Original article by Stephanie Cernivec
According to Bill Daniel, director of business development for ITW Warehouse Automation, Arden, N.C., a sister company of Hartness International, an automated warehouse can be as much as 75 percent smaller than a conventional warehouse. By implementing an AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems), such as ITW Warehouse Automation’s cart-based system, companies can eliminate new capital costs from expanding or building a facility, reach higher capacity, and get higher throughput, enabling them to consolidate multiple distribution centers into one facility, Daniel explains.
In the AS/RS world, typical systems are crane-based, with a crane that goes up and down each aisle in a warehouse, Daniel says. In a cart-based system, a cart is placed on every level, leading to higher throughput and higher density, he adds.