Automated storage and retrieval systems, sometimes known as ASRS or AS/RS, are made of a variation of computer-controlled systems that automatically place and retrieve loads from set storage locations in a facility with precision, accuracy and speed.
An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) is a combination of equipment and controls that handle, store and retrieve materials as needed with precision, accuracy and speed under a defined degree of automation. Systems vary from smaller automated systems to larger computer controlled storage/retrieval systems totally integrated into a manufacturing and/or distribution process.
Generically speaking, AS/RS refers to a variety of computer-controlled methods for automatically depositing and retrieving loads to and from defined storage locations. Within an AS/RS environment one would find one or more of the following technologies:
Automated storage and retrieval systems are used in a variety of areas to support processing and picking throughout a facility:
Automated storage and retrieval systems provide a variety of benefits:
Automated storage and retrieval systems are used in a variety of industries, including:
Read more about how automated storage and retrieval systems are used in different industries and applications. Additional case studies can be found here.