Three Ways Automated Tote Storage Systems Solve Throughput Challenges

viastore mini-load AS/RS tote storageIdeal for handling high volumes, automated tote storage systems—such as a high-density mini-load automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS)—maximize the amount of broken case (or eaches) storage in a given facility footprint. This type of material handling automation holds individual stock keeping units (SKUs) in dimensionally consistent plastic totes or trays; alternately, with the right load handling device, a mini-load system can handle cardboard cases of products. [Read more…]

Three Ways Automated Pallet Storage Solves Throughput Issues in Frozen Product Storage Areas

2014_viastore_Case Study_Myronivsky Hliboproduct_Picture_3aWith the global frozen food market predicted to grow to $307.3 billion (U.S. dollars) by 2020, warehouses currently using manual processes in their frozen product storage areas might consider material handling automation. That’s because automated pallet storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can improve throughput of slow- to medium-moving frozen products by enhancing handling practices in three ways. [Read more…]

High-Density Storage: Automated Warehouse Systems Deliver Flexibility, Savings

When it comes to maximizing the amount of inventory held within the four walls of a facility, more companies are turning to high-density storage supported by an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). Whether handling unit loads that require automated pallet storage, or cases, or eaches held in totes and moved by a mini-load AS/RS, high-density storage solutions offer a variety of warehouse optimization advantages over conventional rack. These include load handling flexibility, less product damage, storage of more inventory in a compressed footprint, lower energy and labor costs, and construction and tax savings. [Read more…]

Seven Things to Consider when Installing Conveyor in your Cooler or Freezer

Life is full of so many things to ‘keep in mind’ or ‘remember to do’. When considering installing conveyor in a refrigerated or frozen environment, it’s no different. Beyond just selecting the right conveyor product solution for your needs, when considering automation for your cooler or freezer environment there are many special considerations you need to take into account in order to ensure optimal performance of your automated system.

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An Incremental Approach to Automation for 3PL Cold (or any type of) Storage

Last week at the IARW Conference in Orlando, viastore’s Bill Ostermeyer partnered with David Sturver, from viastore customer Americold to speak about automation and cold storage 3PLs. The presentation, ‘What level of automation makes sense for a 3PL – an incremental approach’, was well-attended, with about 125 attendees. The topic of an incrementation approach to automation isn’t just for cold storage 3PLs, but really is applicable to many companies.

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Installing a Material Handling System in your Cooler or Freezer? Here’s What You Need to Know

Operating conveyor in a freezer is not the same as everywhere else. It’s cold in there. REALLY cold. Just like your car prefers not to operate in sub-freezing temperatures, neither does other mechanical equipment. With temperatures under 0 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s a lot to take into consideration when installing your freezer solution.

If you’re considering automation for a cooler or freezer environment, you’ll need to take into account everything from air condensation to motor temperature ratings. To ensure optimal performance of your automated system, you’ll need to take all of these into account and be ready to implement solutions.

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