The goods receiving area is usually the first point of contact between goods and logistics. Accordingly, an optimised material flow is important here. The use of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can ensure onward transport to order picking, the warehouse or a packing station. Compared to continuous conveyor technology, an AGV offers a high degree of flexibility with regard to the destination and the throughput of the incoming goods.
Order picking is an elementary component of warehouse logistics and is usually filled and retrieved via automated small parts warehouses, Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) or classically with the order picking trolley. In all three scenarios, the use of an automated guided vehicle is important in order to automate the further material flow. It does not matter whether the goods are subsequently delivered to packing stations, goods issue or production halls.
Packing stations are an important intermediate step between warehousing/picking and the onward transport of goods to end customers or distribution centres. With an AGV, two separate material circuits to and from the packing station can be realised. In addition, accumulating roller conveyors can be integrated to cushion the throughput.
Similar to the incoming goods area, the outgoing goods area is the point of contact between the goods and the outside world. By integrating accumulating roller conveyors, it is possible to connect directly to third-party logistics (TPL) at goods issue and prepare the goods for transport to the end customer.