Automated Storage and Picking Systems
Automated systems tend to be used by businesses with high range complexity, high picking complexity and relatively small sized products. The items are kept in boxes or trays rather than pallets and sometimes in buildings much higher than a standard warehouse – or partially underground, as height is not limited by maximum fork lift reach height.
Computer systems then optimise the automatic picking mechanisms which either collate the items of an order into a single box or tray, or bring down the relevant box for single item hand picking in a pick and pack area.
Automated systems are nearly always bespoke designed for a manufacturer or distributor’s specific needs and represent significant investments.