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Automatically more efficient

Semi automated order picker

Digital process and supply chains and the growing individualization of products require greater automation of intralogistics processes. Horizontal picking offers considerable optimization potential in the warehouses of retail chains, logistics service providers, supermarkets and drugstores. This process consists largely of employee walking and manual picking and placing of goods. Such process steps become much more efficient with semi-automated order pickers (Semi-Automated), from Linde. This significantly increases productivity and throughput in the warehouse.

The advantages of semi-automated order pickers at a glance

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High-performance safety scanner and other safety functions minimize accident and injury risks in automated mode.



The semi-automated driving modes contribute to higher picking efficiency.

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The semi-automated option of the N20 SA and N20 C SA order pickers can be seamlessly integrated into existing processes.

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Cost efficiency

Due to the higher pick performance and handling capacity, the new vehicle option pays for itself within a very short time.

Higher performance at every turn

As the interface to the human workforce, the industrial trucks play a central role in optimizing order picking. It is one of the most strenuous and time-consuming tasks in the warehouse and consists of 30 to 45 percent of the employee’s walking and another 30 to 45 percent of the manual picking and placing of the goods. Overall, there is optimization potential that can be tapped with the help of automation.

These order pickers are available with SA option

We are happy to advise you

There are many challenges in the area of material flow, but also new opportunities. To master these, the material flow must be planned quickly and precisely. This is only possible with holistic advice. Talk to us!

Mitarbeiter Oliver Stang
Oliver Stang

This is where the semi-automated driving modes of the N20 SA and N20 C SA order pickers come into play: They significantly reduce walking distances and vehicle loading and unloading, which has a direct impact on handling performance and productivity in the warehouse. Every step that the employee avoids increases his performance and picking frequency. Tests with different methods showed around 20 percent higher performance with the semi-automated Linde order pickers compared to manual picking. One major advantage of the automated functions: They can be seamlessly integrated into the customer’s processes, allowing employees to maintain their usual picking routine but make it significantly faster and safer.

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More efficient order picking

To prove the high optimization potential, Linde conducted a performance test with three common picking methods. The result: compared to purely manual picking, efficiency was increased by around 20 percent.

Runs with and drives ahead

SA operation offers two modes for the most common customer applications: One of the most common processes in high-bay warehouses is picking on one side of the rack, where an employee walks down the aisle in a U-shape. Ideal for this is the “walk-with-me” mode. In this drive mode, the vehicle follows the operator’s walking path. If the operator stops, the vehicle also stops. If the operator continues walking, the truck continues the journey. The operator can stay at the rack and collect the goods; the constant walk to the operator’s platform and back to the rear of the fork is eliminated. The onward journey is triggered by the employee passing a certain point. This so-called “virtual wall” can be selected via the remote control.

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In smaller warehouses, the “continuous” mode is suitable, in which the vehicle travels through the middle of the aisle and is loaded from both sides. Here, the operator walks a Z-shaped path back and forth between both sides of the rack to pick up and place goods. The operator benefits from the Stop & Go function by sending the truck ahead while staying on the fork side, shortening walking distances. If necessary, however, the operator can simply drive the truck himself.

Safety at the highest level

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To ensure that semi-automated driving does not pose a safety risk, the vehicles are equipped with a high-performance safety scanner integrated at the front. This scanner detects people as well as other trucks and even detects obstacles that suddenly appear in front of the vehicle. This avoids collisions and accidents. Localization of the operator is possible with centimeter precision through the remote control, which communicates via ultra-wideband technology with four antennas on the vehicle. A special guard at the front of the bumper prevents the operator’s feet from getting under the vehicle. Several lights mounted on a bar use different colors to indicate the current driving mode. They also light up when the vehicle is operating in semi-automatic mode and warn when the remote control is not paired with the vehicle. To allow a safe and comfortable working area for the operator, the vehicle automatically maintains a minimum distance of 50 centimeters from the racking and stops at the end of the aisle to basically avoid collisions with other vehicles on the main travel paths in the warehouse.

We are happy to advise you

There are many challenges in the area of material flow, but also new opportunities. To master these, the material flow must be planned quickly and precisely. This is only possible with holistic advice. Talk to us!

Mitarbeiter Oliver Stang
Oliver Stang

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