Automated storage systems cover a large range of conveying systems with integrated data handling and scanning systems. Conveying systems can be from small parcel conveyors to large pallet conveyors, incorporated in mobile racking systems, to help in efficiency and precision of stock movement and control of staff levels.
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are inventory management systems that are widely used in distribution centres and warehouses. AS/RS systems generally consist of machines that move up and down one or multiple parallel storage aisles, storing and retrieving products and materials for dissemination to internal and external destinations alike. The advantages of these systems are numerous. They provide users with increased inventory control and tracking, including greater flexibility to accommodate changing business conditions. Indeed, these systems are comprised of modular subsystems that can be easily replaced to minimize downtime and extend the service life of the overall system. AS/RS systems also reduce labour costs, lowering necessary workforce requirements, increasing workplace safety, and removing personnel from difficult working conditions (such as cold food storage environments). Perhaps most significantly, however, AS/RS systems can produce major savings in inventory storage costs, as vastly improved warehouse space utilization ”both vertically and horizontally” creates greater storage density.
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