The intelligent pilot for your warehouse
The iGo pilot navigation and iGo pilot safety functions link the specific warehouse topography to the trucks operating within. The iGo pilot navigation interface communicates with the warehouse management system and combines the warehouse processes into an intelligent whole. As a result, the truck knows which high shelving location to drive to next, thus unburdening the operator. When the operator accepts the next order, the truck finds its own way through the warehouse aisles. Thanks to iGo pilot safety assistance and warning systems, which can be individually preconfigured to any warehouse, the truck proactively adapts to its route as well as to local conditions and potential hazards. Once the truck has arrived at its destination, iGo pilot navigation stops the fork at exactly the right shelf position according to the task at hand. Once the task has been completed, the data is sent back to the warehouse management system in order to prevent order-picking errors and incorrect storage or retrieval of pallets. The result is a significant increase in handling capacity as well as increased safety thanks to networked agility.
- The right system for any customer requirement: STILL iGo pilot can read RFID tags and barcode labels
- Custom configuration: the system can be individually adapted to any conceivable very narrow-aisle warehouse
- Optimal working conditions: doing away with search processes and wasted trips relieves the burden on the operator and enables quick incorporation of new employees
iGo pilot navigation
iGo pilot navigation leads the operator in their very narrow aisle truck along the ideal route to the desired pallet position. This is possible thanks to a three-dimensional shelving plan that maps the specific topography of the warehouse. By comparing against this map stored in the system, the truck detects its current location in the aisle as well as its position. iGo pilot navigation adjusts to the activities of storage, retrieval and order-picking. As soon as an order comes in, the system determines the optimal horizontal and vertical route to the desired shelf location. By means of an optical display, the operator can see his current position in relation to the destination. He can only move his truck in the direction indicated. If he is in the wrong aisle, the display will flag this up to them.
- Supreme productivity: the truck automatically navigates to its destination along the ideal route, regardless of the experience and knowledge of the operator
- Easy to use: destinations can be entered via scanner, terminal or online from the warehouse management system, and the process is started with just one movement of the drive lever
- Smart precision: the truck moves to exactly the right pallet position, with the possibility of preventing fork movements when not required in order to prevent storage and retrieval errors
iGo pilot navigation: Technology
During its journey through the shelving aisles, the very narrow aisle truck continuously detects its current position. It also measures the distance it has travelled and determines its current position in the shelving aisle using orientation points. Two technologies can be used for the orientation points in STILL iGo pilot: RFID or barcode.
RFID transponders (8 mm in diameter, 23 mm in length) are placed at regular intervals in the floor and serve as orientation points. They are resistant to moisture. After being inserted into the floor, the openings are sealed. An RFID antenna at the base of the truck reads the transponders during the journey. These signals show the truck its current location. The truck detects its exact position using these signals combined with the data from its height measurement system.
Robust, scratchproof barcode labels with printed codes indicating both the area of the warehouse and the row and relevant shelving frame are attached to one or both sides of the shelving frames at a height of 500 mm from the ground depending on the warehouse use. Using its optical reader, the truck detects these barcodes even at maximum speed. It then calculates its exact position within the shelving aisle from the data gathered and using its height measurement system. Barcode technology is used in situations where a high degree of precision is required.
iGo pilot navigation: Interface
The truck uses the precise coordinates of storage locations when storing and retrieving items. Depending on the level of sophistication of the EDP system (alternatively: ERP system) and the desired level of convenience, the following communication options are available for iGo pilot navigation:
1. Manual input:
The operator enters the individual storage location data as coordinates on the terminal in his driver’s cab. The iGo pilot navigation interface converts these coordinates for the truck and sets the ideal route at a push of a button. No connection to an ERP system is required for this.
2. Input via handheld barcode scanner:
If the destination coordinates of the stored goods are in the form of a barcode (e. g. on the accompanying document or on the good itself), they can be read by a handheld barcode scanner. These coordinates are then converted for the truck by the iGo pilot navigation interface and used as the basis for the route at a push of a button. In this case, no connection to the ERP system is required.
3. Transfer of target data by warehouse management system (WMS):
Depending on the level of sophistication and design of the EDP system and on the desired level of convenience, the system provides various solutions. For example, the driver can select the next order from a pool of orders themselves, but a more advanced solution makes it possible to transmit the optimum order sequence in consideration of the corresponding warehouse strategy and in conjunction with a forklift guidance system.
4. The customer-specific solution:
Tailored solutions and ideas can be implemented based on the individual requirements of a warehouse and the transport operations needed.
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iGo pilot safety
If iGo pilot safety is installed, the operational safety and handling capacity of STILL very narrow aisle trucks are both significantly improved. Moreover, areas in the very narrow aisle warehouse where special safety regulations apply are defined in advance. A three-dimensional map of these areas is stored in the truck. This mapping is provided by STILL. This allows to masterfully handle obstacles in the shelving aisle, required braking distances at the end of aisles and height restrictions during everyday operations. In addition, the truck constantly identifies its current position using the map. During its journey, the truck detects every warehouse aisle and their specific conditions and adapts to these without the operator having to intervene. The system always follows the predefined safety rules.
- Safe: thanks to the variety of safety functions, the driver assistant protects goods, shelves, building equipment and the truck from damage
- Always ready for action: reduced downtime by avoiding impact damage and the resulting repairs
- Efficient Through a simplified workflow, the driver can fully concentrate on his core activitiy storage and retrieval or order-picking.