Pioneers of Storing Technology Present a Bundle of Creative Measures

storemaster® ’s Innovative Conception for Forward-Thinking Intralogistics

It is obvious that an efficient production must be accompanied by an adequate material flow. In view of this target storemaster®, as a medium-sized enterprise and disposing of years of experience in this sector, still goes on developing new handling and storing systems. The daily challenges of manufacturing industry and resellers are thoroughly elaborated and integrated in sophisticated solutions. Sheet types and quantities to be kept in stock, frequency of access necessary, lot sizes, handling of the goods, assignment to machines and process cycles – all these parameters are taken into consideration. In each single case, the structure of the site, transport and handling equipment available, data processing, investment intended and economical perspectives of the client are analyzed and furnish the basis of the draft. The powerful sheet storage system this way configured ranges between simple modern racks and highly automatized solutions for material distribution. The entire sequence of steps in material flow may be comprised, from goods receipt of raw material up to dispatching of the final products. The decision concerning the most convenient design of a particular solution is made after responsible weighing of all criteria for a sheet or bar storage system, with adapting initial data to functions and requirements of the production sector concerned.

Comprehensive competence is concentrated in one hand:

Highly Flexible and Cost-Effective: Rack Systems Meeting Current Requirements of Storage Logistics

Standard racks for sheet stacks, placed on wood pallets and combined with drawer racks, used to be a widespread arrangement in storage technology. The possibility of giving up wood pallets did not yet exist. Together with other innovative solutions for storage of long goods, storemaster® in the year of 1998 introduced sheet storage systems able to do completely without these unpractical wood pallets. Sheet Storage-Drawer Rack Systems are such an innovative approach, with an achievable storage density of 75 mm, allowing insertion of complete sheet stacks after de-palletizing, and to be filled by a loading crosshead. By means of the integrated Sheet Removal Device of a MasterTower, it is possible to take out individual sheets from 20 to 80 available drawers, and to transport them within only one minute to the machine assigned, even by one man handling. In this kind of compact station, the particular storage tower may comprise up to 25 drawers reserved for special sheets and Residual Sheets, intended for Single Sheet Loading. Drawers for sheet stacks of up to 3 t may still be operated manually, whereas items for a carrying capacity of up to 10 t are always coupled to Electric Drives. The latter option may also be part of Automatic Operation.

MasterTower 1-Mann Blechlager System

Efficient Comprehensive Configurations – from Sheet Rack System up to Storage Tower Solutions for Increased Capacities in Material Flow

ShuttleTower mit Stapler

Sometimes in a rack system only a restricted number of sheet types frequently needed by the machine, can be stored. In these cases, it is possible to switch to Sheet Storage Tower Systems with Cassette-Flats acting as load carriers. The stack in question is taken out by a fork lift and transported to the machine, so thanks to modern storing technology, the number of sheet types available for sporadic processing is theoretically unlimited. The storage density in a Sheet Storage Cassette Tower can be increased to up to 150 mm per compartment, very close to the density to be achieved in Drawer – Rack systems. A sheet handling unit may be integrated as well. As rational storing with optimal space utilization belongs to basic tasks in metal working industry, cassette towers represent an excellent solution with respect to production economy, particularly because they significantly improve the infrastructure for handling, commissioning and distribution. The entire process speeds up, since a nearly unlimited number of material types in permanent exchange, remains available ready for use at the machine – supply just-in-time.

Two Systems in One: storemaster® Sheet Storage Exchange – Cassettes

After Drawer Rack Systems and Storage Towers for Sheet Storage Cassette Flats, storemaster® presented the next innovation by combining these two systems. In these units, drawers are replaced by exchange carts to accommodate cassette flats. This configuration provides temporary buffer capacities to the machine in form of a certain number of sheet types, just until an exchange by stacker for following tasks can be performed. The sheet storage exchange cassette system can be used also for autonomous removal of single sheets. Apart from stacker transport, lifting of the cassette flats by crane, supported by a special Load Cross Bar, is possible as well.

ShuttleMaster ST Master Tower mit Gabelstapler (Clean)

Universal Sheet Storage Exchange Pallet as Targeted Complement to a Modern Rack System

ShuttleMaster Wechselsystem mit euroFlat Tower Top beladung

If the procedure of on-site de-palletizing is deemed to be impractical, a universal Sheet Storage Exchange Pallet may be advantageous. Empty and charged euroFlats are mutually exchanged in a permanent run, dispensing with the need for one-way wood pallets. This progressive alternative load carrier, far beyond the standard criteria of a cassette flat, meets the requirements of the sheet cycle, including applicability within any sheet processing machine irrespectively of its trademark. Even though their storage density is slightly reduced, this equipment offers benefits due to its price. The range of applications mentioned above, from exchange system to autonomous sheet removal, is available as well.

In modern storage systems for sheets, these additional assisting elements may be considered as meaningful accessories to the rack system itself, like de-palletizers, transport carts, disposal of residual grates, etc.

The ultimate solution consists in fully automated robot supported units for supply and removal of sheets, whether in form of Isolated Applications, or for supply of a selectable number of sheets to machines in Serial Configurations.

Blauer Engel Siegel - euroFlat
Blauer Engel Siegel - euroFlat Link

Storage of Long Goods for Compartment Filling Organization of Multiple Sizes and Quantities

When storing long goods like bars, rods or rolls, a configuration with minimum space consumption is not easy to obtain. Besides the sheet rack modules described above, a particular version of the drawer rack systems has been developed, appropriate for any storing period of both raw material and final products. Thanks to an upgradable design and sophisticated structure, highest flexibility of drawer assemblies is ensured, thus offering valuable assistance when storage capacities in spite of restricted space have to be increased. The size of goods to be warehoused is nearly unlimited. Receptacle prisms for rolls are available too, precisely to be adapted to objects to be taken into consideration. In depth, the drawers can be subdivided into compartments by means of separating mandrels, so that also smaller quantities of rods, profiles and tubes can be inserted in a wide variety of types. Many metal processing companies often are in need of storing equipment convenient for semi-finished products in small lot sizes. storemaster® is able to present a corresponding solution for static or dynamical rack storing with optimized constructive form and practice-oriented handling. This enables users to implement infinite storage levels with organization of filled compartments, to be used for long goods in any length and size.

TwenTower Langgut Schublade (3)

Long Goods Prepared for Crane Transport within 5 Seconds in One Go

A Shelf System Designed for Dead Easy Operation

ArmStrong swingout Langgut (4)

For enterprises handling a large number of rod material types, the long good shelf system TwenTower LG, offered by storemaster already for many years, represents the optimum solution. From now on, the recently developed model ArmStrong Swingout is available on the markets as well. This economically and ergonomically optimized shelf system features cantilevers and has been tailored for clients storing rods or other long goods of medium type variety at any bundle size. It enables products with a weight of several tons quickly to be made available to crane transport in one go, in quadrant under manual control without any effort.


Thanks to its extreme flexibility, it is adapted to changing operational processes in less than no time. The scope of application of this DGBM patented shelf type can furthermore be increased by sophisticated accessories like separating mandrels (for creation of individual compartments), troughs and grate type covers. Another benefit is its limited space requirement, as only narrow passages between the shelf lines are necessary. All these properties form a most efficient unique solution for any company dealing with long goods.


Erwin Halder KG