While the original NASA space shuttle program was ended some five years ago, the trend of using shuttle systems in warehouse technology is stronger than ever. "Most bids today require not only automatic mini-loaders but one-level shuttle systems as well," says Robert Fankhauser, Product Manager at SSI Schaefer. In response, the company is showcasing its new Cuby storage system at CeMAT 2016 that complements its range of shuttle systems including the Navette (multi-level shuttle for small load carriers), the Schaefer Tray System (multi-level shuttle for pallet layers) and the Schaefer Lift&Run (multi-level shuttle for pallets).
Designed to transport containers or cartons weighing up to 35 kilograms, the new Cuby one-level shuttle system consists of a rack, at least one lift, one shuttle per storage level, a shuttle crane at the back, maintenance platforms (lift platform and control cabinet platform at the front and access platform at the back) and the warehouse control system. By optimizing the functional distribution between rack and shuttle, fewer sensors and actuators are required on the shuttle and load handling device, which makes Cuby not only more cost-efficient than other one-level shuttle systems but more reliable, too. What’s more, its clever and unique use of the support beam as a guide for the shuttle’s load handling device is utterly unique, patent-pending and a testament to Schaefer’s in-depth knowledge of machine and rack technology.