A responsible choice
Can workflows be both ecological and economical? When it comes to warehousing the answer is a resounding yes!
Too many of today’s warehouses are too wasteful with the existing resources. Yes, storing goods in a large depot can be easy enough, but it is by no means the most economical way of storage. In fact, the smaller the amount of automation in a warehouse, the bigger the requirement for energy, land and maintenance.
Simply put, storing goods in an outdated system has a whole range of costly drawbacks: from sky high energy bills to inefficient space usage and unnecessary product waste because of improper handling.
A lesson in sustainability
There is an untapped potential in every warehouse that needs to be unlocked! Choosing a “green product” is not mainly a method of silencing the ecological conscience, it is first and foremost a way of increasing the bottom line. Reduced costs for electricity, storage and general operation are tangible advantages that make the green choice the right choice.
Optimizing power consumption
It seems only logical that a bigger warehouse should use more energy than a small one. After all, larger spaces need more lighting, more heating, and the the overall energy consumption increases with the amount of goods that are being handled.
While even the most advanced storage systems do not work without energy there are large savings to be made. In fact, the level of automation is inversely proportional to the energy use of the installation, making it even more necessary to make the step to a fully automated system.
The perfect storage system uses less power to do more. It is so energy-efficient that it can be powered from a standard power plug.
Reducing the footprint
Storage needs space, and finding the right balance between cheap building ground and good transport connections can often be a challenging task. Even extending existing storage can be a problem: Is it better to build an additional storage and transport goods between buildings or should the whole storage be moved to a new location?
Either way, additional storage will lead to an increased overhead. Additional or longer transport routes mean higher freight costs. Spatially divided storage centers may require upgrading the existing transport fleet. Not to mention the costs for personnel, electricity and building maintenance.
The perfect warehouse system grows without increasing the running costs. It reduces the environmental impact to an area while cutting expenses at the same time.
Where people work mistakes will happen. Handling thousands of goods every single day will inevitably lead to accidents and damaged goods. The bigger the warehouse, the higher the number of products that get destroyed because of wrong handling.
To avoid excessive product damage items have to be wrapped, which not only creates huge amounts of waste material, it also means additional steps in the workflow, since the wrapping material constantly has to be applied, removed and reapplied.
Manual picking is also an error prone-process. Every item that is picked incorrectly binds and uses resources and creates unnecessary costs for transport, return and error handling.
The perfect warehouse system makes an end to waste. It cuts costs by using the available resources in a responsible and economic way.
All you need is AutoStore – the “green” warehouse system
AutoStore is the warehouse system that not only protects your investment but also the environment. With its high level of automation AutoStore saves energy around the clock and in every part of the workflow. Because the AutoStore control system optimizes the Robots’ paths no energy is wasted for unnecessary detours.
With AutoStore the electricity costs can be cut back dramatically: Not only is the system up to 60% more space efficient than manual warehouses, lighting and cooling/heating can be restricted to the picking area. And the system even regenerates energy as it works. Every time an AutoStore Robot brakes or lowers a Bin the regenerated energy is used to charge its batteries.
When it comes to space-to-storage-ratio AutoStore has one of the smallest footprints in the industry. This means, it not only needs less space when building a new warehouse, it can also use the existing facilities longer.
Finally, AutoStore reduces product damage because the Robots always handle the goods with the highest precision and care. Additional wrapping for individual products or whole pallets isn’t necessary, reducing greatly the amount of plastic waste.
It’s high time to stop operating in the red and go green!
AutoStore ecology and economy in a nutshell
• Regenerates energy during operation
• Can be powered from standard power plugs
• Has half the footprint of standard warehouses
• Minimizes the need for packing material
• Reduces product waste
• Reduces electricity consumption and heating costs