One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.
Given this fact, the decision to implement an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) should be an easy one to reach. Yet, many executives have reservations that center on two distinct, yet interrelated, issues.
The first concern is captured in the question: “What happens if the AS/RS breaks down?” The second issue focuses on implementation cost: “How will I be able to afford an AS/RS?”
AS/RS technology has come a long way in recent years. Component materials have never been sturdier, and engineering designs are thoroughly vetted. Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Warehouse Control System (WCS) software has undergone numerous refinements and operates almost flawlessly. Most AS/RS vendors recognize the importance of customer service and employ well-trained staff, offer their customers complete.