Flexible and scalable warehouse automation
The iCUBE is an innovative warehouse automation solution designed from the ground up with flexibility and scalability as it’s cornerstone principles.
What makes the iCUBE stand out from all other warehouse automation systems on the market is the fact that the iCUBE offers the advantage of full scale automation, while using far less machines than any other system.
Main system advantages:
Highest storage efficiency
Safe and efficient automation
Scalable system design
Works with both Euro and CHEP pallets
Advanced Logiqs WMS software fully automates complex transport strategies
Equipment is designed to minimise the possibility of damage to products and racking
LOGIQS AS/RS Configurator
Design the ideal AS/RS layout for your automated warehouse or production facility
The iCUBE operates all the pallet movements using only the Logiqs 3D-Carriers and Lifts. All machine and pallet movements are controlled automatically using our intelligent Warehouse Control Software (WCS).
The Warehouse Control Software (WCS) allows the operator to issue large batches of tasks, and operates all the tasks automatically according to priority without requiring the operator to manually operate the machines at any time.
The 3D-Carriers and the Lifts use their own arrays of sensors for movement and safety reasons, so no other always-on sensors are needed in the warehouse.
The iCUBE is one of the few warehouse automation systems that can be implemented in existing warehouses, new builds as well as in phased builds. Both the racking and the automation can be modified in phases allowing for both changes of capacity and throughput according to the customer’s needs.
MAXIMUM SPACE USAGE
The Logiqs 3D-Carriers and Lifts as well as the X-tracks (side movement tracks between aisles for the 3D-carriers) are extremely compact, and have a low impact on the overall storage capacity of the warehouse. Our software makes all picking strategies possible, allowing for full usage of the available storage lanes.
The loading and unloading area for an iCUBE system can also be designed to be much more compact than in a conventional warehouse. The system can be equipped with one or more Pallet Transfer Car that move pallets to and from the dock to the storage area. This solution dramatically improves space usage for the loading/unloading dock and guarantees a high throughput rate for the loading/unloading area.
The iCUBE warehouse automation system also has the added benefit of allowing a high grade of product lot diversification, because it’s not limited to only the FIFO and LIFO logistical approaches. The 3D-Carrier can also do re-organise tasks, when needed, allowing the operator to easily access all pallets in the warehouse.
HIGH AVAILABILITY AND HIGH THROUGHPUT
Depending on system size and throughput requirements the iCUBE can be equipped with as little as one 3D-Carrier and one Lift. If the size and/or throughput requirements of the warehouse are higher, the system can be equipped with as many 3D-Carriers and Lifts as needed. And since all machine movements are automatically controlled by our software, several 3D-Carriers can work together to complete high priority tasks quickly.
For warehouses where high availability is paramount, the system can also be equipped with more X-tracks (side movement tracks between aisles for the 3D-carriers) so that the 3D-Carriers can reach individual pallets even faster. This also results in shorter individual aisles and therefore in an even better availability for individual pallets or pallet batches.
The 3D-Carriers can also work together through hand-offs using the lift, so that one 3D-Carrier can fetch the pallets from the top level and place them in the lift, while a second 3D-Carrier waits at the bottom level to transfer the pallets to the loading/unloading area.
When an iCUBE uses more than one 3D-Carrier and one Lift, the system also becomes redundant, and the iCUBE can continue operating even in case one of the lifts or 3D-Carriers malfunctions or are undergoing maintenance.
One of the main advantages of an iCUBE automatic warehouse is the increased safety, both when compared to conventional forklift operated warehouses, but also to large automated crane systems that employ very heavy machinery. Safety zones can be configured in the iCUBE, so that the 3D-Carriers can keep executing tasks in the rest of the warehouse, while a certain zone of the warehouse becomes no-limit to the 3D-Carriers. By using an iCUBE system, forklifts are completely eliminated from the main storage area removing both the risk of operator injury and of possible damage to the racking that could occur as a result of a forklift accident.
Warehouse Control Software(WCS)
The iCUBE is controlled with our own Warehouse Control System (WCS), through which the entire automation is controlled automatically. The tasks can be given either automatically using a link to the company’s ERP system, or tasks can be entered by an operator using the WCS’s intuitive graphical user interface.
The WCS uses advanced algorithms to manage the iCUBE automatically and control inbound and outbound pallet transfers without the need for user interference for each individual machine operation.
Task priority, task scheduling, reorganise tasks as well as complex transport plans can all be easily controlled using our intelligent WCS.
Our WCS can be configured according to the needs of the warehouse and automatic protocols can be set for reorganising pallets during down-time, preparing them for shipment according to the pending outbound shipment orders.