L-A-C’s design team analysed reams of volumetric SKU data to determine the most fitting solution for iForces requirements, and concluded that the Exotec Skypod would deliver the necessary throughput and replenishment levels for iForce’s high profile retail clients.
Exotec Skypod is a revolutionary order-picking solution using a fleet of robots, uniquely operating in the x, y and z axes, developed to help e-merchants and retailers to best utilise their available warehouse space.
The Exotec Skypod structure installed at the Corby facility, consists of high density racking on the warehouse floor, reaching to 12m in height, with a capacity for 17,000 bins. A total of 43 Skypod robots are deployed to autonomously pick items using Lidar scanners located on the front of the robot, which map the floor and navigate to the required SKU location.
To streamline the order picking process, six pick stations were installed with a further pick station used for replenishments. Albeit, in order to offer 100% flexibility any picking station be utilised for replenishment based on demand. Operators stand at each pick station, where they receive the items in the bins from the Skypod robots, and then place the picked order item(s) into a tote. The order tote is then placed on a 30-meter length of L-A-C’s automated powered roller conveyor located behind the pick stations, which transports the tote to the packing area, ready for dispatch.
The replenishment process involves an operator collecting the relevant SKU carton from racking. The replenishment SKU’s are then transported tp the Exotec replenishment station, where they decanted into an empty storage tote.
Ready for the Skypod robots to replace within the Exotec racking structure, ready for the next order.