Flexible Storage Solutions

PAS Americas is rethinking warehouse automation with a new line of solutions.


PAS Americas is rethinking warehouse automation with a new line of solutions.

By Katherine Doherty

PAS Americas is a new material handling company backed by years of experience. Based in Rolling Meadows, IL, PAS designs high-density automated and semi-automated storage systems.

The company was formed this past June when Power Automation Systems, a California-based engineering company that specializes in automated storage and retrieval systems, formed a joint venture with Konstant Inc., Rolling Meadows, IL, a racking systems specialist that has been manufacturing the Pallet Runner for the last 10 years.

“PAS Americas is manufacturing and marketing a full line of automated and semi-automated equipment that’s unique to the marketplace,” says Steve Dale, sales manager for Pallet Runner.

“These solutions are effective alternatives to the traditionally offered AS/RS, and they are highly flexible—we can work around obstacles in a facility. They are designed in modules and offer adaptability in layout and configuration, simple control systems and easy maintenance, the ability to add capacity as needed and increase throughput performance.

“That’s been one of the huge advantages of the Pallet Runner,” adds Dale. In addition to the Pallet Runner, the company now offers PowerStor for automated pallet storage and retrieval, PowerBuild for automated layer picking and PowerStage for automated transportation and order staging.

The Pallet Runner system is a high-density semi-automated storage system that enables the storage of multiple pallets in a deep lane configuration. The system enables pallets to be retrieved from any lane with multiple SKU locations. It can be used with an existing lift truck fleet and can be installed in any number of configurations to fit a facility’s structure.

Pallet Runner is suitable for a number of applications, including case picking, first-in first out (FIFO) and last-in first out (LIFO), as well as any picking system maintaining the 80/20 rule (20 percent of SKUs represent 80 percent of volume).

Plus, it is ideal for freezer applications.

PowerStor is a pallet handling system that provides the capability for the rapid staging and storing of large quantities of any size pallet in a small space. The system runs on vertical lifts, as opposed to cranes, making it less expensive and more flexible than a crane system. Features include:

  • Easily configurable—handles any number of levels; any number of pallets in a row—short or long—can be different on each side of the aisle;
  • Provides unparalleled cube utilization;
  • Unlimited throughput capabilities;
  • Simple to operate—redundancy of components prevents any downtime that impacts business operations
  • It can work in a low-ceiling facility or buildings that have stepped, curved or sloped ceilings.

PowerBuild is a high-speed mixed palletizing system that can produce up to 12 different pallets/orders simultaneously and fulfill customer-specific orders. The system consists of a palletizing robot fixed to a rail-driven cart. Like the PowerStor, the system is flexible in layout and configuration options. PowerStage, which works in conjunction with PowerStor and PowerBuild, is a flexible, high speed pallet staging system.

To run these systems, PAS offers PASWare, a custom-built software program that can be easily integrated into any existing warehouse management systems as well as legacy systems.

Dale points out that not only are these solutions economically sensible, but environmentally sound as well. “Our solutions help our clients to reduce labor costs, operating costs and emissions, as well as enable them to operate a more environmentally-friendly company.”

After multiple installations within Europe, PAS-Americas is now embarking on its first North American installation to commence in early 2011.

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