Auto-Unstacker for Storage and Retrieval of Parts Totes System
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
In an Automatic Storage and Retrieval Tote Stacker System efficiency is greatly improved if the parts totes are stacked and transported by the system's crane in groups of several (3, 5, 7, etc.). If this is done, however, since the totes usually must be delivered from the system singly, a means is required to unstack them at the exit port. Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate a tote elevator for this function. (Image Omitted) The left view (Fig. 1) is shown from inside the system looking out at one of the exit ports.