Prize-Winning Solution for E-Commerce Processes
psb GmbH has won this year’s »VDI-Innovationspreis 2012« [VDI Innovation Award 2012] for its state-of-the-art solution for intralogistics processes. With this award, VDI-GPL promotes outstanding developments in logistics, with reference to reliability, availability and security.
The prize has been presented in the course of the VDI Wissensforum, during the "21. Deutscher Materialfluss-Kongress" [21st German Material Flow Congress] in Munich. It is proof of the forward-planning innovation management in the company’s anniversary year, which is celebrated under the slogan »innovations for generations – 125 years of psb«.
In times, when the flow of information and goods is gaining more and more importance, in-house logistics has become a key success factor in global competition. The economic processing of small order sizes, within the most different time frames, is the most challenging task for many enterprises.
The prize-winning solution is a psb system with a high degree of economic efficiency, for a large variety of applications in the e-commerce business and returns management in the most different sectors, as fashion, automotive and electronics industry. The innovation consists of elements of the order picking stations rotapick 3.0 and the uninterrupted connection to the warehouse environment, which is operated by psb vario.sprinter shuttles. »A smart solution, I think…«, Professor Willibald A. Günthner pointed to the high degree of innovation of the psb concept in his award speech at the Technical University of Munich. By buffering the totes at the
workstation, unnecessary repeated transports from the warehouse to the order picking station, and back, are avoided – an energy-saving process. During normal work load, or light load, not all conveyor elements need to be active; yet, permanent access to each tote box in the warehouse is provided.
Special emphasis is put on the ergonomic design of the rotapick workstations: both, source totes and target totes, are supplied in a position which is comfortable for the worker.
This configuration complies, to a very high extent, with the psb green efficiency approach. The vario.sprinter shuttle systems require only about a tenth of the power which is needed for the operation of a traditional AS/RS stacker crane system. The energy, developed during the deceleration (and braking action) of the vario.sprinter devices, is immediately re-generated into the supercapacitors of the shuttles.
»The entire psb team is proud of this award, which is proof for the fact, that only the know-how across generations, plus new ideas, can build the foundation for the future«, Werner Klein, Managing Director of psb GmbH, points out the meaning of the VDI Award for the employees in the company’s anniversary year.
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