Geek+, WSR Team for Smart Palletizing
August 17, 2021
Geek+ launched a new solution for
Smart Mixed Case palletizing, co-developed with WSR Solutions, a provider of
intelligent warehouse management tools. The solution combines Geek+ autonomous
mobile robots and WSR’s intelligent palletizing algorithm to help warehouse
operators systematically handle the processing of multiple outbound orders in an
efficient, safe, and flexible way.
The storage area is built on multiple layers using high-density racking and bulk
lifts for more storage capacity. After inbound processing, pallets of incoming
goods (donor pallets) are stored in high-density racking. Donor pallets are then
moved horizontally by four-way shuttles and vertically by lifts. The system
flexibly solves bottlenecks caused by rapid changes in required throughput. With
no need for wires and long installation periods, the number of shuttles can be
flexibly adjusted to handle changes in required throughput, and peak values can
be changed using the system’s scheduling tool.
Upon receiving the outbound order, items of high outbound volume go to a buffer
area between the storage area and the workstation. Upon registering an incoming
order, a picking robot picks up the donor pallet from the storage area and moves
it to the buffer area for temporary storage. At the buffer area, picking robots
streamline the movement of pallets, ensuring the smooth supply and optimal
sequencing of source pallets to the workstation.
At the workstation, an operator picks cases from a donor pallet and stacks them
on an order pallet based on a pre-calculated stacking pattern. The user-friendly
interface provides the operator with information on outbound orders such as
required type and quantity of goods, and the SAT laser pointer specifies case
At the loading area, optimally stacked pallets are loaded onto trucks by autonomous forklifts without the need for re-palletization. By optimizing how pallets are stacked it improves truck space utilization, lowering the overall transport costs. The algorithm enables efficient organization and order sequencing of large-scale, mixed case combinations. It can be tailored to fit customers' actual business needs for allocation and priority management, making a powerful tool applicable to a wide range of industry scenarios.