What is an automated storage and retrieval system?
An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) is an industrial storage system designed to automatically place and retrieve loads from specific storage locations using computer-controlled methods. They are generally used in applications where large amounts of inventory are moved into and out of a manufacturing or distribution center. Most systems operate in a fully automated mode, with little or no human or fork truck involvement in the process. Automated storage and retrieval system solutions consist of many varying pieces of equipment. These may include but are not limited to pallet racking, shelving, vertical or horizontal carousels, conveyors, and storage retrieval machines (S/RM).
Why use an AS/RS?
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems are a great solution to hold and buffer the flow of material moving to the ultimate end user. ASRS are typically used in applications where high volumes of loads are being moved in and out of storage, in a space where storage density is important due to space constraints.