DAMBACH Lagersysteme has been operating successfully in the areas of intralogistics, warehousing technology, and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) since 1974. DAMBACH was one of the first companies worldwide to install curve-going storage and retrieval machines in a high bay warehouse and is the global market leader in this market segment.
Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) consist of various installations, warehousing technology, machinery, and the related organizational elements. A defined storage capacity is assured by material and data flows. The ASRS is therefore a key element in intralogistics.
The Tasks of a Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)
The aims of an automated storage and retrieval system are to optimize the actual material flows and reduce the stocks held by improving the organizational structures. Irrespective of the type of warehouse, DAMBACH ASRS help to ensure that stocks are always ready for dispatch and fluctuations in demand are absorbed. Depending on the solution adopted, operations can be carried out with storage and retrieval machines or shuttle systems. Choosing the right warehousing technology not only shortens access times and transport distances (which improves warehouse efficiency), but also increases throughput and flexibility. Automation in a warehouse can ensure a consistently high standard of deliveries.
The wide range of products guarantees you the necessary throughput with optimum space utilisation whether using aisle-bound or curve-going rail-guided storage and retrieval machines (SRMs). If required, subsequent performance upgrades are even possible with the models of the modular design – straight out of the box, so to speak. Such upgrades can be achieved by retrofitting additional drives, for example. Single-wheel, twin-wheel or a third drive unit plus toothed rack mechanisms are available. That results in graduated, application-based SRM upgrades.
The aisle-bound MONO series has proved a favourite with customers because of its optimum use of space. Minimum approach dimensions at the end of the aisle and at the top and bottom of the travel plus no-buffers end-of-aisle protection permit full exploitation of the storage space. And then there’s the speed factor as well: good travelling speed and acceleration figures ensure efficient storage and retrieval, also during peak times.
Depending on requirements, our MONO storage retrieval machines (SRMs) can be fitted with one, two or three drives. Where very high maneuverability is required, DAMBACH also makes use of an interlocking drive concept with a toothed rack. That results in throughput rates that are otherwise only seen in automated small parts warehouses. Another benefit of the toothed rack drive is the low load on the running wheels and the rails.
The drive unit heads are adjustable and thus permit infinite correction of the mast angle. Load cycle deformations can therefore be compensated for safely and effectively, which guarantees outstanding precision even after many operating hours. The low-vibration, rigid mast design minimises the damping times between individual movements. Even long-reach models thus achieve high speeds and good acceleration.
The rail-guided storage and retrieval machines of our MULTI series are curve-going models and can reach every storage aisle effortlessly via special rails and points—directly, quickly, and safely, and without the need for a costly mechanical traverser. So operations are not interrupted. This clever solution for changing aisles improves access times considerably in any warehouse system.
When equipped with suitable load handling elements, MULTI storage and retrieval machines (SRMs) are extremely versatile. They can be supplied as single or twin mast versions for handling practically any type of load, from drinks to car bodies. DAMBACH designs and produces its own load handling attachments tailored perfectly to the respective lifting unit. For example, double-deep telescopic forks for utilizing the available space more effectively, or rotating/traverse forks with adjustable tines for handling closed pallets. Therefore, MULTI rail-guided SRMs are suitable for a whole range of applications in automated high bay warehouses.
Intelligent controls coordinate the combined operation of the individual storage and retrieval machines. When several cranes are in use, the operating strategy can be preset via parameters. That guarantees high availability through variable aisle allocation. And in the case of malfunctions, one unit can take over the tasks of another. A further increase in performance is possible at any time by adding more SRMs. The SRMs of the MULTI series also set standards when it comes to wear as the patented rail geometry corrects the lateral displacement of the chassis on the curves. Compared with conventional rail systems, the running wheels and the rails are therefore ideally protected so you benefit from safe, low-wear guidance around the curves.
