Controller

The brain, in control. Always.

Keeping track of everything

The Controller is the brain of AutoStore. It knows the location of every bin, every robot, every port, and every SKU. Always. It is the command center of AutoStore.

Efficiency

Air-Traffic Control

The Controller processes order intake from the warehouse management system to assign tasks. Utilizing AutoStore software, the Controller sends tasks to Robots, directing their actions to find and collect Bins. Plotting their path through the Grid using the AutoStore software platform Router, the Controller is constantly adjusting the location and path of Robots in real time.

40% More Efficient

Robots are 40% more efficient using Router software  

30 Minutes

Robots can prepare entire bin sequences in only 30 minutes

In Control

This simple box contains the command center of AutoStore. A network connection to your infrastructure, a network switch, and the Controller PC are included in the Controller module. These provide the physical interface to your network. Delivering advanced access control for service personnel, it simplifies the planning and scheduling of tasks.

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Throughput

Router quadruples total throughput
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Workforce

Router doubles robot capacity
Acceleration

Always on the job

The Controller plans and schedules tasks to Robots and acts as an advanced traffic cop. It is constantly logging Bin and Robot positions in real time. The Controller will also run diagnostic troubleshooting when robot errors occur using XHandler, greatly increasing the system's uptime.

99.6% Uptime

Controller maintains optimal performance

10x the Performance

AutoStore greatly reduces hiring needs

Technical Specification

Measurement

W: 550 mm (1.8 feet) / L: 600 mm (1.9 feet) /
H: 705 mm (2.3 feet)

Operating temperature

2°–35° C (35°–95° F)

Operating humidity

40-90% non-condensing

Weight

70 kg

Power

230 V / 50 Hz

Power consumption

150 W (normal operation); 1,000 W max
Specification Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we use our existing software enterprise resource planning (ERP) or warehouse management system (WMS) with AutoStore?

AutoStore offers different standard interfaces (APIs) for the communication between AutoStore and WMS (picking/goods in and port operations).

Does AutoStore log all information in case of failures, and how is this organized?

Yes, all activity among other failures are logged and are traceable. The WMS can trace all Bins via Log Publisher. The customer needs to maintain the bin contents within their WMS and back up all critical data.

Is it possible to do night preparation?

Night preparation is a strategy where the Customer knows all, or maybe only a certain number of bins needed to fulfill the orders the next day.

The orders are already in the system the evening before and the Customer could benefit from pre-digging them up at night. The more bins known the better the night preparation and the new bin distribution will be.

This strategy is possible as long as the Robots get enough charging during the night. It might be necessary to have a superuser on-site if something goes wrong during the night.

Is it possible to do forecasting?

Forecasting is a strategy used by the Customer to predict the usage of bins for the next day based on data from the past (statistically from previous days or years).

The idea is to prepare a certain number of SKUs (Bins) at night so when the picking activity starts the next day, we can get a good match between the real orders and these forecasted bins. Only with a very high hit rate of the forecast will be the usage of the forecasting strategy beneficial.

Is it possible to change the picking list?

Yes, changes of tasks or task groups already transferred to AutoStore are possible. But each change may have a negative influence on the speed and efficiency of the system later on as the system may already have used Robot resources to prepare that Bin.

All FAQs

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