Automated storage and retrieval systems, also known as ASRS, are designed for automated storage and retrieval of products, parts and items in manufacturing, distribution, and wholesale facilities. It helps businesses compete in a time of rapid technological advances. ASRS provides fully automated solutions to help keep the flow of products across the entire supply chain.


ASRS consists of a variety of robotics, structural steel racking, and computer-controlled systems for automatically placing and retrieving loads from defined storage locations. It can be used with standard loads as well as nonstandard loads.


An efficient ASRS system provides significant cost savings to companies by minimizing the amount of products in manual storage locations and maximizing the organization of the contents inside a warehouse. It also increases storage space due to the high-density storage it provides.


ASRS meets the trend towards “Just in Time” production and is a much faster way of organizing the storage of smaller items next to production lines. It maximizes efficiency by auditing the inventory of contents within a specified space, rather than undergoing a thorough search of the entire facility, for a single item.


Types of Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (ASRS)

  • Unit-Load: Storage and retrieval of full pallet loads executed by robotic cranes or a shuttle system.
  • Mini-Load: Used for the storage of items in bins, trays, or totes.
  • Vertical Lift Modules (VLM): Also known as a vertical carousel, a VLM is an efficient goods-to-person solution for small product and parts storage.


Automated storage and retrieval systems are ideal in applications with the following characteristics:

  • High volume of loads moving in and out of storage
  • Storage density is crucial
  • Space constraints
  • No processing, only storage and transport
  • Accuracy is critical to prevent expensive damages to the load



  • More accurate tracking of inventory
  • Increased density
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Increased efficiency by linking order processing with logistics management
  • Automation reduces labor costs while increasing safety
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