The MINI-LOAD series takes small-parts storage to previously unknown heights. Storage heights of up to 27 m can be reached without a drop in performance. Our units can work in automated small-parts warehouses handling containers or boxes equally well. The compact form of the MINI-LOAD results in especially low approach dimensions both horizontally and vertically. So DAMBACH rail-guided storage and retrieval machines (SRMs) for small parts storage make full use of the space available.
Our 45 years of experience play their part in the design and manufacture of our MINI-LOAD rail-guided SRMs for small-parts warehouses. Besides performance, we pay special attention to stability and robustness – and hence durability and the security of your investments. A steel construction optimised for weight is used throughout, which avoids troublesome interfaces. Different drive modules are available depending on performance requirements. These are easily interchangeable and so it is possible to upgrade the performance at a later date as well.
With this modular structure, the MULTIFLEX is flexibly adaptable to different challenges. The fields of application for this pallet-shuttle-system are as variable as its three configurations. It is suitable, for instance for cold storage, buffer storage, dispatch warehouses, sequence storage, commissioning warehouses or supply warehouses – But also for compact warehouses with low throughput.
No matter how MULTIFLEX is operated, the system can also be deployed in complex building layouts. It is also ideal for upgrading the most diverse types of existing warehouses, e.g. setups using industrial trucks with low heights or warehouses with most diverse roof slopes. With this pallet-shuttle-system DAMBACH can also bring Industry 4.0 into your existing warehouse, creating an even more intelligent value chain.
Our variable all-inclusive pallet-handling packages guarantee fast and effective materials flows from the warehouse to the apron. With a diverse range of components available, we can ensure that all pallets and mesh box pallets are handled safely and reliably. Clearance, pallet runner and contour monitoring systems are available to check the load and the many different load carriers. DAMBACH materials-handling technology is a reliable partner on the apron ‒ as is shown by the features listed below.
DAMBACH roller conveyors consist of a stable frame with rollers bolted in place. The rollers are driven by an easily serviced tangential chain drive with tensioning unit housed in a drive enclosure. The entire drivetrain is enclosed for safety and to prevent tampering. Flanged wheels rotate with the rollers to help transport goods carefully. The frame is height-adjustable.
DAMBACH chain conveyors consist of self-supporting chain strands mounted on a rigid frame. The number of strands can be varied to suit the application. Duplex chains with straight side plates guarantee careful transport of your goods on an optimised support surface. Chains are supported on low-friction slide rails and can be individually tensioned. All chain strands are driven via a common driveshaft fully enclosed for safety. The mounting frames bolted to the main frames are height-adjustable.
DAMBACH lift tables are efficient transfer units for mergers, crossings or branches in flows of materials. Roller or chain conveyors can be integrated as required. The interlocking lift mechanism combined with a rigid frame protects the unit loads and ensures optimum availability. As an option, variable intermediate lift positions can be included to ensure greater flexibility. The compact dimensions and safety guards expand the range of applications.
Turntables can divide or merge flows of materials without changing the orientation of the unit loads. The highly dynamic turntable drives from DAMBACH are interlocking units and ensure precise rotational angles of up to 270° with any number of intermediate stops. For optimum occupational safety, our turntables can be fully enclosed. In addition, the innovative modular design guarantees numerous and diverse applications and ease of servicing at the same time.
The DAMBACH Vertical Conveyor lifts efficiency to the next level. The free-standing steel construction utilizes warehouse space optimally. The consistent use of poka-yoke techniques and modularcube design allows both fast installation as well as subsequent positioning in confined conditions. Almost any flow of materials can be taken care of with diverse load-handling devices and conveyor elements – two pallets lengthwise or crosswise, a corner transfer module with or without a change of orientation of the conveyed item, and much more. The DAMBACH Vertical Conveyor is one of the highest performing on the market. Each jack can be delivered with preinstallation and decentralized controls. Deepfreeze compatibility up to -28°C comes included at DAMBACH.
