Unit-load AS/RS Systems
Unit-load refers to palletized product. Automated unit-load storage and retrieval crane systems offer extremely dense storage of pallets in a fully automated environment. Often termed “dark warehouses”, these storage cubes can be over 40 meters tall and are often simply “skinned” with sheet metal panels to create a rack-supported building. These systems can be used for storing large inventories of bulk stock to feed mini-load picking systems, refrigerated product such as dairy, or even frozen palletized product. These systems are capital intensive and expensive to maintain but require minimal labor and operate in efficient, low energy consumption environments.