Green Brigades March On

Warehouse operations derive high efficiencies from ASRS solutions.


Westfalia’s “Go Green with High-Density AS/RS’”initiative is all about denser storage configuration that utilizes about 40 percent less space with a smaller building footprint offering numerous benefits, such as lower energy costs. “Typically, it’s about 30 percent lower for refrigerated or frozen warehouses because you are cooling and freezing a smaller space,” Worker says. “It’s cheaper to cool up than it is to cool across a bigger footprint.”

When retrofitting an existing building, Westfalia experts examine a company’s inventory statistics to discover the amount of storage required and what that equates to relative to the number of pallet positions required. “We also look at the company’s throughput rate as well as how quickly they need to get pallets into and out of the system,” continues Worker. “And we examine their order fulfillment practices and whether they are picking full pallets in and full pallets out—or are they doing case picking or each picking. We factor in their estimated future growth plans as well.”

Worker reports that installing an ASRS solution can improve inventory statistics dramatically. “There is less product damage because things are moving through the system more safely. You also have better order fulfillment because these systems produce more accuracy—which equates to better customer service and fewer customer complaints.”

Better fulfillment efficiencies means there are no increased transportation costs. “If you process an order incorrectly, you end up having to do two additional shipments, which relates to extra handling costs and transportation and fuel costs,” she says. Costs associated with handling are reduced because Westfalia’s ASRS high-density designs can place integrated tunnels—for accumulation conveyors and pick tunnels—within the racks. d

 

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