Plates are picked, equipped with slave boards and pack­aged com­plete­ly au­to­mat­i­cal­ly. On­ly one per­son is re­quired to op­er­ate the plant. If the busi­ness us­es a can­tilever rack, on­ly one ad­di­tion­al em­ploy­ee is need­ed to load the var­i­ous re­moval sta­tions in al­ter­na­tion with pal­lets of dif­fer­ent plate goods.


The pick­ing de­vice starts with a slave board on the cus­tomer pal­let in or­der to pro­tect the goods from dam­age by the lat­ter. As long as the slave board is in place, an ad­di­tion­al pal­let with type-A plates is placed in an un­oc­cu­pied sta­tion on the shelf. The Eu­rotech com­mis­sion­ing sys­tem picks up the or­dered plates from this sta­tion and de­posits them on the cus­tomer pal­let. Dur­ing this pro­cess, the next sta­tion on the shelf is si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly load­ed with one pal­let of a dif­fer­ent type of plate. This pal­let can now be picked. When­ev­er one pal­let is be­ing picked, one space on the shelf is emp­tied and used to make a new type of plate avail­able. Once an or­der has been picked com­plete­ly, the vac­u­um de­vice places an ad­di­tion­al slave board on the stack. The cus­tomer pal­let can now be col­lect­ed for pack­ag­ing.


Or­der pick­ing so­lu­tions by Eu­rotech pro­tect the oc­cu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty of your em­ploy­ees, safe­guard the qual­i­ty of your goods and im­prove the ef­fi­cien­cy of your dis­patch de­part­ment.



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