Frequently Asked Questions Bins


What is the weight limit for a Bin?

Maximum load today is 30 kg (66 lbs).

Is it possible to have different AutoStore Bin sizes in one Grid?

No, mixing different Bin sizes is not supported by AutoStore.

However, movable dividers offer the most efficient and flexible solution. They allow customers to easily create various-sized compartments in Bins and fully utilize the maximum internal storage volume.

Are the Bins ESD secured?

We have three Bin materials available in the 220-, 330-, and 425-mm sizes: 

  • Anti-static: PP-ESD (black)
  • Static/Standard: HDPE or PP-C (grey)

Are the Bins waterproof in respect to leakage?

Yes, up to 25 mm (0.98 inches) under the top corner of the Bin.

Is it possible to put different products into one Bin?

Yes. AutoStore™ Bins are also prepared for the usage of physical and adjustable dividers which insert into the Bin to create multiple compartments (up to 32). It is up to the WMS to administrate and maintain the content of the Bins (stock/SKU).

Is it possible to put heavier loads into the Bin than the maximum 30 kg (66 lbs)? How does the system deal with this?

No, this could cause errors in the system. Sensors at the port will keep the system from accepting an overweight Bin.

Is it possible to remove a Bin from the Grid at the filling/picking station?

It is possible to take Bins out of the system at "transfer" ports, but the Bins need to be handled in a controlled, closed environment (e.g. a conveyor loop) to reduce risk of Bin damage.

How do you remove faulty Bins without stopping the system?

With the AutoStore Bin ResQ Robot, AutoStore super users (advanced trained users) can quickly retrieve overfilled or faulty Bins without physically entering the Grid. The system will continue running while Bins are being retrieved. This allows you to reduce the mean time to repair/recovery (MTTR) and achieve higher system availability. 

What are the inner dimensions of the Bins?

Approximate inside dimensions:

  • 220 mm Bin (Small): 600 x 400 x 200 mm (23.6 x 15.75 x 7.9 in)
  • 330 mm Bin (Medium): 600 x 400 x 310 mm (23.6 x 15.75 x 12.2 in)
  • 425 mm Bin (Tall): 600 x 400 x 400 mm (23.6 x 15.75 x 15.75 in)

Is a lid available for the top of each Bin?

It is not an official AutoStore module at present, but we are developing a new bin with a lid.

Can R5 handle 425 mm Bin?

No. R5 is too short to handle the 425 mm Bin.

Which Bin sizes are suitable for the R5, R5+ and B1?

R5 can access and transport the 220 mm and 330 mm Bins.

R5+ and B1 can access and transport the 220 mm, 330 mm, and the 425 mm Bins.

How many layers of Bins can the system handle?

Customers can use a maximum of 24 layers of Bins for 220 mm Bins, 16 layers for 330 mm Bins, and 14 layers for 425 mm Bins.

Which additional products are better suited for the increased bin size of 425 mm?

Key products accommodated with the taller 425 mm Bins are footwear and semiconductors.

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