Systems and methods for order processing

  • US 9,796,080 B2
  • Filed: 06/12/2014
  • Issued: 10/24/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/17/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for managing shipment containers, the system comprising:

  • a storage-and-retrieval system comprising;

    a structural framework defining a grid of storage locations configured for receiving a plurality of shipment containers including storage containers and delivery containers;

    a plurality of robotic load handlers for retrieving shipment containers from any one of the storage locations; and

    at least one rail arranged about the grid to enable access to each of the storage locations by at least one of the plurality of robotic load handlers; and

    at least one processor configured to;

    generate signals for instructing or controlling at least one of the plurality of robotic load handlers to store, in the storage and retrieval system, the storage containers containing stored items;

    generate signals for instructing or controlling at least one of the plurality of robotic load handlers to retrieve from the storage and retrieval system at least one storage container containing stored items for delivering the retrieved at least one storage container to an order picking station; and

    generate signals for instructing or controlling at least one of the plurality of robotic load handlers to store at least one delivery container in the storage and retrieval system, the at least one delivery container containing at least one picked item from the retrieved at least one storage container,wherein the storage containers are of a first size and gauge for transport by at least one of the robotic handlers exclusively within the storage and retrieval system and the delivery containers are of a second size and gauge for transport outside of the storage and retrieval system for delivery and within the storage and retrieval system by at least one of the robotic handlers for storage prior to delivery.

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