Swisslog PowerStore pallet shuttle launched in GCC
Swisslog is set to roll out PowerStore in the Middle East market after adapting the system to the region’s standards and Swisslog’s Middle East product portfolio.
“A global business model demanded by international companies requires technologies that can be used anywhere – especially in logistics,” says Daniel Hauser, managing director, Central Europe & Middle East of Swisslog’s Warehouse and Distribution Solutions (WDS) division.
The company expects rapid acceptance of PowerStore in the Middle East market because the shuttle system offers an excellent cost-benefit ratio with maximum resource savings. It follows Swisslog’s FRESH concept, which promises outstanding flexibility, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and a holistic approach.
In North America, PowerStore is already being used successfully at PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, Trinchero winery and motor oil manufacturer Amalie.
PowerStore is an automated compact storage system for pallets. Previously, it was compatible only with block and stringer pallets based on the North American UL standard; now it can accept Euro 1, Euro 2, GKN and CHEP Blue pallets.
The compact system supports storage depth up to 20x and beyond per channel within a rack design. This rack design can have ten or more levels and adapts to virtually any building topography, accommodating existing support walls as well as sloped, multi-level and barrel roofs.
“PowerStore utilizes virtually every square meter,” says Hauser. At Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV), a major U.S. manufacturer, seller and distributor of PepsiCo beverages, PowerStore increased storage capacity by as much as 60%.
Row and aisle carriers are used for pallet storage and retrieval. Vertical conveyors transport the pallets to any rack level.
At PBV, PowerStore’s high dynamics support 580 pallet operations (storage and retrieval) per hour. At the same time, customers benefit from state-of-the-art software control and energy-saving operation thanks to advanced mechanical and electrical components from a manufacturing process that meets ISO 14001 and emphasizes environmentally friendly product design.
In addition, Swisslog has adapted its pallet shuttle system, which used to be highly U.S.-centric, to its general company standards. “The details now harmonize much better with our overall portfolio,” says Hauser, pointing to seamless integration of all PowerStore components at the customer as well as reliable maintenance and rapid spare parts delivery.
PowerStore from Swisslog is part of the Swiss intralogistics provider’s technology offerings that meet the requirements of Industry 4.0. It is integrated into an advanced software landscape and can be connected to Swisslog’s SynQ software platform or used in conjunction with virtually any other modern warehouse management system.
PowerStore displays great flexibility when used across industries and can be deployed in deep-freeze environments with temperatures as low as -30°C.