Daifuku's mini load is a high-speed, high-density buffer that can replace conventional static rack to maximize vertical storage space within a compact footprint. The mini load moves and stores irregularly shaped goods or parts placed in: stacking totes, collapsible totes, nesting containers and case/cardboard boxes. Items are transported to/from the mini load by conveyor, shuttle fork, side belt, side clamp, Sorting Transfer Vehicle (STV) or Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV).
Primary Problems Addressed:
Facility is full; no additional storage space
Plans for a new facility
Congestion; product stored in aisle and hallways
Need more space for production
Bottlenecks in material flow and production
Limited capacity in storage and production areas
Orders are becoming smaller and more frequent
Pick cycle times are too long
Frequent lost stock
Inventory Spoilage / Damage
No real-time material control
Poor product accessibility
Lack of FIFO control
Workers in hostile environments
Workers walking long distances
Excessive stooping and bending and reaching to pick product
Excessive noise levels from material handling equipment
Product in the wrong storage medium
Multiple staging areas
Product is often moved from one staging area to another
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Effective in forward pick operations, a mini load is also suited for applications that include the buffering and storage of small raw materials and/or finished goods. It is also a good buffering system for small items that represent work-in-process. Mini Load offers three crane transfer options to handle placement and retrieval of loads, whether items are in plastic totes, corrugated paper cases or a specialty container.
In addition to Daifuku's standard mini load, we offer a line called MSS. An MSS works well when loads in a random state must be put in an ordered state, or vice versa and when short-term staging is needed rather than long-term storage. The MSS mini load is comprised of a beam with an extractor rather than the standard crane on a rail. The extractor moves back and forth on the beam, and the beam itself moves up and down.
All Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems are engineered and manufactured by Daifuku. This level of control ensures the highest quality and reliability while providing the ability to tailor the product to best fit the customer's load size, weight and speed required. This approach means systems are installed easier and are up and running faster.
Variable acceleration rates
Regained floor space
Inventory accuracy and control
High-speed storage/retrieval operation
Flexible design for easy expansion (does not apply to MSS product line)
Reduced operator fatigue
The availability of overhead space in the facility determines rack height. Aisle length and the number of
aisles are based on available floor space. Load size and required throughput affects the speed and is considered t
o determine system configuration of a single or dual shuttle and single or double-deep storage.
The specs below apply to standard applications. Equipment modifications may be available to better suit your company's needs.
Standard load weight capacity: 30–300 kg (66-662 lbs.)
Standard S/R machine height: 3-20 m (10-66 ft.)
Standard horizontal speed: 100 – 300 m/min. (328-984 ft./min.)
Standard vertical speed: 40-160 m/min. (131-525 ft./min.)
Standard shuttle speed: 20-100 m/min. (66-328 ft./min.)
Standard load footprint: 260-1500 mm x 350-1000 mm (10.2-59.1 in. x 13.8-39.4 in)