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Launching the Skypod System into the UK

LAC Conveyors & Automation, leading providers of conveyor systems and automation solutions, recently announced the new partnership with Exotec to sell and promote the revolutionary Skypod system in the UK. Headquartered in Lille (France), Exotec are a robotic solution manufacturer that specialises in the logistics sector, helping online retailers and brands to meet the everdemanding challenges of a seamless customer experience. CEO of LAC, Chris Unwin said: “I’m delighted to secure this partnership with Exotec, which will not only further enhance our business capabilities but also contribute towards the goal of growing market share within the logistics sector.”

What is the Exotec Skypod System?

The Skypod System comprises of a light robot with a payload of 30kg which can move in 3D and access high-level bins. This allows the operator to remain stationery and work from one pick/load position while the robot carries out the requested tasks. The robot locates itself in a map of the warehouse utilising laser-scanning technology.

This innovative solution offers scalability allowing a business to start with an initial installation to meet its start-up needs at a reasonable initial investment and then expand the solution as the business grows.

The Skypod System is also unique in its use of Robots, not only to move totes around at floor level, but also to travel up the rack to store or retrieve, negating the need for complex conveyor systems. Data is received from the WMS outlining a list of preparation requests with a given priority. Its responsibility is to get them out of the system into preparation containers, as fast as possible, with respect of priority constraints.

How can the Skypod System benefit the UK Retail Industry?

The logistics section of the retail industry is crowded with various solutions in the UK. The revolutionary Exotec Skypod orderpicking system is a proven system through France, Germany, Spain, and other counties throughout Europe. Exotec are now stepping into the UK market, along with Japan and North America. Utilising the expertise and experience of LAC Conveyors & Automation in the UK logistics will ensure a smooth entrance for the Skypod into the UK.

With a rapid expansion in the way retailers are making transactions, their supply chain methods are changing following the changes in demand. The Exotec system offers an adaptable and fluid method to deal with these changing demands. World-renowned retailers such as GAP and Decathlon have already opted for the Exotec system and have since not looked back. Some of the major benefits of the Skypod include:

  • Dense storage of up to 12m high.
  • Quick installation.
  • Scalable storage to meet business growth demands.
  • A variety of bin storage sizes.
  • Robots can carry up to 30kg.
  • Robots can travel up to 4 m/s.
  • Autonomous and intelligent system.
  • Workstations allow for a productive and ergonomic work environment for staff.
  • Easy system integration with other solutions.

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