The iCUBE is an innovative warehouse automation solution designed from the ground up with flexibility and modularity as it’s cornerstone principles. What makes the iCUBE stand out from all other warehouse automation systems on the market is the fact that the iCUBE offers the advantage of full scale automation, while using far less machines than any other system.
The iCUBE operates all the pallet movements using only the Logiqs 3D-Carriers and Lifts. All machine and pallet movements are being controlled automatically using our advanced Warehouse Control Software (WCS).
The Warehouse Control Software (WCS) allows the operator to issue large batches of tasks, and operates all the tasks automatically according to priority without requiring the operator to manually operate the machines at any time.
Since the iCUBE only needs 3D-Carriers and Lifts to achieve full automation, that means it also doesn’t reqvuire expensive and unreliable chain mechanisms for each aisle, or other roller mechanisms. Since the 3D-Carriers and the Lifts use their own arrays of sensors for movement and safety reasons, no other alwayson sensors are needed in the warehouse.
The iCUBE is one of the few warehouse automation systems that can be implemented in existing warehouses, new builds as well as in phased builds. Both the racking and the automation can be modified in phases allowing for both changes of capacity and throughput according to the customer’s needs.
HIGH AVAILABILITY AND HIGH THROUGHPUT
For warehouses where high availability is paramount, the system can also be equipped with more X-tracks (side movement tracks between aisles for the 3D-carriers) so that the 3D-Carriers can reach individual pallets teven faster. This also results in shorter individual aisles and therefore in an even better availability for individual pallets or pallet batches.
Depending on system size and throughput requirements the iCUBE can be equipped with as little as one 3D-Carrier and one Lift. If the size and/or throughput requirements of the warehouse are higher, the system can be equipped with as many 3D-Carriers and Lifts as needed. And since all machine movements are automatically controlled by our software, several 3D-Carriers can work together to complete high priority tasks quickly.
The 3D-Carriers can also work together through hand-offs using the lift, so that one 3D-Carrier can fetch the pallets from the top level and place them in the lift, while a second 3D-Carrier waits at the bottom level to transfer the pallets to the loading/unloading area. The 3D-Carriers are powered by 120ah Li-ion battery packs, and can operate continuously for up to 6 hours, and they can fully charge up automatically in 30 minutes using our aisle charging locations. The 3D-Carriers can also be set to take advantage of opportunity charging and to charge their batteries whenever there is downtime.
When an iCUBE uses more than one 3D-Carrier and one Lift, the system also becomes redundant, and the iCUBE can continue operating even in case one of the lifts or 3D-Carriers malfunctions or are undergoing maintenance.
One of the main advantages of an iCUBE automatic warehouse is the increased safety, both when compared to conventional forklift operated warehouses, but also to large automated crane systems that employ very heavy machinery.
Safety zones can be configured in the iCUBE, so that the 3D-Carriers can keep executing tasks in the rest of the warehouse, while a certain zone of the warehouse becomes no-limit to the 3D-Carriers.
By using an iCUBE system, forklifts are completely eliminated from the main storage area removing both the risk of operator injury and of possible damage to the racking that could occur as a result of a forklift accident.