What is a stacker crane?
In order to be able to serve goods stored higher up in a multi-level warehouse, special auxiliary equipment is used. These stacker cranes are mostly single-track rail-guided and can reach the top level even in a high-bay warehouse.
Stacker cranes, or in logistics also called RFZ (rack conveyors), come in designs ranging from six to a maximum of 46 meters. They can either be tied to a row of racks via a linear rail system or travel across the entire warehouse with the help of a switch system.
How are stacker cranes constructed?
The stacker cranes used in logistics consist of a combination of hoist and a lift carriage. In addition, a load handling device is also used, as the RFZs are not designed for transporting goods through the warehouse.
Stacker cranes usually consist of these components:
- Chassis, mostly single track Rail guided
- Mast, connection between the landing gear and the head crossbeam
- Lifting sled, for the transport of the goods to be transported.
- Head traverse, for removal from the shelf