Providing dense storage that maximizes floor space, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) integrate automated hardware and software for accurate picking and replenishment. These systems automatically locate and deliver the required inventory to a conveyor system, manual outfeed, or an ergonomic operator station. Typical storage applications include order picking, tooling, consolidation, work-in-process, and buffering in ambient, cold, freezer, or clean-room environments…
Conveyors and sortation systems allow for more efficient retail, wholesale, and manufacturing distribution. They are also a labor saving system that allows large volumes or material and/or product to move and be sorted rapidly through a process, allowing companies to ship or receive higher volumes with smaller storage space and with less labor expense.
Palletizing refers to the operation of loading an object such as a corrugated carton on a pallet or a similar device in a defined pattern. Depalletizing refers to the operation of unloading the loaded object in the reverse pattern. Many factories and plants today have automated their application with a palletizing robot solution of some kind. Robotic palletizing technology increases productivity and profitability while allowing for more flexibility to run products for longer periods of time.
Transfer cars are used to divert or merge unit loads between multiple lanes. Common applications include delivering loads to workstations, transferring loads from multiple palletizers to a common stretch wrapper, and layer pick operations. The use of transfer cars as compared to conventional conveyor and transfers reduces the amount of equipment required, reducing the initial investment and maintenance costs