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Layer pickers

Körber’s Layer Picker is the industry standard for both de-palletizing and pallet-to-pallet picking. This fully-automated solution swiftly and accurately picks layers, eliminating your reliance on manual layer pickers.


Layer picking challenges

Warehouses and distribution centers face a range of challenges when it comes to layer picking:

  • Speed of change as more and more product lines need to be picked.
  • Recruiting manual labor for picking, and providing ergonomic working practices, are key challenges.
  • Damaged products caused by manual picking errors can significantly increase costs.

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Layer Picker Solutions

Our layer picker solutions provide standalone supply chain solutions that are tailored for high-performance layer picking in warehouses and distribution centers.

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Automated layer picking for increased efficiency

Using a unique, patented combination of suction and clamping systems, our innovative Layer Picker is built using proven technology. We have installed more than 500 Layer Pickers around the world. Our Layer Picker can automatically build rainbow pallets and improve the working environment in warehouses and distribution centers. It can be deployed in most environments, integrated into your existing warehouse management system, or perform tasks via its own control system within a Layer Picker Solution.

With our Flex-R (Robot), Hoist and Gantry offerings, Körber has a Layer Picker for almost every application. In addition, modular solutions can be tailored to your exact business requirements by adding downstream components, such as: Körber’s Stripper Unit (for slip-sheet removal), Descrambler (to separate items), Box Turner (to rotate items), and our Tray Loader to split layers into single cases.

Having the Körber Layer Picker installed on 3 sites gives Kuehne + Nagel a very flexible setup and has meant a lot of rationalization in the competitive 3PL market. Without the added value from the Layer Picker, this would not have been possible.

John Pelzer,
Technical Manager, Kuehne + Nagel

Key benefits

Product picking performance

In the food retail sector, our Layer Picker can handle up to 98% of all product types with the same Layer Picker head, to simplify your warehouse operations.

Pick multiple layers

This innovative solution can pick a single layer or several layers at once. Plus, it can pick layers with voids and layers with open trays or cases with loose lids.

Suitable in most temperatures

Our versatile material handling equipment operates in temperatures ranging from −28°C to +40°C (−18°F to +104°F).

The Körber difference

Our highly-versatile, tried-and-tested Layer Pickers have proven to be suitable across almost all industry environments.


Efficient use of space with a small footprint

Increased layer picking speed and accuracy

Standardized or modular solutions to suit all requirements

Reduced manual labor and increased profitability

Layer picking in use

Case study - Heinz

Layer pickers automate 90% of dispatched volume

The solution for Kraft Heinz provides greater vehicle loading flexibility and increased throughput

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Kuehne + Nagel (Netherlands)

The company implemented Körber’s groundbreaking automated layer picking equipment at their distribution centers in Raamsdonksveer and Veghel, which led to an “Oscar” for best European distribution platform from the French magazine Le journal de la logistique.

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