It's too big to be a dog, too boxy and it doesn't bark. But when it comes to obedience the iGo neo is right up there with the best. Christian Fischer moves speedily from rack to rack in the STILL warehouse in Hamburg. The high-tech truck made by KION's premium brand company drives dutifully alongside him, waiting to be loaded. "It does it completely on its own," says Fischer, Head of Product Management Business and Automation Solutions at STILL, as he demonstrates the capabilities of the iGo neo.
Picking goods from a rack is a complex task. So complex that doing it quickly is too much for robots to handle. But quickly and efficiently is exactly how it needs to be done. Up to now, warehouse staff using horizontal pickers have had to drive them forward, stop, get out, walk, load or unload them, walk, get in again and drive on once more. It's laborious work and takes up a lot of time.
STILL’s solution is automation on demand: it's up to the operators what level of automation they require. "The iGo neo, the latest product of the STILL iGo family, goes one better and works on the basis of new robotics technology," enthuses Fischer. "It understands its environment and can detect obstacles and most importantly its operator – it works in tandem with the order picker."