Tag: Automated Distribution Center

AS/RSProductivity

ASRS Equipment Requires Minimal Maintenance, Delivers Maximum Uptime

Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) are often erroneously thought to be “high maintenance” by prospective owners and operators. That’s because they are directed by computer-controlled systems for the automatic storage and retrieval of a broad range of load types, ...
EducationRobotics

Three Ways Robotic Solutions Are Addressing COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges

Although there have been concerns over the years that robots will ultimately replace humans — and take their jobs — in manufacturing, distribution and order fulfillment, their availability during the shutdowns associated with COVID-19 has helped numerous facilities maintain productivity. ...
AS/RSWorkforce

Goods-To-Person ASRS Technologies Address Multiple Labor Challenges

Pre-pandemic, e-commerce fulfillment centers and distribution centers serving a variety of sectors struggled to attract, hire, and retain qualified labor. Even among full-time hires, attendance could be spotty. And, in spite of the unprecedented job losses and furloughs over the ...
EducationSolutions Community

Switching To Automated, Goods-To-Person Fulfillment? Gather Company-Wide Input On Material ...

As more and more retailers seek to expand their e-commerce offerings, many in supply chains are looking to supplement their back-of-store fulfillment operations with more centralized, regional distribution center (DC) fulfillment. Goods-to-person (GTP) automated solutions located in the DC offer ...
AS/RSTechnology

Exploring The Differences Between Vertical Lift Modules And Vertical Carousels

Vertical lift modules (VLMs) and vertical carousels are both computer-controlled, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) that maximize cubic footprint by storing items vertically. Their internal components include trays (also called pans, shelves, or carriers) that are moved up and ...
AS/RSSafety

Safety, Ease Of Use Features Characterize AS/RS Equipment

Offered in a broad range of types and styles to accommodate diverse handling needs, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) provide robotic, automated storage and retrieval of products with minimal human intervention. Regardless of their form factor, these advanced systems ...
Solutions CommunityWorkforce

Ideas For Resolving Warehouse Labor Shortage Issues Shared In MODEX ...

With warehouse labor challenges (attraction, retention, turnover, and more) at the forefront of most distribution center managers’ minds, members of the Solutions Community of MHI offered both tactical and strategic recommendations to attendees of a free, MODEX 2020 on-floor seminar: ...
AS/RSProductivity

Metrics Often Overlooked When Calculating AS/RS ROI Explored In ASRS’ ...

At MODEX 2020, held this past March in Atlanta, members of the ASRS industry group of MHI presented a free, on-floor seminar to attendees. Entitled “How to Calculate AS/RS ROI: Key Metrics That Often Get Overlooked,” the 30-minute session’s slides ...
RoboticsWorkforce

Three Ways To Improve The Human-Robot Working Relationship

Historically, industrial robotic automation used in manufacturing and distribution applications required perimeter guarding and other safety mechanisms to prevent contact between personnel and the robot. Not anymore, however. With advances in sensor technologies and programming interfaces that make it much ...
AS/RSEducation

Evaluating And Selecting An ASRS Explored in MODEX 2020 Education ...

Considering an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) to enhance your facility’s inventory density? If so, consider spending 30 minutes viewing the recording of “Determining What ASRS Solution Is Best For My Application,” a free, on-floor seminar presented at MODEX ...