Racks for automated warehouses

Aerial view of one of Lyto’s self-supporting warehouses

From soft drinks to pasta and aggressive environments, Lyto’s produces the best solutions for the construction of automated warehouses.

Lyto’s has devoted more than half a century to design, construction and installation of automated warehouses. “From mechanical components to soft drinks of all kinds, not to mention Italian pasta and furniture elements, without neglecting the weights from 25 to 30,000 kg”, lists Engineer Paolo Bertocco. “We can proudly say that there is no product, which at least once, somewhere in the world, has not been stored on structures specially built by Lyto’s”.

With 53 years of constant presence on the market, Lyto’s strong point is continuous evolution, keeping in step with the times, sometimes even ahead of times. Despite the excellent achievements, the company is always looking for new challenges, consisting in ambitious projects from the technical point of view.

As regards the construction of automated warehouses, Lyto’s products cover the entire market range: from structures for warehouses to self-supporting warehouses, structures for pallets or miniload, in single, double and even multi depth systems, from room temperature to controlled or below zero temperature, with painted or hot-dip galvanised racks, suitable for use in particularly aggressive environments.

Optimal space exploitation with Lyto’s structure for miniload, with capacities up to 500 kg per Load Unit

Specialization and flexibility: the points of strength. Lyto’s projects stand out for their strong specialization in the design, construction and installation of racks for automated warehouses.

“It is our only activity, and this makes us practically unique on the market”, explains Bertocco. “Logically, since we have only one target market (precisely that of automated warehouses), and are highly specialized, we inevitably have to organize ourselves in order to work in this niche market”.

Flexibility is another strong point. Because, being active throughout the world – from Latin America to Asia, and having to face different regulations, traditions and mentalities – is possible only with a flexible organization, capable of adjusting to different local requirements. Lyto’s capacity to daily address different problems deriving from various cultures contributed to the company’s success worldwide.

Safe products, even at great heights. “However, an organization able to work “all over the world” alone is not enough to “be able to work worldwide”. I’m not entirely joking: the product must contribute to this success, too”, continues Bertocco. “Because half a century of continuous growth can only be considered a success”.

The product: cold-formed profiles, without pitch drilling and fix distances that would limit the capacity, allow technical solutions that are otherwise difficult to achieve with drilled profiles available on the market. Furthermore, all Lyto’s structures are welded and not bolted, and this explains why exceptionally high racks, in areas exposed to severe climatic conditions (wind/snow/earthquakes), are possible by choosing one of Lyto’s solutions. The welded structures offer several advantages.

The first is the development in height, overcoming even severe climatic conditions. Not only. Welding carried out during the production cycle in fact allows to monitor 100% of the cycle itself. Because there is a great difference between welding outdoors on site, perhaps in adverse climatic conditions, and welding during production, in an optimal and constant environment, where environmental conditions have no influence on production. A further advantage deriving from having welded structures available during the production cycle means that pre-assembled structures are available on site, to the benefit of speed of installation and quality of the structures.

Loaded racks. The metal structure supports the forces of the load unit and the stress of stacker cranes

Optimized storage capacity. Talking about projects, “it’s easy to understand that Lyto’s range covers all market requests”, states Bertocco. “In 53 years of life, moving from Chile to Taiwan, from Mexico to India, we have successfully faced many technological challenges: self-supporting warehouses for pallets and containers, in simple, double and multiple depth, or structures for miniload. Without forgetting internal racks or warehouses in controlled atmosphere or chilled (-28°C)”.

In self-supporting warehouses, the rack structure supports also the cover, in simple, double and multiple depth, depending on the storage capacity and material flow. Automated warehouses are the vast majority of the company’s solutions, characterized by considerable heights, to maximise the storage capacity, which can be achieved also with Lyto’s special structures.

Thanks to Lyto’s patented friction joint feature, in fact, the structural system doesn’t pose structural constraints that restrict the size of the loading bays, for maximised storage capacity. The same advantage can be reached for miniload structures.  The free use of space in loading bays is very important for the dimensioning of warehouses, irrespective from the type of warehouse. “Organization, experience, product, know-how: these are all assets we offer our customers, so that they can achieve their final result: a magazine that fully meets their needs”, concludes Bertocco.