This rail guided vehicle system MONOFLEX is powered by inductive energy. The smart track guided vehicles run on floor mounted twin rails. The MONOFLEX system sets new standards in terms of throughput, flexibility, and scalability. True to the motto “dynamic warehousing”, this rail guided vehicle system from DAMBACH Lagersysteme provides a high-performance conveying system for the apron in warehouse systems, or functions as an alternative to conveyor systems with continuous conveyors. For example, the MONOFLEX can form the ideal complement to the MULTIFLEX pallet shuttle system.
This rail guided vehicle system from DAMBACH consists of high-performance transport carts and a twin rail track. The track is made from anodized aluminum, which is not only robust, but easy to install. Simple switches ensure good availability, even in the case of complex plant layouts. With a 1:1 distribution of the material flow, the fast switching times of the switches enable throughput rates of up to 450 carts per hour. Fast cart changeovers and the inclusion of additional carts are therefore no problem, e.g. to reach peak performance in material flows.
DAMBACH Lagersysteme has been developing and producing its own load handling equipment for stacker cranes and conveyor technology for over 45 years. Possible storage goods include containers, crates, cartons, trays, lattice boxes and pallets. Depending on the load carrier, various load-handling devices are used, such as telescopic forks, telescopic tables, belt conveyors, box grabbers, roller conveyors, chain conveyors and shuttle vehicles. For problematic cargo, additional lifting, pushing or tilting devices are used. The need for functional reliability and durability has always been the company's top priority. Load handling devices form the heart of its storage and retrieval machines in particular, and help to ensure the safe and precise handling of loading aids. In conveyor systems, load-handling devices are used in particular with distribution trolleys. They can also be used in combination with other conveyor technology elements (e.g. vertical conveyors or transfer units). High reliability and short transfer times are the key characteristics of all DAMBACH load-handling devices.
The Extension Arm of the Storage and Retrieval Machine
The DAMBACH COMPACT SHUTTLE for high bay warehouses, makes pallet storage and retrieval even more efficient. Used in conjunction with rail-guided storage and retrieval machines, the COMPACT SHUTTLE enables warehouse operators to achieve really compact, multi-deep pallet storage. To do this, the storage lanes are fitted with rails on which the shuttles can run. Shuttle and storage and retrieval machine (SRM) therefore form one logistical unit: the shuttle runs on the rails to the allotted storage position where it sets down or picks up a pallet, and the SRM transports the shuttle to the correct storage or retrieval point in the warehouse.
Communication between the parent vehicle and the COMPACT SHUTTLE is by way of a point-to-point radio link. This link monitors itself permanently to guarantee maximum communication reliability.
Especially a combination of transfer cars and COMPACT SHUTTLE can reduce the energy usage, while maintaining a high throughput capacity. This way the DAMBACH COMPACT SHUTTLE can demonstrate it´s strengths in the pallet-handling sector.
Control systems decide how economically and reliably warehouse systems work.
DAMBACH therefore combines expertise and experience with knowledge of this
branch of industry and the latest technology.
The result is a wide range of solutions covering all the requirements of high bay and small-parts warehouses and the apron. From simple, low-cost controls for stacker cranes or materials handling systems to standard applications for fully automatic stacker crane operations – and with energy recovery if required.
The high modularity of our concepts also allows us to provide bespoke solutions that still include a high number of standard modules. So users obtain a uniform, consistent operating concept.
Multi-stage control solutions: from pre-installed wiring to control hardware to integrated software.
Minimum capital outlay
Maximum security for your warehouse investments
Our control modules for rail-guided stacker cranes and materials handling elements are based on SIMATIC-S7 or Allen-Bradley control systems. The universal use of fieldbus solutions on the sensor/actuator level reduces installation costs to a minimum, avoids sources of errors and permits cost-effective expansion at a later date. Decentralised technology makes the systems scalable and permits reliable, continuous use even under the toughest operating conditions. The coupling to a master computer is achieved either via a standardised communications interface or via flexible, programmable interfaces in the materials-flow computer which, for example, also permits a direct link between warehouse system and SAP.
The visualisation systems include comprehensive logging and statistics functions. All packages offer the option of remote diagnosis and permit remote access for rectifying problems – to relieve operating personnel yet further.