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Solutions: Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)

Optimize space and efficiency with automated storage and retrieval systems

High-volume distribution centers need high-density pallet-based storage and retrieval systems for the best use of space and increased speed, accuracy and efficiency. Pallet-based AS/RS can also serve as the backbone of an automated reserve area in a fulfillment center.

FORTNA works with top manufacturers of pallet-based AS/RS, automated deep-lane pallet shuttle systems and robotic solutions to design scalable and modular operations that meet your business requirements.

High capacity, throughput and performance

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are ideal for increasing operational performance without increasing your building footprint. Inventory accuracy and reduced shrinkage make these ideal solutions for high-volume inventory. The optimized flow of material and just-in-time replenishment eliminates unnecessary inventory, reducing your total cost. Today’s solutions also work well in ambient, chilled or freezer environments and are ideal for a variety of industry segments and applications for manufacturing and distribution.

An AS/RS system combines automation and warehouse software to manage inventory and optimize storage space. An AS/RS system contains:

  • Tote or case racking and storage
  • Automated shuttles or robots
  • Controlling and inventory software
  • Goods-to-person stations

Available for small, mid and large loads, AS/RS solutions can be customized to a best-fit solution that can reduce labor-intensive work. At the same time, it improves productivity and order fulfillment time. AS/RS solutions can take advantage of current facility capacity and automate manual processes, from shuttles to goods-to-person stations to vertical lifts and carousels.

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Unique approach to identify best-fit technologies

The FORTNA Distribution Optimization Framework™ leans into your data and our proprietary processes, tools and algorithms to design and deliver solutions using best-fit mobile solutions. We work with a deep bench of partners, but our unique approach allows for a truly innovative and holistic design that leverages best-in-class technologies, without bias toward any manufacturer or supplier. We can help you select appropriate technologies and work collaboratively with the chosen supplier to optimize your solution for exemplary business results.

The benefits of an AS/RS system are:

  • Maximized capacity
  • Increased inventory efficiency
  • Labor cost reduction
  • Scalability and flexibility
  • Increased accuracy rate
  • Faster order fulfillment
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Powered by an intelligent warehouse execution system

FORTNA WES™ intelligent software optimizes the design and allows you to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities for compounded gains in efficiency and insights. This unique software platform makes it possible to integrate solutions from virtually any type of equipment and swap out technologies without having to make expensive and time-consuming updates to your existing systems.

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Proof of concept and business case justification

Complex projects sometimes require a proof of concept (POC) to validate functionality and justify the business case before investing significant capital expense for the broader solution. At FORTNA, business case is at the heart of everything we do. We will help you develop the business case, align stakeholders and obtain the Board-level support you need for your investments.

Types of AS/RS systems:

  • Unit-load
  • Mini-load
  • High-density
  • Vertical lift module
  • Horizontal and vertical carousel
  • Shuttle

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