It’s all about space efficiency
Most warehouses are just a waste of space. While stacking goods on racks and shelves may be the easiest solution for your storage needs the “good old-fashioned way” also leaves up to 70% of the warehouse’s potential storage capacity unused.
Even today’s automated storage systems don’t address the biggest drawback of warehousing: namely, a total lack of space efficiency. In fact, the average warehouse allocates three times more floor space to walkways, shelves and fork lifts than to the actual goods.
In other words, in order to get more out of your warehouse you need to get more into it.
It’s time to see your warehouse with new eyes. How much more could you store in the same space? Or how much space could you reassign for other purposes without having to reduce the amount of stored goods?
Realizing the hidden potential of your existing warehouse is the first step to monetizing the storage area.
Filled to the rim
One of the “myths” of warehousing states that all goods must be directly accessible all the time. This leads to a situation where all goods are surrounded by empty space in order to allow direct access by fork lifts or personnel. Even traditional automated picking systems need direct access to every single item because they are not capable of shuffling goods around.
While making goods inaccessible does not seem to be an obvious step to more efficiency it does allow the closer stacking of goods. And since in real world scenarios some goods have a faster turnover than others the penalty for indirect access is neglectable as long as the sorting order reflect the access frequency.
The perfect storage system deflates your warehouse by packing goods tighter – without compromising access speed.
A system that fits
Until now building warehouses provided serious challenges. Repurposing existing buildings was quicker and more cost effective concerning the actual building structure, but not all architectures are equally suited to be turned into storage facilities. Therefore, building new warehouses from scratch was often the only – though very costly – alternative.
In addition, efficient storage requires a set-up area with a minimum of obstacles, ideally on one single plane. And if that wasn’t enough the overall design of the warehouse needs to take existing and future workflows into consideration.
The perfect warehouse system is so flexible that can be adjusted to existing surroundings and workflows. It uses the existing space fully and can be built around obstacles can even span multiple levels.
Build with expansion in sight
Despite of all the daily bustle warehouses are rather static systems. Once properly installed adjusting or simply expanding the storage space is a major task that will disturb or even halt operations for months.
The same applies to picking capacity of the system. Speeding up existing routines is not as easy as hiring additional personnel or buying more fork lifts.
This presents operators with a dilemma: do they tie-up capital by building a larger-than-necessary system in hope of future growth or do they play it safe and build a suitable system, risking costly expansion further down the road?
The perfect warehouse system grows with its tasks. It can easily be expanded without interfering with ongoing operations and the handling capacity can quickly be scaled up or down.
All you need is AutoStore – the efficient warehouse system
AutoStore is the warehouse system that adapts to your needs. It happily fits into existing buildings making the most out of the available floor space. And if your demands grow, so does AutoStore.
AutoStore doesn’t need space between goods, because all goods are accesses from the top. With all goods being stored on top of each other in standardized Bins there’s no space being wasted between items. This has a double advantage: You can increase the storage capacity by up to 150% without needing more space. Or you could decrease your storage area by up to 60% without sacrificing storage capacity. Either way you win!
When it comes to surroundings AutoStore is uniquely efficient. A flat foundation is all that is necessary to install the system. You don’t even have to worry about obstacles such as walls, columns or even different floor levels. AutoStore uses the floor space that is available and omits the rest. There’s a single columns right in the middle of the storage area? Not a problem. AutoStore can simply be built around it.
Growth is not a linear process. During season specials and sales make it clear that the demand for storage capacity and handling speed can change rapidly. Often from one day to the other. Because AutoStore is fully scalable, both concerning storage capacity as well as speed, the system can quickly be adjusted to handle changing needs. Picking speed can be increased easily by adding new Robots or additional Ports, and the storage capacity can even be extended while the system is running.
AutoStore efficiency in a nutshell
• Fits all existing building structures. No alterations necessary.
• Best goods/m3 ration in the industry
• Up to 150% increase in storage capacity
• Up to 60% decrease in floor space
• Scalable during full operation
• Fully adjustable to existing workflows