Frequently Asked Questions

Workstations

What throughput can we expect from the AutoStore Ports?

While an accurate throughput may vary case-by-case due to various factors, the throughput of each port is as follows:

  • The ConveyorPort is designed to handle 240 Bins per hour per port when located on a mezzanine level. When placed at the floor level, the throughput is 180 Bins per hour per port.
  • The SwingPort works with BinLifts to offer 160 Bins per hour per port.
  • The CarouselPort has an average throughput of 350 Bins per hour per port.
  • The RelayPort is built to handle up to 650 Bins per hour per port. The modularity of the port allows you to add from 2 to 6 Tab modules to buffer more bins inside the port.

 A simulation of the AutoStore design will provide the most accurate scope of the port throughput.

Is it possible to install port frames for the RelayPort to prepare for future extensions?

It is not possible because the RelayPort frame is the actual TAB module, which contains a lot of electronics not possible to mount later on-site. It must arrive from Poland pre-assembled. To install a RelayPort, it is necessary to remove all columns in the area. Pre-cutting columns will not save much time with the installation of the Port. In general, installing a RelayPort is a relatively simple process.

Are the Ports interchangeable?

Yes. We work to ensure all AutoStore modules can work on existing or new systems. The only exception to this is the 425 mm Bin which can only be accessed and moved by B1 due to height. However, all Ports can accommodate the 425 mm Bin.

How safe are the Ports since many are swinging Bins around?

Ports are designed with various safety features. For example, the SwingPort and RelayPort have access doors at the top which close before Bins move and open for Bin access after movement has stopped.

The CarouselPort is equipped with a sensitive safety hatch. If anything slides it off even slightly, movement at the Port stops.

What is the BinLift and how does it work?

The BinLift has two functions.

One: it works as part of the SwingPort to provide an extension to a system allowing order picking to happen on a different floor or level from the grid.

Two: it connects two completely different AutoStore grids to each other. This would be two separate systems with two databases. G2GPortManager keeps contact between both Controllers, listen to both ASlog files, and send messages to both systems.

If one bin leaves one grid via the bin lift, it will be removed from the originating grid's database. When it enters the second grid via the bin lift, it will be inserted to the database of the second grid. The WMS needs to maintain and balance the bin level in both installations. In the future, AutoStore will also offer such an "over-layer" software (on-demand).

Currently, the Bin Lift is not available for the US market.

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