With more than 10 years on the market and more than 160 operating systems worldwide, a Danish developed and patented picking and palletizing system sets a new standard for the automatic handling of almost any kind of retail and consumer goods.
A single so called “Layer Picker” can annually replace approximately 4 million manual handlings.
Today 160 Layer Picker systems are operating around the world, working in semi- and fully automatic distribution centers – at manufactures, chain stores and distributers.Patented system
The Qubiqa Layer Picker is a patented system for the automatic emptying and filling of pallets with consumer goods in complete layers (palletizing and de-palletizing). The layer picking system has four picking positions, enabling up to four orders to be picked concurrently. The 4-axis picker uses a dual bellows and vacuum-gripping head, which can handle more than 95 percent of all retail goods - safely, precisely and gently. To pick up a layer, the bellows inflate and close around the product to create a seal. The vacuum head exerts just enough pressure to gently pick up the layer while minimizing product damage. This system allows the picker to handle a variety of pallet configurations. A single system can build up to 300 layers an hour, composed of a wide range of goods in boxes, trays, cartons, bottles, bags etc.
Of the 160 Layer Pickers, which currently are in operation, about 100 are running in Europe, and the rest in USA, Canada and Australia. Among the customers are Coca Cola, Nestlé, Proctor & Gamble as well as several large integrators, e.g. Dematic, Witron, Swisslog, Daifuku and Schäfer.Reliable and efficient
Kuhne + Nagel, who is one of the biggest logistics and transportation companies in Europe, has some of the first Layer Pickers installed. These are i.a. operating in the central distribution centers of the company in Veghel and Ultrecht, the Netherlands, and has enabled the automation of large parts of the otherwise manual picking from warehouse to pallets.
"With a product range which is so diverse like ours, it’s a huge bonus for us to work with the automated Layer Picking solution from Qubiqa which can handle almost all types of products," says Tim Beckmann from Kuehne + Nagel, who now has a good experience with the four Layer Pickers of the company. Two of the systems were installed in 2003, one in 2008, and the latest one, the Layer Picker Flex, which is mounted on a robot, was installed in 2011.
"Our picking process has now become so efficient that it really provides us a significant competitive advantage," Tim Beckmann says.Great flexibility
The patented vacuum system makes the system capable of lifting a wide range of products both gently and safely – in single, double or triple layers. At the same time the Layer Picker in capable of detecting if a layer isn´t complete, and can then shut off the vacuum flow in the “empty areas” of the layer. This provides extra flexibility and breath in the potential use of the system. The Layer Picker can be mounted on a hoist, robot and portal and can operate at temperatures between -28 and +40 degrees.
The broad application possibilities and great flexibility of the Layer Picker system was crucial when Dematic in Australia just recently chose this solution. Afterwards Dematic has demonstrated that their Layer Picker annually can replace 4 million manual handlings.
David Rubie, Industry Logistics Manager at Dematic in Australia, says: "Layer Picker is a key component of our full case picking solution suite because it can handle a greater range and variety of products both safely and accurately. Many distribution businesses are facing rapidly increasing demands for full case picking efficiency and safety within their Supply Chain and these challenges can be met with automatic logistic systems where Layer Picker is included in the design".Facts about the Layer Picker
The Layer Picker is a patented Danish developed system, which is marketed and sold worldwide by Qubiqa A/S.
Since 1999 160 Layer Pickers have been delivered to a wide range of the largest manufacturers, distributors and retail chains of the world – as well as to their suppliers of total inventory and logistics solutions.
All delivered Layer Pickers are currently in operation.
Currently the primary markets for the Layer Picker are Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
The Layer Picker is used for automatic palletizing and de-palletizing; i.e. for repacking and construction of individual ordered pallets with products, which are handled in partial, full, double or triple layers.
A wide range of goods in boxes, trays, cartons, bottles or bags can be handled. A soft and adapted vacuum suction ensures accurate, safe and gentle handling of more than 95 percent of all kinds of retail goods.
The Layer Picker enables significant savings in the distribution. As a general rule, a single system replaces 6 warehouse workers. This means big savings for the individual client.
The Layer Picker offers many advantages, including:
• Labor savings
• Improved quality and efficiency in picking and packing
• Automatic control
• Easy integration with existing stores
• Can pick layers with “empty spaces”, double layers and triple layers
• High capacity
• Can operate in temperatures from -28 to +40 degrees
• Can handle different pallet sizes
• Easy maintenance
• Long service intervals
• Easy adaptable to new product groups/operations
• User friendly touch screen control
• Paperless picking makes control and quality control easier
• Can be installed as a portal, on a hoist and a robot
See animation of the Layer Picker: http://www.univeyor.dk/vdo/layer_picker_2010.htmAbout Qubiqa
Qubiqa was created by a merger of five Danish and highly specialized storage and logistics companies. It is Qubiqa’s mission to implement projects and deliver patented products to storage- and production companies, including energy, industry, and distribution in all sectors, retail and hospitals.
Qubiqa has divisions in Denmark and Poland, while an international sales organization with an agent network and service team is serving clients worldwide.
The Logistics Division resolves projects and sells the patented products, which include the Layer Picker and Empticon. Empticon is an ergonomic container unloader, which makes a single man with a remote control capable of unloading an entire container – without lifting a single box himself.
The Storage and Archive Division has a number of prestigious and specially designed storage and shelving systems for i.a. cultural institutions and universities on the reference list.
The Industrial Division provides logistics for the insulation industry and energy sector and has furthermore an extensive after-sales service.
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