Modern innovations and technologies have revolutionized the way a factory operates. Labor intensive manual processes have given way to automated ones with minimal or no human intervention. Computer controlled automation systems are part of each value addition area of the entire production chain, so are the various applications based software for managing them, resulting in higher production level at faster speeds with lower costs in a modern factory.
Warehouse or storage is one area of a factory where automation and technology have had relatively late and moderate entry. However, given the scope of applications and the projected value addition it can make in the entire production chain, there has been spurt in the use of automated systems and technologies.
Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is one such essential part of a modern warehouse. Primarily, ASRS comprises of storage racks, storage and retrieval equipment and warehouse management system (WMS) that is a software application. Advancing from the conventional storage and retrieval equipment in a warehouse like AGVs, ASRS system is programmed to operate according to the load dimensions and speed of delivery for a particular load type. ASRS sends information related to the load movement to the Warehouse Management Systems which processes the data and guide automated warehouse control systems (WCS) that maneuver other warehouse equipment in tandem.
Conventional material handling systems involves manpower or small machinery to move and store the products in a warehouse using pallets which are stored using a single or double deep rack. This method is extremely tedious as it requires a large amount of data to be maintained manually about the location and the quantity of the products stored. A large investment in the resource is required to maintain the conventional material handling system; also it requires a large amount of time which leads to slow process chain in warehouse.
Advantages over conventional systems:
Factory owners are fast adopting ASRS for their warehouses. But, if you are setting up a new factory for your business, integrating ASRS in the warehouse can be actually a much beneficial and prudent decision, as you can reap benefits of cost effectiveness ease of integration better than retrofitting ASRS to an existing warehouse set up.
Benefits to the entire supply chain management in the new factory:
Daifuku, one of the largest global material handling solution providers for factory automation as well as warehouses and distribution centers, offers the best selling range of ASRS that delivers the speed and efficiency required for today's supply chain management (SCM) environment. Daifuku ASRS line includes the best selling Unit-load for pallet-size loads, automated warehouse system constructed as buildings, high speed mini-load, and vehicle type mini-load for smaller items stored in totes or cases. Daifuku ASRS fits your specific load profile and weight, building dimensions, and operating environment. All systems feature high-quality drives for fast, smooth, and reliable performance.
Daifuku’s local intelligent network control system ensures comprehensive solution: from front-end controls to full-scale inventory management computer systems. The fast and efficient high-speed ASRS reduces cycle time and reduces energy costs by using low electricity and regenerating power. For more details visit www.daifuku.com/in
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