Voestalpine has filed a patent for a warehouse design that aims to reduce vibrations in the region of fastenings of guideways and crossings. The design includes connecting elements that are located outside the rail and side walls, and are fastened to a horizontal support surface fixed to the frame. The patent claims have been canceled. GlobalData’s report on Voestalpine gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Voestalpine, tunnel boring machines was a key innovation area identified from patents. Voestalpine's grant share as of September 2023 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Warehouse storage system with reduced vibrations in guideways

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Voestalpine AG

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230303322A1) describes a warehouse system designed for the storage and retrieval of goods or bundles of goods using a distributor vehicle. The warehouse includes passages arranged in a frame, allowing the distributor vehicle to travel through them. Storage spaces for load carriers are also provided within the frame. The passages are equipped with guides secured to the frame, each having a running rail for the distributor vehicle to travel on and upright side walls along the running rail. The guides are connected to a horizontal support face secured to the frame using vertically extending connection elements positioned outside the running rail and side walls.

In one embodiment, the guides feature flaps protruding laterally from the running rail. The connection elements extend vertically through openings or recesses in the flaps. The flaps are positioned with their flat lower side on the horizontal support face, and their flat upper side is flush with the running face of the running rail. On a longitudinal portion of the guide where the flaps are formed, the side walls are omitted.

The horizontal support face is the upper side of a plate secured to the frame. The warehouse system also includes transport passages and storage spaces arranged at the side of the transport passages. These storage spaces have a connection passage intersecting the transport passages. The connection passage and transport passages are equipped with guides secured to the frame, featuring running rails and side walls. The guides extend crosswise toward each other at the intersection. At least one guide is secured to a horizontal support face using vertically extending connection elements positioned outside the running rail and side walls.

In summary, the patent describes a warehouse system with passages and storage spaces for load carriers, equipped with guides and connection elements. The guides have running rails and side walls, and the connection elements secure the guides to a horizontal support face. Flaps are formed on the guides, and the horizontal support face is the upper side of a plate secured to the frame. The patent also describes a variation of the warehouse system with transport passages, storage spaces, and a connection passage intersecting the transport passages, all equipped with guides and connection elements.

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