Automated storage system

  • US 10,696,478 B2
  • Filed: 10/01/2019
  • Issued: 06/30/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of operating a bin storage system comprising a plurality of storage columns for the storage of a plurality of vertically-stacked storage bins, and a plurality of robot vehicles for transporting storage bins on the bin storage system, wherein each of the plurality of robot vehicles comprisesa vehicle body,a cavity arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage column,a plurality of rolling members attached to the vehicle body about the cavity,arranged for travelling in a first and second directions along the bin storage system,a lifting device arranged to lift a storage bin from the storage column to an end position within the cavity;

  • andwherein the method comprises the steps of;

    positioning the cavity of one of the plurality of robot vehicles above one of the storage columns,descending the lifting device of the robot vehicle into the storage column, lifting the lifting device of the robot vehicle from the storage column,using the plurality of rolling members of the robot vehicle, moving the robot vehicle along the bin storage system prior to the lifting device comes to the end position within the cavity.

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