Four Way Multi Shuttle System

Short Description:

In recent years, logistics automation technology in the domestic and international auto parts industry has been rapidly developed and applied. Smart logistics solutions are widely used in warehousing, distribution, and sorting work scenarios, which have a positive effect on the flexibility, low cost, intelligence, and accuracy of warehousing.

Product Detail

Product Tags


Smart logistics is an integrated scenario application of automated and intelligent technology, empowering all links, effectively realizing a substantial increase in storage space capacity, and quickly and accurately implementing parts storage, delivery, sorting, information processing and other operations. Through the analysis of monitoring operation data, we can accurately grasp the business pain points, continue to optimize business capabilities, reduce costs and increase efficiency. The application of technology and big data analysis based on smart logistics will become the main direction of the development of parts logistics, as an important indicator to measure the level of enterprise logistics operation and management.

System Advantages

1. Help companies to save costs significantly

The application of four-way multi shuttle system makes full use of the height of warehouse to realize the intensive storage of materials and improve efficiency; the automated intensive storage and the front conveying system reduce labor cost, reduce labor intensity, and improve efficiency.

2. Safe operation

Ergonomic order picking stations can improve operator performance and reduce error rates.

3. Increased processing capacity

The warehouse handling capacity is 2-3 times that of traditional automated warehouse.

4. Improvements on information construction

Realize the whole process management of materials in and out of storage through information management methods. At the same time, it has related query and report management to provide data support for warehouse management.

5. Flexible, modular, and expandable

According to business needs, more shuttles can be flexibly added to improve efficiency.

Customer Case

NANJING INFORM STORAGE EQUIPMENT (GROUP) CO.,LTD provides a well-known automobile company with an easy-to-expandable box-type four-way multi shuttle system solution, to help the company optimize the automated storage system to achieve high space utilization, rapid cargo storage, and precise inbound and outbound control requirements to ensure the timeliness of order response, improve the efficiency of the enterprise, and effectively save manpower and operating costs. 

The well-known automobile company that INFORM has cooperated with this time is an active practitioner of smart logistics in the auto parts industry. The company is mainly responsible for the operation of the after-sales spare parts central warehouse. Previously, multitier mezzanine and pallet racking were used for storage. With more and more categories of spare parts, there are still many problems in warehousing, picking and outbound process, which need to be solved through intelligent logistics warehousing solutions. After many considerations, the box-type four-way multi shuttle solution provided by INFORM can better meet current business needs, adapt to the company's development and subsequent business extensions, and help it to ensure the timeliness of order response, improve the efficiency of the enterprise, and effectively save the demand for manpower and operating costs, and achieve significant results.

Project Overview And Main Process 

This project covers an area of about 2,000 square meters, and has built an automated dense storage warehouse with a height of nearly 10 meters. There are nearly 20,000 cargo spaces. The turnover box can be divided into two, three and four compartments, and can store nearly 70,000 SKUs. This project is equipped with 15 box-type four-way multi shuttles, 3 elevators, 1 set of racking-end conveyor line and  front conveying module, and 3 sets of goods-to-person picking stations.

The system is configured with WMS software to connect to the enterprise's ERP system, and configure with WCS software, responsible for the decomposition, distribution and equipment scheduling management of job tasks.


 WMS software                                                           WCS software

Products inbound and outbound process are as follows:

1. Inbound

◇WMS system manages the binding of the bar code of turnover box and material, laying the foundation for inventory management;

◇Complete the online work of turnover box manually. Turnover box enters the conveying system after scanning the code and super-elevation detection without abnormality;

◇Turnover box that enters the conveying system, according to the system distribution logic, will be transferred to the designated position by elevator and four-way multi shuttle.

◇WMS updates the inventory information after receiving the instruction to complete the delivery of four-way multi shuttle, and the warehousing work is completed.

2. Storage

The materials that need to be stored are classified into the three categories of ABC based on the previous big data judgment, and the system cargo location planning is also correspondingly designed based on ABC. The cargo space of each floor directly facing the elevator sub lane is defined as type A material storage area, the surrounding area is type B material storage area, and the other areas are type C material storage area.

In type A material storage area, since it faces the elevator directly, shuttle car does not need to switch to the main lane mode when picking and placing this type of turnover box, which saves the time of acceleration, deceleration and switching between sub- and main-lane, so the efficiency is higher.

3. Picking

◇System automatically generates picking waves after receiving the ERP order, calculates the required materials, and generates material turnover box outbound task according to the storage unit where materials are located;

◇Turnover box is transferred to the picking station after passing through the four-way multi shuttle, elevator and conveyor line;

◇One picking station has multiple turnover boxes to operate in turn, so operators do not have to wait for turnover box;

◇WMS software client-side display screen is equipped, to prompt the cargo compartment information, material information, etc. At the same time, light on the top of picking station shines into the goods compartment to be picked, to remind the operator, thereby improving the picking efficiency;

◇Equipped with multiple order boxes with button lights on corresponding positions to remind the operator to put materials into the lighted order boxes to achieve fool-proof and reduce errors.

4. Outbound

After an order box is picked, system automatically transfers it to the warehouse conveyor line. After scanning the turnover box bar code with PDA, system automatically prints the packing list and order information to provide a basis for subsequent collection, consolidation and review. After the small order materials are merged with other large order materials, they will be shipped to the customer in time.