What is important

1. The future viability of robot

Usually, a 10-year period is considered in a decision for automation (linear depreciation).

The life expectancy of an APOSTORE robot is significantly higher at 15 to 20 years.

Therefore, one of the most important criteria for choosing a dispensing robot should be its future viability in terms of adaptability, equipment and the reserve capacity for future market changes.

Examples of this are:

  • The ability to adjust the shelving to changing packet sizes.
  • The possibility to convert handling devices for bigger packet weights and sizes.
  • Sufficient storage intake speed at parallel dispensing from stock for increased business in the future.

2. Reliability and security

Another obvious criterion is reliability and security. The basis for this is that the main components are proven to be robust and also designed with backups.

It should also be ensured that

  • the picking system can switch to the component-gentle standby mode.
  • the picking system has sufficient power reserves and does not have to permanently work under full load.
  • the manufacturer gives a parts warranty corresponding with the life expectancy of the machine.

3. Functionality and operability

Ultimately the functionality and operability of the machine drives acceptability by the pharmacy team and whether efficiency objectives can be fully achieved.

The questions to be asked here (for example):

  • Can storage intake take place fluently and continuously or is the process stopped in between to dispense products for customers?
  • Does the storage intake speed match capacity?
  • How are storage intake errors avoided and new product intakes carried out?
  • What range of packets can the picking heads handle and which packets can it take into storage?


  • When selecting an automated picking system it should be ensured that the machine will meet the demands of the future or that it can be equipped or upgraded accordingly. It is essential that the automated picking systems of choice have already experienced such a period and the manufacturers have the appropriate experience.
  • starre Regalierung
    With Vario shelving, the shelves can be changed at any time and adjusted to take new packet sizes.
  • starre Regalierung
    Available storage space is always used optimally.
  • Using two gripper arms
    Using two gripper arms increases the speed during storage intake and dispensing. Either both arms do storage intake or both dispense or the activities are divided between the two arms. Sales counter orders always have priority.
  • Roller intake
    Also with the roller intake the wholesale delivery can be taken into storage while the gripper arm dispenses the sales counter orders.

Efficiency through standby operation

  • Bündelpackung
    Multi-packs can also be taken into storage by the APOSTORE grippers.