Prize-Winning Solution for E-Commerce Processes (psb rotapick)
psb GmbH has won this year’s »VDI-Innovationspreis 2012« [VDI Innovation Award 2012] for its state-of-the-art solution for intralogistics processes.
The prize has been presented in the course of the VDI Wissensforum on 29 March, during the 21. Deutscher Materialfluss-Kongress [21st German Material Flow Congress] in Munich. It is proof of the forward-planning innovation management in the company’s anniversary year, which is celebrated under the slogan »innovations for generations – 125 years of psb«.
In times, when the flow of information and goods is gaining more and more importance, in-house logistics has become a key success factor in global competition. The economic processing of small order sizes, within the most different time frames, is the most challenging task for many enterprises.
The prize-winning solution is a psb system with a high degree of economic efficiency, for a large variety of applications in the e-commerce business and returns management in the most different sectors, as fashion, automotive and electronics industry. The innovation consists of elements of the order picking stations rotapick 3.0 and the uninterrupted connection to the warehouse environment, which is operated by psb vario.sprinter shuttles. »A smart solution, I think…«, Professor Willibald A. Günthner pointed to the high degree of innovation of the psb concept in his award speech at the Technical University of Munich. By buffering the totes at the workstation, unnecessary repeated transports from the warehouse to the order picking station, and back, are avoided – an energy-saving process. During normal work load, or light load, not all conveyor elements need to be active; yet, permanent access to each tote box in the warehouse is provided.
Special emphasis is put on the ergonomic design of the rotapick workstations: both, source totes and target totes, are supplied in a position which is comfortable for the worker.
This configuration complies, to a very high extent, with the psb green efficiency approach. The vario.sprinter shuttle systems require only about a tenth of the power which is needed for the operation of a traditional AS/RS stacker crane system. The energy, developed during the deceleration (and braking action) of the vario.sprinter devices, is immediately re-generated into the supercapacitors of the shuttles.
»The entire psb team is proud of this award, which is proof for the fact, that only the know-how across generations, plus new ideas, can build the foundation for the future«, Werner Klein, Managing Director of psb GmbH, points out the meaning of the VDI Award for the employees in the company’s anniversary year.
»Innovationspreis Logistik 2012« [Innovation Award Logistics 2012]
With this award, the VDI-Gesellschaft Produktion und Logistik (VDI-GPL) promotes developments in logistics with a high degree of reliability, availability and security. Sophisticated technologies, which support people in fulfilling their complex tasks, shall be presented to the public. Industrial, trade and service businesses, based in Germany, are entitled to participate in the competition.
VDI-GPL has appointed an independent jury of competent and distinguished experts. Members of the jury 2012:
- Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Gregor Blauermel, Executive Partner B416 business consultants GmbH & Co. KG
- Prof. Dr.-lng. WiIlibald A. Günthner, Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics, Technical University of Munich
- Dipl.-lng. Rolf Karis, Vice Editor-in-Chief, »VDI-nachrichten« (professional publication)
- Volker Unruh, Editor-in-Chief, »Logistik für Unternehmen« (professional journal)
- Dr. Petra Seebauer, Editor-in-Chief, »Logistik Heute« (professional journal)
- Dipl.-lng. Reiner Wesselowski, Editor-in-Chief, »f+h Fördern und Heben« (professional journal)
- Mathias Thomas, Executive Partner gaxsys GmbH, Karlsruhe, winner of the »Innovationspreis Logistik 2011«
- Dipl.-Ing. Jean Haeffs, VDI-Gesellschaft Produktion und Logistik
The jury decides on the submitted documents according to the award criteria only; the award winners are determined in a direct vote.
Award ceremony during the 21. Deutscher Materialfluss-Kongress in Garching (Munich), from left to right: Prof. Dr.-lng. WiIlibald A. Günthner (Technical University of Munich), Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Volker Welsch and Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Werner Klein (both psb), Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Gregor Blauermel (B416 business consultants), Dipl.-Ing. Jean Haeffs, (VDI)
psb intralogistics GmbH
psb is a successful, medium-sized and independent company, with a long tradition. For 125 years, psb has been focussing on the requirements of its customers.
psb products are developed as modular system components. Our project engineers combine these modules, to provide bespoke system installations working most efficiently for our customers. A high availability is prerequisite for the economic efficiency of the system installations.
The psb plus: intralogistic solutions are designed and implemented by a single supplier. At our headquarters in Pirmasens, we develop, manufacture and pre-commission mechanical components, control systems and computer software (Warehouse Management System [WMS] incl. ERP integration). All interfaces are centered at one location and can be easily controlled. We also provide single-supplier after sales service. If you need any support, you will talk directly to our experts, without call center in-between answering your calls.
Today, psb is one of the leading European suppliers for material flow technology and intralogistic systems. Major companies, in Germany and abroad, in different industrial sectors, are working examples for quality, and sophisticated, customized solutions made by psb.