As a general contractor, IBG realizes the modernization of a state-of-the-art investigational products storage facility during operation. The four existing fully automatic stacker cranes, shelf pre-zone, buffer storage, and process stations will be modernized and expanded by two more lanes.
Absolute process reliability, fully automated and computer-controlled loading and removal of the test products with a chaotic inventory management and a complete control of all movements in the warehouse are challenges IGB is faced with in developing the system.
Investigational products blister packs in which some the requested investigational products are packaged, get automatically removed from the shelf by an automatic storage and retrieval unit (stacker crane) and transferred to a workpiece carrier transport unit. It feeds the blister pack to the automatic removal unit. The requested compound is removed from the blister pack by a robot, scanned, the cover is automatically removed, and it gets weighed to the nearest milligram. It is made available to the laboratory technician only after that procedure. When the investigational medicinal product gets returned and stored, it is rescanned, the remaining weight is measured and automatically packaged up with a new cover before being placed into a free space in the storage area.