High-Bay Warehouse - For More Storage Capacity and Optimum Utilization of Space

Automated high-bay warehouses are used for the storage of packaged goods. Thanks to the compact design a high space utilization and storage density can be achieved. Such high-bay warehouses are operated by automatic storage and retrieval cranes which get their transport orders from a warehouse management and material flow system. Complex control systems are responsible for controlling the machines (e.g. Step 7). Conveyors transport the goods to be stored to the high-bay warehouse and from this area to the order picking zone, to the production area or to the shipping department. Our storage systems are available in various configurations and designs, from single-deep or multiple-deep storage to built-in shelving or silo.

Purpose of high-bay warehouses

  • Production
  • Buffer
  • Storage
  • Ripening
  • Deep-freeze store
  • Distribution
  • Dispatch
  • Central store

Klinkhammer - a general contractor also for the following topics:

  • Fire protection: Sprinkler systems, oxygen reduction
  • Air conditioning
  • Roof and wall panelling

High-bay warehouse

Depending on your needs, we individually adapt the high-bay warehouse to your goods, the downstream and upstream systems and the required throughput such that you are able to benefit from a smooth and optimal performance. The reasons for building a fully automated high-bay warehouse are saving floor space, expanding storage capacities, shortening the logistics chain and improving delivery quality. Intelligent, networked automation modules, from high-bay warehouse to the order picking zone, the production area or the shipping department take care of many time-consuming tasks, increasing the overall efficiency.

References:   ACVK, AKF, Big, Denree, Denso, Frei, Jeld Wen, Lantmännen, Marburger, Puma, Schletter, Trolli

High-bay warehouse design types

Pallet high-bay warehouse

 In accordance with the industrial building directive, racking systems featuring a height of 7.50 m or more are classified as high-bay warehouse. For this type of warehouse and due to the often heavy loads special profiles are used for the structural steelwork which are exactly designed and dimensioned to the required needs. Depending on the fire protection concept the planners allow for free spaces for sprinkler systems and piping. Alternatively, it is also possible to work according to the principle of oxygen reduction (inertization) in case an airproof building shell is used. Based on article range and order structure, the planners realize single, double or triple-deep high-bay warehouses to optimally address the requirements.

Channel storage system / Satellite vehicle system ("Muli")

In channel storage systems several loading units or pallets are stored consecutively in channels on special profiles. Stand-alone, cable-based or battery-powered shuttle vehicles, which are transported to the respective channels by means of an automatic storage and retrieval crane, store and retrieve the loading units in the high-bay warehouse. Compared to a conventional pallet high bay warehouse, the advantage of this type of warehouse is its better utilization of space. The channel storage system is an effective solution for storing large quantities of little article diversity.

Storage system with a gallery level

In the storage system with a gallery level, gangways for manual order picking are integrated into the high-bay warehouse's structural steelwork. Both operator sides of the rack rows, on which pallets are stored, are equipped with a falling protection or guardrail. Forklift trucks transport the pallets to the corresponding rack locations. Storage systems with a gallery level are often used in combination with station picking zones for slow moving articles (also called slow movers).

Silo storage

The constructional steelwork of the racking system represents the supporting substructure for roof and façade. Used in combination with storage and retrieval cranes, a storage system with a gallery level is considered as machine and thus benefits from short amortization periods. Using this design type for high-bay warehouses, it is possible to realize heights of more than 40 m. Further advantages are short assembly and installation times as no halls and buildings are required and low operational costs as storage space in great heights is opened up.

Built-in storage

Built-in storage systems are integrated into and individually adapted to existing buildings and hall. Existing space that has been used otherwise so far often offers an ideal link to production zone and shipping area. Built-in storage systems may be automated or operated with floor-borne vehicles. This type of high-bay warehouse offers the advantage of adding functional value to existing objects.

Storage type - in line

  • Single-deep
  • Multiple-deep

Warehouse vehicles in the high-bay warehouse

  • Narrow forklift truck
  • Rail-bound or curve-going storage and retrieval crane (AS/RS) or lifting beam
  • Channel vehicles (Muli)
  • Shuttle vehicles
  • Multi-level shuttle

 Energy-saving technologies

  • Energy recovery
  • Intermediate circuit technology for immediate reuse of released energy
  • Power adaptations through driving strategies

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