The Innovation Center, based in Chicago, Illinois, features the advanced technology solutions of Daifuku, the world’s leading provider of material handling systems. In addition, the facility is wheelchair accessible, part of our effort towards the realization of a universal design.

About Innovation Center
Building area 5,580 sq. m (60,065 sq. ft)
Building height 7.62m (25 ft)
Operation hours 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (Reservations required)
Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

Facility Outline

Floor Guide

Reception Desk Training Board Room AGV Unit Load AS/RS Mini Load AS/RS Picking Systems Conveyor & Sortation Robotic Depalletizer RTL (U) AGC Parcel Conveyor Interactive Kiosks Interactive Kiosks Interactive Kiosks

Reception Desk

Reception Desk

Whether you are visiting for a tour or for comprehensive training, you will be greeted with a smile by one of our staff.

Training

Training

Our modern multi-media training center offers a traditional classroom setting with hands-on training on our material handling technologies just steps away. The center facilitates everything from our Advanced Technology Training class specifically geared for our Integrator Partners to our internal continued education programs.

Board Room

Board Room

The Board Room is a 30-person executive style meeting room complete with a full-service kitchenette. It overlooks the material handling technologies on display in the Innovation Center.

Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV)

Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV)

Applicable to almost any industry, Daifuku's extensive selection of standard and customized AGVs offer loading and unloading functions for a variety of loads from light to heavy, including steel plates, paper rolls and aluminum coils. Capable of operating using every type of guidance, our wide selection enables us to provide you with the most cost-effective and efficient solution that work around-the-clock to meets your needs.

Unit-Load AS/RS

Unit-Load AS/RS

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) are available in various unit load models. AS/RSs are effective in factories, distribution centers and distribution storage systems in refrigerated, frozen or room temperatures. Experience inventory control operation by integrating Daifuku's Automated Warehouse Controller into your unit load system operations.

Mini Load AS/RS (Shuttle Rack M)

Mini Load AS/RS (Shuttle Rack M)

In the distribution industry, the need for AS/RS with sorting and sequencing functions is increasing; Daifuku's Mini load AS/RS meets these needs while saving labor, energy and footprint. Storing small products and parts in container and cardboard box units, the system can use a single crane to store and retrieve one case at a time, or a twin crane that allows multiple cases to be processed simultaneously, with other diverse specifications available.

Picking Systems

Picking Systems

There are numerous ways to pick depending on product type and picking frequency. During the tour, you will see a variety of picking technologies that can be implemented to improve efficiency and reduce the time and cost associated with your fulfillment process.

Conveyor, Sortation and Structures

Conveyor, Sortation and Structures

A closed integrated loop showcases each of the conveyor and sortation technologies. The Innovation Center is also used to perform proof of concept tests with actual product loads from clients as well as internal R&D purposes.
Several of our custom metal fabrication items such as mezzanines, conveyor support structures, and safety railings are on display in the Innovation Center. We also provide catwalks, safety ladders, stairs and stair towers, and other custom fabricated structures.

Robotic Depalletizer

Robotic Depalletizer

Robotic depallitization products are designed to eliminate injuries, reduce product damage and increase efficiency. We offer full line design and simulation services that utilize the most modern technology and equipment. These systems reduce costs, and deliver exceptional reliability and uptime.

Robotic Truck Loader/Unloader (RTL/U)

Scheduled for installation in the Innovation Center during 2018, the RTL/U is a self-guided, autonomous robotic truck and shipping container unloader. It utilizes advanced perception technology that allows it to sense and acquire products that has been floor loaded within semi-truck trailers or ocean freight container.

Automatic Guided Carts (AGC)

Automatic Guided Carts (AGC)

Along with AGVs, Daifuku provides cost-effective AGCs that offer the optimal flexibility for moving materials and parts around your facility. Daifuku's SmartCart® AGC is a customizable, flexible and cost-effective transport solution guided by magnetic tape, providing quick installation and modification of the guide path. SmartCart AGCs are ideal for moving products on an assembly line or transporting goods throughout a plant or warehouse. Because they're automatic and durable, SmartCarts provide reliable and consistent point-to-point movement of everything from small parts up to heavy pallets.

Parcel Conveyor

Parcel Conveyor

Designed to meet rigorous FedEx specifications, our Heavy Duty Parcel conveyor is rugged and dependable.

Interactive Kiosks

Interactive Kiosks

Interactive kiosks provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about product applications by viewing videos, rendered engineering drawings, and specification sheets for each of the technologies in the Innovation Center.

Directions

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Approximately 3 minutes north of the I-55 Weber Road Exit
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1325 Rodeo Dr, Bolingbrook, IL 60490