Merck - Research substances stored in a controlled environment

Merck KGaA is one of the world’s leading companies in the pharma and chemical industry. The company needed an efficient concept for its new research building in Darmstadt to allow it to store sensitive pharmaceutical substances used in the course of its research. Kardex Remstar’s climate-controlled storage shuttles perfectly meet Merck’s high standards for storage conditions.


  • Three separate storage zones, each with a differently controlled climate
  • Secure storage in both chilled and deep-frozen conditions
  • Maintenance of controlled storage conditions using a redundant system
  • Simple and precise access to items from areas at room temperature


  • Three Shuttle XP units with refrigeration systems
  • A redundant refrigeration unit that takes over in the event of a fault
  • One Shuttle XP unit for each storage zone
  • Drying units to prevent humidity and frost
  • The Shuttle XP units are housed in insulated cells so that items kept under controlled storage conditions can be accessed at room temperature from the laboratory area
  • Integration of laser pointers and position indicators for precise picking

Scope of delivery:

  • Three Shuttle XP 500 units
  • Three refrigeration systems as well as a redundant system
  • Hatches in front of the access openings
  • Drying technology
  • Thermally insulated tray extraction device
  • Laser pointer
  • Power Pick Global with an interface to the host system on the customer side

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