Reusable Containers for Automated Warehousing: Schoeller Allibert Partners with Hatteland

The European leader in returnable transit packaging (RTP) to supply Hatteland’s fully robotised AutoStore systems with customized stacking bins


AS-2015-499Schoeller Allibert, a leader in returnable transit packaging (RTP) since 1959, is proud to announce a new partnership with Hatteland, inventor of the AutoStore cubical automated warehouse system.

Our team is very proud to be working with Hatteland towards a more efficient and sustainable future in logistics,” states Ludo Gielen, Schoeller Allibert’s Chief Innovation Officer. “What we have designed fits perfectly with AutoStore’s innovative system, and handles the heavy workload without any issues. And our two companies are a perfect fit, too: two innovators with a savoir-faire between them, working in unison to find the best possible solutions for our common client’s needs.”

Schoeller Allibert supplies European and U.S. markets with 100 percent recyclable plastic bins, made from high-density polyethylene or anti-static polypropylene (ESD), for Hatteland’s fully robotised AutoStore system. The customized stacking containers are designed to integrate seamlessly into AutoStore’s aluminum framework.

Unlike traditional “from the side” warehouse order picking systems, AutoStore’s unique “from the top” robotised technique requires bins durable enough to be repeatedly picked up by robots, as well as robust enough to bear the weight of several containers stacked on top. As a result, the top of the container is subjected to far greater levels of manipulation and weight stress. Schoeller Allibert has therefore developed a more robust bin structure that will easily withstand this new working environment.

Total Control & Unprecedented Reliability

AutoStore saves on space, time, and resources by reducing labor requirements and eliminating the need for aisles, shelves, walkways, air conditioning, and even lighting: robots, running on rails and equipped with grippers do all of the work, inputting and outputting the bins around the clock and in the dark.

AS-2015-084AutoStore robots can fill orders four times faster than manual order pickers, and the system only requires 25-50 percent of the surface area of conventional storage facilities. Its carbon footprint, too, is considerably greener: not only does it optimize warehouse space utilization, saving on building and labor costs. It also consumes significantly less power (one robot uses less electricity than a vacuum cleaner).

Staff, too, are faster trained, and 50 percent more productive than workers using traditional picking methods. And because AutoStore perfectly fits with the average A/B/C allocation in most warehouses, optimizing capacity is quickly realized.

Schoeller Allibert and Hatteland are pleased to be working alongside Lalesse Europe BV, one of the integrators who performs AutoStore installations across the Benelux region. They recently expanded Accell Nederland AutoStore facility in Apeldoorn, which uses 25,000 plastic bins and 40 AutoStore robots, to fill 1,400 orders per hour.

There are AutoStore systems like the Accell Nederland facility in place throughout Europe and around the world. Schoeller Allibert, the European market leader of RTP solutions with operations worldwide, is proud to be a key player in this exciting, rapidly growing new form of sustainable, high-density warehousing.