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Warehousing Arrangements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077626D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Koestner, JH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A compact plural access warehouse increases article storage density, as well as improves access to any of the storage compartments in one of a plurality of storage compartment arrays.

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Warehousing Arrangements

A compact plural access warehouse increases article storage density, as well as improves access to any of the storage compartments in one of a plurality of storage compartment arrays.

The figure is a simplified end sectional view of an automatic warehouse utilizing the principles of the above teaching. A plurality of spaced-apart storage compartment arrays is respectively accessed by one of two compartment accessing mechanisms, which are preferably of the two-way type, i.e., can access from either size of the travel path between the facing open side of the storage arrays. A plurality of load/unload stations is preferably disposed longitudinally along the travel path outside the outer arrays. Alternatively, the load/unload station may be disposed at the ends of the travel path. In such a situation, additional storage compartment arrays can be added to replace the load/unload stations; such arrays would be mounted on a common wall with the outer arrays as shown for the two inner arrays.

In the event the automatic warehouse extends a great distance or is used as a dividing wall in a facility, a transfer station can be inserted in the inner arrays. In this instance, a left-hand load/unload station requests an article from an array in the right-hand portion. The right-hand two-way compartment accessor transfers an article from one of the two arrays to the transfer station. Then, the left-hand two-way compartment accessor transfers the article...