KARDEX HOLDING AG, MECALUX SA, SSI SCHAFER, BASTIAN SOLUTIONS LLC AND DAIFUKU CO LTD ARE AMONG THE KEY MARKET PLAYERS OPERATING IN THE ASRS MARKET.
A number of industrial facilities and warehouses are increasing the use of automated solutions to enhance their profits, warehouse operations, comfort as well as worker safety. An ASRS consists of several computer-controlled methods that enable the placement of loads and picking up a function of the load from a storage location. They best serve their purpose at places where high volumes of capacity need to be moved, stored, or retrieved more economically. These systems increase the storage density of loads and thereby overcome the space constraint issues faced by several end-users. These kinds of systems are of use mainly at manufacturing sites, distribution centers, retail, wholesale, and institutions. ASRS helps in automatically bringing items directly to the operator, and can be operated as a standalone system, as well as integrated into a linked system. Some of the common operations of ASRS include consolidation, order picking, buffering, kitting, inventory storage, parts handling, and buffer storage, among others. Mainly designed for these tasks, ASRS systems eliminate walk and search time, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. Space-efficient ASRS systems also help in reducing underutilized floor space by storing all the materials in one compact area, thus provide larger storage capacity in comparison to shelving and racking in aisles. Furthermore, it helps in reducing labor costs since the automation of processes helps in reducing the involvement of several individuals, and it generally requires one person to operate such systems.
ASRS systems also play an essential role in robotics, where they are used to guide the autonomous robots called ‘self-navigating robots.’ Various industries such as electronics, automotive, aerospace, food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, and electronics are pretty concerned about reducing labor-intensive processes, increasing accuracy and speed for the task of storage, and retrieval of their products whenever required. A variety of ASRS systems are available in the market, out of which many systems are highly flexible and can be relocated. Other benefits include improved ergonomics, better inventory control, workplace safety, and others. However, the high cost associated with the installation, along with the overall maintenance cost, is hindering the market growth as it is often not affordable for small facilities to incur such costly automation.