Material Handling and Logistics Infographics
Welcome to the automated warehouse, logistics, intralogistics and material handling systems infographics series by Integrated Systems Design (ISD). The following infographics provides some high level benchmarks and rules of thumbs which the industry utilizes to begin determining the type of automated equipment that is suited for a specific application.
As always, there are many variables and combinations of equipment, processes and software which can effect positively or negatively a technologies performance. This is the reason ISD offers not only consultation, but simulation services and the ISD DREAM Guarantee to allow organizations to rest easy about their order picking, packing, shipping and assembly technology implementation.
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What is a vertical carousel? It's a goods-to-person or goods-to-man automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). The system consists of a series of carriers or shelves mounted to an oval vertical track. The shelves rotate via the shortests path to the ergonomically positioned work counter.
The shelves and carriers can be set up with straight shelves and dividers, roll out drawers, rods for reel storage or flat for totes and boxes. A rounded lip on the front of the shelf makes extracting and replacing items very easy.
Vertical carousels can be used independently or in
What is a horizontal carousel? A horizontal carousel is an oval track with a series of metal bins, with shelves, that rotate horizontally to an operator when an item needs to be selected. The bins normally rotate, via the shortest path, to the operator.
This goods-to-person (goods-to-man) automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) provides easy and cost effective integration and implementation for order picking applications. Often referred to as “simple automation", horizontal carousel systems provide the major benefits of automation minus the risk, complexity and potential
What is a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) - also known as a "shuttle"? A VLM is a goods-to-person or goods-to-man automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). The VLM consists of a series of trays to hold goods which are stored in front and behind a vertical column; an ergonomically positioned work counter; and an inserter / extractor device, that moves vertically through the column's center, moving trays between the storage locations and the work counter.
The height of each tray and its contents is automatically scanned as a tray moves from the work counter onto the the inserter /
With all the hype and talk about same-day omnichannel and ecommerce order fulfillment and delivery, a recent UPS and corCom survey showed that 50% of online customers will select longer delivery times in order to get free shipping. Four out of five online consumers named free shipping as a top decision maker influencing who they purchase from. Likewise, 88% of the ominichannel and ecommerce customers surveyed read the fine print about returns on a retailer's website and 52% of online customers surveyed wanted a return label enclosed in the box. This attention to detail shows that
What is a robotic ASRS carousel system? It's a goods-to-person picking system comprised of a robotic inserter-extractor system mounted in front of up to three tiers of horizontal carousels. Each of the carousels pre-position a pick location and wait for the robot to move up and down in front of them, storing and picking totes and delivering picked totes to a conveyor system that ultimately delivers them to and retrieves them from workstations.