March 23, 2022
Norway’s AutoStore recently announced the launch of its Bin Lift 2.0 system, which aims to extend the reachability of AutoStore bins in multi-level warehouses. Now available in North America, the vertical lift assists the bins, which are durable containers used to hold inventory and handled precisely by the AutoStore robots.
Compared to the previous Bin Lift 1.1 model that was only available in Europe, the 2.0 version offers several mechanical improvements and a better user experience thanks to a significant noise reduction, AutoStore said.
“Enabling a flexible utilization of space in the warehouse, while extending bin reachability, means customers require fewer square meters of floor space, ultimately reducing costs,” said Carlos Fernandez, chief product officer at AutoStore. “We currently offer this model in the U.S., Canada, China, and Japan – in addition to Europe, where the previous version was available. We’re excited to help our customers further enhance their warehouse automation with this upgrade.”
The redesigned Bin Lift 2.0 offers upgraded rollers, tracks, motor, and electronics, and is also easier to assemble than the previous model, AutoStore said. The system can be applied in two configurations:
- Grid-to-Port (G2P) – in combination with the AutoStore SwingPort, Bin Lift 2.0 provides an extension to the AutoStore grid, allowing order picking to happen from a different floor.
- Grid-to-Grid (G2G) – the new bin reachability creates a seamless connection between two independent AutoStore grids, optimizing performance for existing multi-level warehouse networks.
“A positive work environment promotes well-being and productivity, and we take this into careful consideration when designing new innovations,” said Fernandez. “In the G2P configuration, the Bin Lift 2.0 significantly reduces the noise level for the operator at the Port. The new motor, gear, and its new placement decreases sound intensity from 70 dBA to 60 dBA, improving the user experience significantly.
More details on the system are available at the AutoStore website.