AS/RS SYSTEMS – Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems
UNIT LOAD AS/RS SYSTEMS
Automated storage and retrieval systems, usually referred to as AS/RS systems are computer controlled systems for storing and retrieving products in warehouses. These AS/RS systems require the use of virtually no manual labor.
Unit-Load AS/RS systems are bigger systems that typically store pallet loads. Smaller systems which are commonly called mini-load AS/RS allow selection of items in totes, trays or cartons.
AS/RS systems are configured with pallet rack laid out with narrow aisles between. A crane with a tall mast travels through the aisle and moves vertically and horizontally to storage picking positions. When the AS/RS system crane reaches the storage location, a carriage travels up the mast to the picking spot. An automatic mechanism then reaches into the storage location to retrieve or return the pallet load.
The Unit-Load AS/RS systems are designed for larger loads which are pallets or pallet-sized loads. Some systems are over 100 feet tall. Whatever the application, UNARCO’s system engineering can design an AS/RS application to maximize pallet storage.
The benefits of a fixed aisle system such as AS/RS are the decreased space required and the reduced labor needed to store and retrieve materials efficiently. AS/RS systems can also be installed in harsh environments that can create hazardous conditions for workers such as freezers. Because of the computer technology involved AS/RS can create a very accurate form of inventory control with only a few employees on-site.
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ExASRS is a Microsoft Excel-based software tool that determines the dimensions of a Unit-Load AS/RS.
To find out if an AS/RS system is right for your distribution center or warehouse visit Is AS/RS Right for Me?, or How AS/RS Works. View photos of AS/RS Systems in the UNARCO AS/RS Systems Photo Gallery.