The FAST (Furniture Automatic Storage) patents represent a real innovation in the automated storage system industry.
CASSIOLI has always been a firm believer in technology research aimed at the most revolutionary plant engineering solutions. This same propensity for innovation has the to the construction of an exclusive, patented automatic storage system. In particular, the innovative holding device and the sophisticated operational methodology allow for performances that are unthinkable with any other traditional stacker crane system.
Why is FAST such a novelty in the intensive storage industry?
- Because, compared to pallet warehouses, it completely overcomes the need to stack objects on pallets and then single them out;
- Because, unlike stacker cranes that can handle only one item at a time, FAST can handle many items simultaneously, both when storing and when retrieving, thereby drastically reducing overall stacker crane workload;
- Because, unlike traditional grouping warehouses, FAST allows for totally random object storing by item and subsequent issuing grouped by customer order;
- Because it can handle very different object sizes in the same group.
How does FAST reduce the use of labor? What are the effects?
By adopting a FAST magazine, all the activities between the end of the production line and vehicle loading can be automated. In effect, the system receives packages from different production areas, fills the customer order directly on the shelf and consequently, at the moment of shipment the system retrieves the entire customer order and transfers it to the appropriate vehicle loading bay. All automatically.
The measurable effects are greater accuracy in the composition of customer orders and less damage to goods, due to the absence of handling on behalf of operators. (The image below shows the transfer of the entire customer order towards the vehicle loading bay).
How does FAST improve the performance of production areas?
By taking advantage of the possibility of keeping all storing codes open, that is, all the references in which the packages must be grouped (for shipment), companies can shift from a production ordered by job number to randomized production, by type (that is, a logically optimized production, regardless of the production order requested to fill specific customer orders).
STOSA , BATTISTELLA, LACA, PRODOMO, ALL KIT, and PEDINI have already installed a FAST system.
VERTI-FAST is a simplified version of the FAST system. Using the same patents, VERTI-FAST represents a vertical buffer with monocolumn shelving, in which the unique package picking device is installed on an elevator and not on a stacker crane, as is the case in the FAST system.