In our last Your Space issue, we told you about our exciting plans to develop a fourth archiving facility. With the building having commenced, we would like to take you for a virtual look inside the warehouse so we can tell you a little more about the innovations we will use to manage the archive.
Paul Webber tells us more: “Having now broken ground on the project using local contractors, I can talk to you a bit more about Autostore, a state-of-the-art robotic storage system which will be fitted inside the new building. Autostore provides high-density storage giving us more capacity and is hyper-secure because you can’t access it without a robot. It is efficient for picking and can preload recalled specimens onto the picking system. This means if we know what recalls are coming along it will line them up and pick them up automatically with an operator supervising. The eventual vision is that this hardware can be linked into the CellTrak software so when a customer is recalling material from the Autostore matrix then the robot can start picking and preparing it. This will save us having to go to the material and instead will see the material brought to us. The current process can be quite intensive in terms of labour and logistics and collecting material, this new system would mean we will be working more efficiently. The Autostore system is modular so it is very flexible and adaptable to whatever space we have. We can even choose to fit one portion of the warehouse with the system, to begin with, and then expand our installation as more material is collected. We have worked out that when the warehouse is completely fitted out with Autostore we can archive over 130 million additional blocks on top of our existing capacity. Most importantly, the new system will integrate well with the CellNass team. In the same building, we will also be having a new staff canteen for our whole workforce as well as additional office space. Once again, we would like to thank our customers for their continued support, and we look forward to inviting you to visit us!”