AS/RS systems from Muratec - Invest in your Future
LONG-TERM OPERATIONAL BENEFITS OF AGVS
- System flexibility. AGV systems are modular by nature, and they are available with multiple types of navigation technology. This allows facilities to start with a small number of vehicles and systematically scale up as needed. AGVs can be easily integrated into both new and existing facilities, and they support a high level of reconfiguration as operations grow and change.
- Space savings. Depending on the type of AGV, vehicles can interface directly with other systems, maneuver in tight spaces and underneath or around other equipment, and perform in close proximity to people. This flexibility saves businesses money through space optimization and the ability to create unique transportation routes.
- Protection against the skilled labor shortage. The skills gap hurts industrial productivity and profit margins, and there’s no sign of it letting up. AGV systems reduce the overall volume of workers needed. They also transport hazardous materials and work in demanding, harsh environments, freeing people to work in more favorable settings.
AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES, commonly referred to as AGVs or self-guided vehicles, perform key roles in inbound and outbound handling. Warehouses and distribution centers use them to move inventory from receiving to storage, and from long-term storage to picking and shipping areas. Available in many different sizes, types, and navigation options, AGV solutions are ready for nearly every inventory type, regardless of dimensions, weights, and temperatures: Pallet transport AGVs, also known as fork-style AGVs, operate as driverless forklifts, freeing employees from repetitive tasks and reducing product damage. Case or tote transport AGVs are ideal for carrying lighter loads between processes and to and from pick stations, improving productivity and increasing throughput capacity. Cold storage AGVs transport materials in chilled or refrigerated environments, allowing employees to spend less time working in uncomfortably low temperatures. AGVs possess a few key advantages over other conveyance solutions. They use less space than conveyors, are energy efficient, can be changed or reprogrammed to different routes as your business changes, and include safety features for better ergonomics and hazard reduction. Muratec AGVs offer multiple navigation options, including basic tape-guidance as well as the smart self-guided Premex XIO model, which is equipped with a high precision safety laser scanner to detect and respond to obstacles in its travel path.
Warehouses buried in increasing SKUs need a way to maximize floor space and still maintain easy access to inventory. Highly configurable AS/RS technology optimizes storage space, reduces picking time, minimizes manual processes, and allows greater inventory control. AS/RS base models support different load sizes, maximum heights, and load types, including: Pallet storage AS/RS support storage of heavy unit loads, maximizing use of available floor and vertical space. Explore high-rise AS/RS solutions. Case and tote storage AS/RS support storage of a large number of SKUs, optimizing the sequencing process and delivering products directly to pick stations. Explore goods-to-person (G2P) AS/RS solutions. Shuttle-based storage AS/RS are ideal for storing and retrieving goods without error, speeding up fulfillment for high-throughput applications with lower SKU counts. Explore shuttle AS/RS solutions. AS/RS systems support a wide variety of materials and goods storage and can operate in different facility types and conditions, including cold storage. In cold supply chain handling, AS/RS solutions alleviate personnel from having to work in frigid environments and allow refrigeration systems to operate more efficiently.
Sorting and sequencing are often highly manual processes, requiring the workforce to perform time-consuming physically repetitive tasks. The time workers spend walking through warehouses can account for more than 50% of total picking time, especially with multi-item, small lot, and high-frequency picking. Automation makes workers more productive and reduces the overall need for human intervention. Automated sorting and sequencing typically involves an AS/RS and a transport solution working together, automating the carriage of goods in between processes, or from storage to personnel. AS/RS + rail-guided vehicles (RGVs) provide high-speed sorting for complex pallet handling systems, ideal for rapidly transporting heavy loads between processes. AS/RS + case sorting vehicles increase productivity by automatically moving products to personnel. In conjunction with a mini-load AS/RS, rail-guided case transport systems such as the Muratec Shuttliner are ideal for delivering caseloads directly to operators for picking. AS/RS + AGVs can also transport goods to personnel or in between processes, ideal for flexible travel paths and confined spaces. Automation at the picking level supports your current workforce and empowers their full value and productivity. It can also improve inventory tracking, increase order accuracy, and reduce cycle times. Explore more automated material handling solutions.