Get Vertical with Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)

by Prime Robotics
May 25, 2023

Goods-to-person pallet shuttles optimize warehouse space.

Maximizing warehouse space is crucial for distributors, 3PL operators, and fulfillment centers facing high industrial real estate costs. As warehouse rental prices continue to rise, organizations must consider how to utilize their space effectively. 

High-density storage solutions for pallets have been around since the 1950s. However, these systems were historically costly and relied on manually operated cranes to store and retrieve goods. Today, automated storage and retrieval systems (AR/RS) come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and applications—for both small and large warehouse operations. There are at least eight types of AS/RS, including carousels, unit-load, mini-load, and vertical lift modules. AS/RS handle cartons, totes, and pallets, depending on the payload capacity and use case. 

AS/RS optimize warehouse space by building pallets vertically. AS/RS that employ an autonomous mobile robot (AMR), or autonomous shuttle, to transport heavy cases and navigate racking in three dimensions are ideal for pallet handling. For instance, Prime’s autonomous shuttle, RackBot, effortlessly moves up to 3,000 lb. pallets and charts the most efficient path for put away and storage. RackBot is powered by advanced software that integrates the AS/RS with floor-bound pallet-moving robots. This enables efficient buffering and sequencing to further optimize space on pallets for storage. 

Prime Robotics provides flexible and scalable high-density storage solutions for any warehouse environment. By leveraging vertical storage and efficient goods-to-person automation solutions, warehouses maximize their space and operational efficiency—all without needing to expand their footprint. 

Contact us to schedule your workflow assessment and learn how Prime’s high-density storage solutions and AMRs can optimize your warehouse operations. 

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