It all started some months ago when I visited one of our biggest exhibitions in Germany. I reached the SSI Schaefer stand and saw “it” for the first time: The SSI Autocruiser, our latest product. “THAT thing over there is our latest bestseller?!” – I thought my German colleagues wanted to pull my leg…
Looking back at it now I have to admit that I was wrong. That product actually is genius! Seriously. Let me explain you why.
We all had a Carrera race course or toy train when we were young, hadn`t we? I spent hours of building more and more sophisticated race courses with loop-the-loops, curves that only my cars could cope with and drove my mother mad. She could barely enter my nursery which was built up with track switches, cars and tiny plastic trees.
Got the idea? Ok, let`s get back to the SSI Autocruiser.
I personally think that everybody can assemble this system. All you need are a couple of preconfigured components like carriages, guide rails, cams, track switches, a domestic socket outlet, a simple instruction manual and common sense. First step: Clip the driving route together. Second step: No wiring, no complicated control system! The SSI Autocruiser possesses a stand-alone peripheral control system integrated into the carriages operated on it. In detail: Those carriages feature batteries; the governing is carried out through destination cards to a predefined position. And: The throughput is nothing to sneeze at. 50 till 300 transport units per hour.
In other words: The set-up of the SSI Autocruiser works without external consultants, without a planning department, without engineering, sophisticated IT and an interface to external systems. It almost runs in the same way as your Carrera race course back then, does not it?! – I am pretty sure our Marketing Managers and Product Developers will chop my head off for this comparison…
Still not convinced? – There you go: The price per meter is unbeatably beneficial. It is roughly a quarter of a conventional conveyor system or less – depending of the configuration. Furthermore the SSI Autocruiser might be the first step into automation. Again, Automation does NOT (only) mean high bay warehouses or Miniload cranes. Why starting with complex, cost intensive solutions when you can start safe and uncomplicated? We all know that automation areas exists, in which merely a transportation of one container from place A to place B is needed. Another possible setting is the connection of numerous workplaces where manual assembling is done. These processes require a simple transport solution. The SSI Autocruiser might be a reasonable answer in that scenario.
Let’s sum it up. The SSI Autocruiser is a free scalable, uncomplicated, flexible, low-risky investment that could help you into the transition of Automating your Supply Chain. As it is easy to set up, you can quickly dismantle it and built it up somewhere else in your warehouse tomorrow. Why being stressed every day? Take it easy. Use technology. Simply watch the video!