Korhan Alp Oğuz, Senior Business Development Engineer at OLBRICHT, one of the Altınay Technology Group companies, stated that they have developed a flexible storage system that can offer low cycle times, in which robots are used for manufacturers who may have a small warehousing demand.
Oğuz gave information about both the new storage system they developed and other developments in their company to ST Industry Media.
Mr. Alp, what are the solutions you offer for intralogistics and smart storage systems?
Factories need raw material input to perform production. This is where OLBRICHT solutions come in handy. We can count the raw materials coming out of the truck through AGVs or conveyors, by reading the barcode and RFid labels or by weighing them, and we can deliver them to our automated storage system untouched by human hands. We can bring the products we place in the automated storage to the systems that need them, using methods such as FiFO, LiFO, etc. We can automatically store the products and remaining raw materials or direct them to different points within the factory. We can box, pack, and palletize finished products. In all of these processes, we can do box opening, palletizing, and stretching via robots. We can display all the transactions in question instantly on the relevant operator screens, and exchange information in integration with existing company programs. In summary, there is an OLBRICHT solution for all logistics and warehousing operations within a factory.
How was the development of the automated storage system by a domestic company in terms of both mechanics and automation received in the sector? Could you inform us about the incoming requests and the recent developments in AS/RS automated storage systems?
Automated storage systems become the heart of a company when they are used. Nobody wants this heart to stop, so the fact that a domestic supplier can offer a holistic service solution both in terms of mechanical and automation after sales is a significant reason for the preference for users. As OLBRICHT, we know the value of this very well, and we continue all our domestic and national works in terms of mechanics and software. Companies are very pleased to see domestic AS/RS manufacturers. Until the beginning of the pandemic, we had a serious amount of interest shown to us. The current pandemic conditions have created new needs in our target sectors, and these will certainly be reflected in us as demand. With the decrease of the effects of the pandemic, we think that we will be busier than we were in the past.
What other developments do you offer in the field of intralogistics?
We have developed a new storage system using robots for manufacturers that may have small warehousing demand. At our target, there are companies that can allocate limited areas for storage and generally have a ceiling height of 4.5-5 meters. We are able to offer very low cycle times in this storage system. Companies can use it as a buffer warehouse or a main and quick shipping warehouse according to their needs. We can build these systems cell by cell. Today, a cell can be purchased, and after a year, another cell can be purchased. They have very flexible structures, as we can operate them independently of each other, we can also place them at different points rather than side by side and connect them to each other.
Could you tell us about your export activities and your goals in this context?
As OLBRICHT, we already have an office in Germany and dealers in significant such as the USA and China. Since we do not only focus on the storage of products such as pallets or crates but also offer solutions for different and special products such as tires, glass, coils, injection mould, MDF, etc., the demands and reactions we receive from abroad are very positive. We are increasing our export figures step by step both by making foreign assignments for our personnel in Turkey and by adding foreign employees to our staff.
Could you tell us about your goals and expectations for 2021?
The pandemic process that started in 2020 and still affects us has given great lessons to companies as well as people. We can never completely remove manpower from production but we must also bring automation to the highest and the most modern level possible. We think that 2020 reminds us of this once again,and we predict that in 2021, automation demands and activities will start with an ever-increasing momentum.