APEX Companies has introduced the PEAK Shuttle System for high-density, semi-automated pallet storage and retrieval. It provides fast operator access to deep-lane storage while eliminating potential rack and product load damage.
PEAK is designed to facilitate both First-In/First-Out (FIFO) and Last-In/First-Out (LIFO) inventory rotation. Both labor costs and rack damage are reduced by isolating forklift interaction to the aisle face—no driving into the rack for put-away and retrieval or product loads touching one another.
Operators load pallets into the aisle face position of a deep storage lane design (up to 40 pallets deep). Then the low-profile PEAK Shuttle, running on rails below the pallet, automatically transports pallets into the lane, stopping inches from the prior pallet load and places the load down on the pallet support rails. The automated shuttle then returns to the load-aisle position to receive the next pallet.
The unload process is the reverse; however, the system can also be configured to enable flow through, similar to pallet flow, allowing for loading and unloading on either side. The shuttles are operated via remote controllers and utilize Lithium battery technology to maximize run time.