Logaritme, first controlled-temperature Autostore in Spain
Sector: Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
Logaritme chooses Smartlog to set up the first controlled-temperature Autostore in Spain, for distributing vaccines and healthcare materials.
Logaritme Serveis Logistics AIE is a public social-healthcare logistics platform set up in 2021 to cater for the logistics, service and advice needs of its client partners in Catalonia, optimising its operation with innovative custom solutions within a framework of stability, sustainability and excellence.
Logaritme needed to supply, prepare and optimise a constant flow of vaccines and healthcare materials, as well as coordinating the necessary resources to carry out deliveries to Catalan healthcare facilities.
Smartlog Autostore and controlled-temperature room
The equipment supplied had to ensure that temperature requirements for the materials stored were met, and Smartlog therefore proposed a custom solution guaranteeing storage conditions at controlled temperature.
The solution consists of a controlled-temperature room in which the Autostore system was installed for storage and order preparation with vaccines and healthcare materials.
The system processes orders and moves materials to two work stations for preparation and distribution to hospitals in Catalonia, in accordance with their personalised needs.
Autostore is a compact robot-based order preparation system that allows items to be stored in bins stacked on top of one another, managing picking tasks in a fast, optimal way.
It consists of a three-dimensional network of free-standing containers which are transferred to the collection stations by robots working independently. The robots are equipped with a lift to collect, transport and place the product in the containers stored in the grid. All the robots can reach any position in the grid, avoiding the risk of the system failing at a single point.
Autostore smart robots process orders, locate the bins containing the items required and transport them to people’s work stations (good to person) for final preparation.
Whenever a bin is brought to the work station, the robot returns it to the system in the same place as it was, but always on the top, enabling the system to learn automatically and sort items by rotation: those with the highest rotation will always be in the bins at the top levels and those with lower demand will be in the bins lower down. Should an order require a low-rotation product, the robots work together to move the bins higher up out of the way.
The Smartlog group would like to thank Logaritme for its confidence, which has helped us to become a technology leader in the healthcare sector.
Exhaustive temperature control.
The room has a hermetically sealed window and access door to provide the necessary protection and guarantee the exhaustive temperature control that is so important in this facility.
High storage density.
Autostore is designed to handle large volumes of items with fast and slow movement, both vaccines and healthcare materials, in high-density storage.
Making the most of space.
With this solution we achieved a 400% improvement in use of space by replacing existing conventional shelving.
Increased operating and energy efficiency.
Autostore makes it possible to boost productivity by 250%, on the basis of improved picking performance and fast, efficient order preparation. It is also a robust system that offers one of the highest availability rates, as it does not depend on a single robot or port to be productive. When a robot or a port breaks down, productivity falls temporarily, but the system carries on functioning and taking out orders without any interruption. Autostore robots work 24 hours a day.
Maximum quality of service.
Autostore offers one of the highest availability rates, as it do not depend on a single robot or port to be productive. When a robot or a port breaks down, productivity falls temporarily, but the system carries on functioning and taking out orders without any interruption. Autostore robots work 24 hours a day.
These factors mean improved profitability and customer service, by offering maximum product availability, error-free deliveries and faster delivery times.
Improved ergonomics and conditions for people.
Another of the advantages is the ergonomic design of good to man work stations. The preparation stations are at the right height for people, avoiding changes in posture to handle items. At the same time, they avoid constant changes in temperature.