AS/RS or Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems
ASRS are amongst the hottest areas in warehouse robots. Distribution Centres worldwide are installing them at a pace. They offer massive labour savings as well as greatly improved storage density and stock accuracy.
An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS or ASRS) consists of a variety of computer-controlled systems for automatically placing and retrieving loads from defined storage locations. Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) are typically used in applications where:
- There is a very high volume of loads being moved into and out of storage
- Storage density is important because of space or cost constraints
- Stock is of higher value (as theft is more difficult in an ASRS)
- No value is added in this process (no processing, only storage and transport)
- Accuracy is critical because of potential expensive damages to the load
An effective automated storage and retrieval system provides several benefits for supply chain management.
An efficient ASRS system helps companies cut expenses by minimizing the number of unnecessary parts and products in storage and improving organization of the contents of a warehouse. Due to automated processes, it also allows for more storage space due to high-density storage and narrower aisles.
Automation reduces labour costs while lowering workforce requirements and increasing safety.
Modelling and managing the logical representation of the physical storage facilities. If certain products are often sold together or are more popular than others, those products can be grouped together or placed near the delivery area to speed up the process of picking, packing and shipping to customers.
Enabling a seamless link to order processing and logistics management to pick, pack, and ship product out of the facility.
Tracking where products are stocked, which suppliers they come from, and the length of time they are stored. By analysing such data, companies can control inventory levels and maximize the use of warehouse space. Furthermore, companies are more prepared for the demands and supplies of the market, especially during special circumstances such as a peak season. Through reports generated by an ASRS system, companies are also able to gather important data that may be put in a model for it to be analysed.