You can see an automated reach truck.You can see an automated reach truck.

Autonomous helper

Since June 2018, several autonomous robot trolleys have taken over the majority of walking routes in the 50,000-square-metre warehouse in Swarzędz near Poznań, Poland. They support employees when it comes to picking orders for articles of clothing.

The route from the shelves to the packing station is up to 800 metres long. Thanks to the intelligent helpers, employees’ walking routes have been significantly shortened.

Employees pick over 18,000 orders consisting of t-shirts, trousers, shoes and many other articles of clothing each day in Rhenus Warehousing Solutions’ warehouse in Swarzędz. Intelligent robot vehicles known as Effibots are deployed to reduce their workload.

It took Rhenus, together with a partner, just six months to develop the robot solution for making order picking more efficient, safer and more ergonomic. The autonomous trolleys follow employees through the shelves, are filled with the collected goods and automatically drive to the packing station and back. So what’s so special about the Effibots? They can be used around the clock, start up at the touch of a button and load and unload independently.

The robot vehicles offer a huge range of advantages in warehouse management. For example, they make employees’ work easier by carrying heavy goods. Plus, process efficiency, safety and quality increase while process costs can be reduced.