A Movu Robotics atlas pallet shuttle system gives leading logistics service provider Kris De Leeneer (KDL) approximately 45,000 storage locations and the capacity to manage a potential throughput of up to 11,000 pallet movements a week. Importantly, this automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) fulfills KDL's need for flexibility by allowing pallet throughput to be increased simply by adding more shuttles, while the modular rack can be extended to increase capacity to help futureproof the facility.
This project represents the first Movu atlas system for the third-party logistics (3PL) market. The solution meets the issues of the 3PL industry by providing flexibility in product handling and throughput. In this sector, it can be hard to foresee accurately future business levels, types of customers, the resulting throughput, and number of pallets required, so flexible intralogistics is a must.
Better, Bigger, and Easier
Founded in 2001, KDL is geared toward helping its clients boost their supply chain management and move their businesses forward. The Movu atlas shuttle system plays a vital role in fulfilling these aims and sits at the heart of KDL's new state-of-the-art 10,000-square-meter Distribution Centre (DC).
Opened at the end of 2022, the DC is located in Lokeren, Belgium. Being next to the highway, where land is more expensive, KDL wanted to go with height for storage to minimize the building’s footprint.
For its customers in the Chocolate Industry, stock may include ingredients and primary goods for chocolate making through to bars and boxes of chocolates, numbering as many as 1,000 SKUs depending on the stock profile.
The new DC is designed to assist KDL in further improving its service for customers and to provide room for expansion of its own business. It not only centralizes all logistical services onto a CO2-neutral site but also reflects the company's vision of the future: ‘Better, bigger, and easier’.
Realizing the Vision
Helping to realize this vision, the Movu atlas shuttle system was installed in summer 2022 to provide a high-density, multi-pallet position AS/RS. Without the need for lift truck aisles, the atlas system maximizes storage capacity on a given footprint, while also removing manual handling, helping to reduce both personnel risk and picking errors.