Is an AUTOMATED STORAGE & RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS right for your distribution needs?
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, AS/RS Systems are a very sophisticated material handling systems that do not make sense for every warehouse storage application. In order for an automated system to fulfill your distribution needs, examine the rate and storage capacity at which warehouse inventory turns.
After examining product inventory size, storage methods and defining loads you will need to examine how material is currently picked and how accurate your pick rate is. To what degree is your warehouse storage currently automated?
Automated Storage will lend itself to material handling operations with redundancy and rapid picks. If your operation only selects loads a few times a day, automated storage is not the answer to your system needs.
If you struggle with decreasing order picking accuracy and high labor costs then an automated storage and retrieval system might be the answer to your material handling needs. An automated storage and retrieval system can provide controlled access to valuable inventory, increased accuracy and reduced labor costs as intelligence is based on computers and less on human function.
Examine product and warehouse condition – A great application for an automated storage system is heavy material or product that is stored in harsh environments such as freezers. Warehouses with risk to workers will show tremendous increases in productivity with fewer worker’s compensation claims.
Software and computer technology will allow for continuous improvement in an AS/RS application and may even offer a competitive advantage. Let technology locate the product and bring it to the worker.
In order for an AS/RS system to become the right choice, you will need to make sure that there is a positive impact on the bottom line. High throughput and improved inventory accuracy can easily make this decision a slam dunk to improve profitability. Product can get in and out of the warehouse faster and this will lower the cost of each pick.