Material provision by mechanical docking device: the shooter system
Material at the right time, in the right amount in the right place.
The process of “shooter” means the provision of material from a transport medium A (e.g. mobile flow rack) to a transfer station B (e.g. supply rack) and vice versa. The aim is to transfer load carriers from A to B.
This works purely mechanically: a mechanical lock is released by docking / contact and the full load carriers are transferred to transfer station B purely by gravity. At the same time, the empty load carriers are returned to the transport medium on another level.
A distinction is made between a side shooter and a front shooter.
The side shooter is triggered by approaching the shelf from the side. After docking, the latch is pushed down and thus releases the containers, which then start moving independently.
The front shooter is triggered by frontal docking on the shelf. After docking, the latch is pushed down and thus releases the containers, which then start moving independently.