Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (ASRS)

An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) refers to a variety of computer-controlled methods for automatically depositing and retrieving loads to and from defined storage locations within manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments. They are compact machines that utilise the unused high level space of a plant or warehouse for the storage of products. Items can be placed in specific locations either on pallets, trays or hanging from bars and can be accessed very easily. They are used to automatically to retrieve and put away products and can operate within a very narrow high space.

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Knapp wins major contract with Arvato for Douglas

Knapp wins major contract with Arvato for Douglas

Global service provider, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, has awarded the contract for logistics automation at its new DC in Hamm, near Dortmund, to Knapp AG. The facility will triple Arvato's logistics capacity for its customer and European beauty platform, Douglas.

Looking forward to an innovative new retail year

Looking forward to an innovative new retail year

Edward Hutchison, Managing Director of BITO Storage Systems, applauds the UK Retail Sector for meeting 2020’s challenges and looks forward to supporting it through innovative intralogistics installations in 2021.

Retailers innovate to survive – but never more so than now, as the sector was challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout 2020 and into 2021.

Jungheinrich's automated solution for the BLG Logistics Group

Jungheinrich's automated solution for the BLG Logistics Group

The BLG Logistics Group is investing in an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system from Jungheinrich at its Bremen site. Two ERC 213a automated trucks will take over the supply and disposal of materials for a coating line in the Bremen logistics centre.....

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

In the wake of COVID-19, an increasing number of logistics professionals are considering new automation technologies in warehouses to improve efficiency and respond to market demands. However, improving control of existing systems is just as important. Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial automation specialist Beckhoff UK, looks at technologies, old and new, that are driving warehouse efficiency.

Ted Baker relies on BS Handling Systems to increase productivity with automation

Ted Baker relies on BS Handling Systems to increase productivity with automation

BS Handling Systems has increased throughput and productivity for Ted Baker by automating order processing at its warehouse in Derby.

Atomic Austria relies on automation from Jungheinrich

Atomic Austria relies on automation from Jungheinrich

Atomic Austria, the ski equipment manufacturer and global corporation that is part of the Finnish Amer-Sports Group, has expanded its distribution warehouse in Altenmarkt, Austria, with Jungheinrich, by adding an automated high-bay warehouse for cartons, investing €20 million in the project.

Logistics, storage & distribution: Decreasing isolation to increase engagement and productivity

Logistics, storage & distribution: Decreasing isolation to increase engagement and productivity

By James Scott, founder and chief executive of Thrive.App.

If there’s been any industry hit particularly hard by the circumstances of 2020, it’s been the logistics, storage, and distribution industry. But it’s not for the same reasons that a lot of businesses have struggled — in fact, quite the opposite.

Safety is too important to rely on ‘off the shelf’ products. When sourcing safety solutions, consultation is key

Safety is too important to rely on ‘off the shelf’ products. When sourcing safety solutions, consultation is key

The boom in online retail in recent years has undoubtedly boosted warehouse and logistics operation in the UK while the circumstances of 2020 continue to fuel further growth within the industry as consumers steer clear of the high street; opting instead for online shopping and delivery.

Time to send in the robots

Time to send in the robots

New use cases for robotics are being identified almost daily. The rapid growth of ecommerce, fuelled in part by necessity from Covid-19 lockdowns, has meant that for many organisations, the requirements for staff and goods is growing at a rate too fast to meet demand – the need for automation is now greater than ever.

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Sunlight was supposed to be the answer to COVID-19. However, fully automated warehouses that no longer need lighting or heating are helping to keep supply lines open during the pandemic. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, explains why retailers and distributors are investing heavily in fully automated distribution centres.

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