11 Considerations Before Purchasing Material Handling Equipment

When considering the purchase of an automated material handling solution it’s a given that you have to stay within your budget. Whether you are looking at conveyor, sortation, AS/RS, WMS, or a combination of all of the above, there are several factors that need to come into play beyond just who might have the lowest price.

Here are a few to consider:

1. Does the solution match your scope?

2. Did the supplier give you what you asked or, or offer an explanation of why it is different? If what you asked for is not the vendor’s recommended design/solution, it’s important that you receive a quote for the design you requested so you have a base comparison to make against other quotes.

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viastore Case Study – Phoenix Contact-How AS/RS is the ‘backbone’ of an automated material handling logistics solution

IMG_1448-2viastore implemented an automated warehouse and picking solution for Phoenix Contact, a global manufacturer of industrial electrical and electronic technology products, at the company’s US operations headquarters, based in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The viastore solution includes robotic depalletizers, a conveyor sortation system, a seven aisle mini-load automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), and ten (10) Goods to Person pick/pack stations, all driven by a warehouse management system (WMS) that also controls a conventional warehouse. The entire automated material handling system was supplied by viastore systems.

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