An Automated Storage and Retrieval System for Pallets (AS/RS), or as we call in Brazil “STACKER CRANE”, is an extremely robust solution, in which vertical storage systems are used where automatically controlled vehicles with one or two masts perform the transport and storage of one or two pallets simultaneously.
Storage systems with Stacker Crane are widely used in the Industry, in Distribution Centers, Logistics Operators, and in other market segments, even in cold or frozen environments. These systems can reach up to 43 meters high, optimizing the use of available space and pallet storage.
The metallic storage structure can be self-supporting or inside an industrial unit. As self-supporting the structure itself is used as foundation for construction of the building and its covering. Now as internal structure of an industrial unit, this is installed inside an existing building.
The immediate benefits achieved with the installation of an automated storage and retrieval system are:
- Optimization of available storage spaces;
- Reduction of direct operating costs;
- Reduction of need of operators, pallet trucks, forklifts, computer system facilities, collectors and the like;
- Reduction in lighting and energy consumption costs;
- Reduction of investment in building construction, land acquisition and, consequently, reduction of expenses on municipal taxes (property tax);
- Increase in productivity, with reduction of operation costs, time and handling;
- Decrease of incidental errors, deviations and damages on goods;
- Integration and continuity of the supply chain from the total view of the processes;
- Absence of interruptions between flows and real-time management;
- Safe operation, high availability and low maintenance.
- High performance in difficult environments as well, as in the case of cold storage warehouses, handling of chemical products, etc;
- Rigorous real-time stock control;
- Permanent inventory control, thus allowing for better management of stocks and FIFO, FEFO and BATCH processes;
- Complete control of the efficacy levels of equipment involved through the Supervisory System.