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Automated warehouse to replace forklifts

Supplier: Industrial Conveying Australia

Fast tracked development in turnkey materials handling has taken a step towards eliminating warehouse reliance forklift truck fleets.


Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd is using its design-to-completion capabilities to fit out warehouses and processing plants with Automated Warehouse Trucks (AWTs).

The company’s expanded service capability will suit many industries including food and retail, warehousing and third party logistics, general engineering and transport.

Operating completely without driver assistance, AWTs navigate using a laser guided or a spot system (or a dual system using both). The laser guided system utilises a sensor on top of each truck that scans appropriately positioned reflectors to determine its position while it navigates and carries out inventory assignments.

Because human intervention is taken out of the equation, an AWT-based system does not stop for lunch breaks, can work multiple shifts without tiring, it does not take sick leave, and it improves overall OH&S as personnel involvement around AWTs is far lower than with lift trucks.

A ‘high lift’ option with a Tri-lateral head allows 180 degree rotation for fast
access to all parts of a storage facility.

Managing Director of Industrial Conveying, Mr Don Erskine, says the
introduction of AWT-based turnkey solutions coincides with the company’s
general expansion along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

“Our new regional office in Brisbane provides us with a base to comprehensively cover the east coast,” said Mr Erskine.

“Plus, with many large warehouse-based companies found in this territory our AWT solution is well timed to enter the market.

“Australian companies are genuinely looking for technical solutions to materials handling needs and our turnkey capability ensures they no longer have to look overseas for product, design and implementation.”

Apart from increasing output and safety, AWT systems have a very short
investment payback time and maintain a high level of work quality even on a 24/7 operation.

The technology has flexibility application to integrate with just about any
warehouse management system.

Counterbalanced vehicles can use various attachments including pallet forks, reel forks, reel clamps or reach forks.