Automatic storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) is an automated system for placement and retrieval of loads from a specific location. This system is widely used in manufacturing hubs, distribution centers and warehouses. It can be beneficial where there is high volume movement, storage density has to be high due to space constraints, accuracy is important.
I. Enhances inventory control and tracking
II. Greater flexibility
III. Easily replaceable thus decreased downtime
IV. Reduces labor cost
V. Increases space utilization. Can operate in matrix of storage containers
VI. Removes personnel from difficult working conditions for example in cold storage
I. Skilled technicians and staff
II. No. of Stock keeping units are not large
III. High installation cost requires high investment
Earlier system had limitation of only handling high loads but with time handled loads have become smaller
Example- with rising cost of farm land, increasing efficiency of cold storages has become inevitable. AS/RS can help increase capacity of cold storages by using matrix of storing containers.