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Color Graphics Mimic Screen for Automated Warehouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044153D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brand, DA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A color graphics terminal displays in the form of stylized color diagrams summarized status and statistical information derived from computers and sensors controlling and monitoring an automated warehouse complex. In normal operating mode, the terminal displays one of several high-level screens, each of which is a graphical representation of part of the warehouse complex. A typical high-level screen is shown in Fig. 1. Here, sections of main line conveyors H, I, J are shown for transferring pallets to and from a section of the warehouse complex. Areas of warehouse floor A to F, where groups of up to twelve operators process pallets drawn off the main line conveyors, are shown distributed on each side of the conveyors. Pallets are supplied to or taken from rack storage areas L and M, respectively, by cranes.

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Color Graphics Mimic Screen for Automated Warehouse

A color graphics terminal displays in the form of stylized color diagrams summarized status and statistical information derived from computers and sensors controlling and monitoring an automated warehouse complex. In normal operating mode, the terminal displays one of several high-level screens, each of which is a graphical representation of part of the warehouse complex. A typical high-level screen is shown in Fig. 1. Here, sections of main line conveyors H, I, J are shown for transferring pallets to and from a section of the warehouse complex. Areas of warehouse floor A to F, where groups of up to twelve operators process pallets drawn off the main line conveyors, are shown distributed on each side of the conveyors. Pallets are supplied to or taken from rack storage areas L and M, respectively, by cranes. Other elevators, conveyors and transfer units, for example, are represented by areas G, K and N. In this example, a further small parts store O, ancilliary to the main warehouse storage facility, is shown. Breakdowns in operations of the warehouse complex are indicated by color changes and/or flashing of the corresponding region on the screen. In addition, supporting messages indicating the nature of the problem appear on the screen. Using keyed input or light pen, a warehouse controller is able to call up any one of a more detailed set of low-level screens showing the status of the part of the warehouse where a problem has been flagged. A low level screen is available for each of the areas indicated by the letters on the high- level screens. Thus, for example, a low-level screen may display details of one of the warehouse floor areas A to F, or a selected section H,...