Zikoo Robotics has created a benchmark smart warehouse for the home appliance industry

In this project, an smart warehouse solution was implemented, featuring smart shuttles, high-speed elevators, flexible conveyor lines, high-standard storage facilities, and the ZIKOO Smart Warehouse Management Platform. 

Achievements

  • Built a high-density storage system, increasing storage capacity by approximately 60% compared to beam shelving, accommodating over 400 types of materials.
  • Automated entry photo-scanning for various product types, achieving a 99.99% accuracy rate in auto-scanning.
  • Reduced labor costs by 60% through minimizing manual handling and scanning tasks.
  • Developed a customized WMS system for unmanned automated inventory management.
  • Achieved a highly efficient collaboration between hardware and software, with various depth numbers planned, reaching a comprehensive in-and-out efficiency of 90 pallets/hour.
  • Full coverage for both B2B and B2C business scenarios.

Zikoo's Solution
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  • Constructed a 3000 sqm warehouse with an 11m height, featuring a four-level storage system with 4700 storage positions.
  • Equipped with 6 four-way shuttles, 2 elevators, and 2 fully automated photo-scanning OCR systems.
  • Implemented a complete suite of WMS, WES, WCS, and RCS software systems.

Challenges
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  • Increase storage capacity in the warehouse
  • Save on labor costs
  • Implement automatic inventory management
  • Enhance warehouse operational efficiency

Project Background
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As land costs and labor expenses rise, the costs for third-party logistics have been increasing year by year. With the rapid development of the e-commerce industry across all channels, numerous merchants rely on third-party logistics for warehousing and distribution. This reliance has accelerated the expansion of the third-party logistics industry while also posing greater challenges in terms of operational efficiency, multi-goods management capabilities, and order fulfillment.

Zikoo Robotics for the Home Appliance Industry

 

With robust demand in the home appliance market and an extensive warehousing supply chain in the industry, the need for a transformation to digital, intelligent, and unmanned warehousing is becoming increasingly urgent. This is driven by socioeconomic development, technological advancements, and the rising costs of land and labor. The application of four-way vehicle warehouses in the home appliance industry stands out, as building automated warehouses can help enterprises achieve intelligent and unmanned warehousing transformation, significantly reducing time and labor costs.

Recently, Zikoo Robotics provided a pallet intelligent storage solution for a home appliance distribution center. This solution, comprising a smart pallet storage system paired with fully automatic photo-scanning equipment, targets industry pain points for warehouse upgrading, achieving higher space utilization, improved operational efficiency, reduced labor costs, and more accurate material picking.

 

Project Overview

The project covers approximately 15,000 square meters, with this phase encompassing a quarter of the warehouse, planning and constructing a four-way vehicle warehouse. With a usable height of 11 meters, the warehouse has 4696 storage positions across four shelves, equipped with six intelligent shuttle vehicles. These vehicles, with a thickness of 150mm and a 1T load capacity, support multi-vehicle dispatch and intelligent route planning, significantly enhancing operational efficiency. The project’s rapid and high-quality delivery effectively reduces the client’s time and labor costs.

The system automates the inventory process within the warehouse. Materials are transported to the first floor by elevators and conveyor lines, then transferred by intelligent shuttle vehicles and passed through fully automatic photo-scanning equipment before being returned to storage, achieving fully automated unmanned inventory. The intelligent shuttle vehicles can operate multiple units on the same level, with a maximum efficiency of over 40 pallets per hour. The project seamlessly integrates production lines with inventory, meeting the client’s demand for order-based production and storage, and aiding the home appliance industry in achieving automated and unmanned warehousing.

 

Project Pain Points

  • Low Storage Capacity: Traditional beam shelf storage methods lead to a low volume rate in the warehouse, failing to meet storage position requirements.

 

  • Diverse and Complex Inventory: With over a thousand types of materials and small barcodes, manual scanning is prone to errors, leading to missed or incorrect scans.

 

  • Low Efficiency: Large disparities in inventory quantities of different materials and a lack of informational control; manual forklift operations are inefficient.

 

Project Highlights

  • Intelligent shuttle vehicles achieve storage in the warehouse, increasing storage capacity by approximately 60% and reducing labor by 60% compared to ordinary beam shelf storage.

 

  • For various home appliances, a fully automatic photo-scanning function has been developed, capable of recognizing 7-8mm barcodes with a 99.99% accuracy rate.

 

  • Planning automated inventory processes and developing customized storage strategies and IWMS systems for intelligent transformation and upgrading; intelligent shuttle vehicles support multi-vehicle operation on the same level, four-way travel, cross-aisle and cross-layer operations, with self-checking and obstacle avoidance capabilities. This achieves unmanned inventory operations and improves storage inventory efficiency.

 

Intelligent Warehouse Solution

This project utilized an intelligent warehouse solution, comprising intelligent shuttle vehicles, high-speed elevators, flexible conveyor lines, high-standard storage facilities, and the Zikoo Robotics intelligent warehouse management platform. Tailoring to the warehouse’s characteristics and client needs, a high-efficiency, high-density, high-flexibility, and rapid-delivery “pallet-to-person” solution is provided.

 

About Zikoo Robotics

Zikoo Robotics is a leading provider of pallet storage robot solutions. With comprehensive capabilities in robot bodies, core algorithms, operating systems, and business systems, the company is committed to offering high-efficiency, high-density, high-flexibility, and rapid-delivery intelligent warehousing solutions. To date, Zikoo Robotics has launched a range of robots and intelligent systems, covering industries such as machinery, new energy, home appliances, cold chain, food, and home furnishings. With a leading reputation in the industry, the company is a new force in the warehouse robotics sector, continuously promoting the digital and intelligent transformation of enterprise storage.

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