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VERTICAL APPLICATIONS

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STANDARD RACKING

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With an ever-increasing demand, warehouses face a huge challenge of stacking/stocking loads and maximizing the storage space, especially in regions where cost per square meter is high.

The most common form of stacking is a standard racking. This type of rack is used when there is a relatively higher number of pallets per SKU and requires complete access to each individual pallet. Compared to block stacking, it can be configured in a number of ways, which are managed by WMS.

A relatively lower warehouse optimization and storage density means that the racking operations can be complex, especially for manually operated trucks, as operators have to be careful (particularly at heights) in storing and retrieving pallets. This takes a toll on operational efficiency.

With Driven by BALYO robots, companies can deploy robots to handle the task of storing and retrieving pallets from the racks with high precision and efficiency.

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WMS Interface: An example would be a pallet of finished goods that needs to be stored in high racks as buffer before shipping. BALYO robots can interface with the WMS/ERP and be tasked with a mission to store the pallet onto the designated rack. Using a 3D Camera, the BALYO robot also checks for free space before placing the pallet on the rack, thus providing a secure and efficient operation.

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BLOCK STACKING

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In applications where the customer has a low level of load rotation and needs space optimisation, block stacking is the answer. Block stacking does not require any storage equipment, instead loaded pallets are placed directly on the floor and built up to a maximum stable height. Although it can optimize warehouse space up to 90%, this type of storage is only applicable for loads with low handling frequency and/or a uniform load type. Lack of infrastructure also means that pallets needs to be placed precisely on top of each other for safety. This makes the manual operations tedious and time consuming.

BALYO robots are able to execute precise and critical block stacking operations with the help of its safety first technology. A camera sensor placed below the forks (and an optional one on the load backrest), first scans and monitors the free space before placing the load.

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3D Camera: For example, an assigned robot equipped with a 3D camera, picking in the mass storage area, will raise its forks just above the drop off height indicated by WMS, and if clear, proceeds to place the load carefully, thus providing secure and fast operations. 

Additionally, robots can also distinguish between pallets and transportation goods, control its forks to store and retrieve loads with high precision. 

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YOUR NEXT DEPLOYMENTS

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Your future needs

Usually, customers start their robotic investments with an installation of 3 robots (average). But keep in mind that our solution is designed to scale your operations up! After your first deployment, our experts are available to think about your future optimizations and new robotized material flows.
For example, after having automated supplies and removals of your production line, the next step can be to automate the vertical storage of your finished goods. Don’t forget, Robotics is a journey.

YOUR FIRST ROBOT INSTALLATION

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Let’s start with BALYO

Now that you’ve ordered your BALYO robotic solution, the whole project team will be focused on delivering the targeted performance level.
BALYO teams will drive your success by providing you with all the performance analysis you need (Statistic Tool) to understand how your robots and human operators behave.
All along your journey, we will recommend the best optimizations to successfully implement your robotized processes.

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Your Project Kick-Off

Kick-Off
The Kick-Off is the first step of the BALYO Project Management Process. Prior to the Kick-Off meeting, our project manager will prepare a list of documents including the application-specific customer specifications, technical specifications, the project risk analysis & the project planning. Then, these documents and milestones are presented to you during the Kick-Off meeting.

Before your installation 
After an internal validation of the Software and Hardware bricks needed for your robotic project, the manufacturing process starts. In parallel, our project manager helps you prepare everything before robot commissioning: IT infrastructure & Software interfaces readiness, risk analysis recommendations implemented, site adaptations made, etc. Once the robots are produced, we perform an internal commissioning to test and validate all the safety and functional features before shipping the autonomous forklifts to your facility. All the results are obviously shared with you.

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Installation phase

Once the robots are delivered to your facility, the job of the field engineer in charge of installing your BALYO system starts: mapping of the building, routes design, pick & drop points design, testing etc.
During this phase, we validate all functionalities with you, as well as safety and interfaces tests/reports in real conditions. We also train your teams to work alongside robots in a new cobotic environment. The ramp-up of your installation is ensured by measuring performances all along the process until the handover milestone, where you officially take the lead on your robotic system!

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Handover

The handover formalizes transfer possession and risk from BALYO or its partners to the customer, meaning the system can be run without the presence of BALYO or its partners. The handover may contain “non-blocking open points” which will be dealt with in a final fixes phase. A non-blocking open point is an issue which does not hinder the system to achieve its contractual performance.

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Final Acceptance

The purpose of the final fixes phase is to close open points raised during the handover. When the robotic system is fully compliant to its specifications, the Final Acceptance is signed by all parties.

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Maintenance

Now your robots are fully operational, your main contact will be the service team. Organized by level of maintenance actions (base truck, hardware, software), our group of experts will support you whatever the issue is, ensuring continuity of your operations at the expected level of performance.

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Performance

Thanks to the BALYO Statistics Tool, you can track the performance of your system. Based on efficiency standards such as OEE or PackML data, our monitoring tool gives you the ability to follow and optimize your installation on a daily basis.

CHOOSE A ROBOTIC SUPPLIER

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5 things to check before choosing your supplier

Before making your final decision, here is a list of advises to choose a supplier based on your current needs, but not only!

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Request a demo at BALYO

You now know a little more about the players and technologies available, your robotic project takes shape and you want to see a robotic lift trucks in real life? It’s possible! Fill out this short form and make an appointment directly with one of our experts in one of our showrooms.

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Request a Proof Of Concept in your facility

You have been in touch with one of our experts and need to see what a robot is capable of in your facility? It’s possible! Complete this short form and book an appointment!

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How do you generate savings? Tricks to calculate your ROI

Customers usually compare the cost of purchasing a robotic system with the drivers salary which represents 80% of a pallet movement cost. This is a start, but this is not the only element to take into account.

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Estimate your cost savings

Today you can easily automate more than 80% of warehouse applications. Our smart and free simulator, MyCashBox, helps you to find your automation opportunities and get a quick overview of your potential savings.

DESCRIBE YOUR SPECIFICATIONS

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5 key points to take into account while writing your specifications

Here is a short list of advices you need to review before writing your robotic project specifications. Don’t miss it!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

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Evaluate market players and technology

Before investing your time in a robotic project, it is important to understand what are the trends of the material handling and AGV markets. Get an overview of the AGV player typologies and technologies by downloading our white paper.

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What applications can you cover ?

You’re thinking about a specific application for your future robots? Have a quick review of all the material flows our technology can robotize with an incredible product range.

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How a robotic project is priced?

This is the question our customers always ask first! As robots’ deployment requires an important investment from your company, it is mandatory for you to understand how a robotic project is priced.
Here is some key information we would like to share to help you out!