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10 Terms To Know When Working With an ASRS Design Consultant

An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is a computer-controlled system that stores and retrieves materials without human intervention. ASRS systems can be used for various applications, including order picking, inventory management, and material handling. With the eCommerce industry trending towards speed, accuracy, and flexibility of supply chain operations, many companies are looking for ASRS solutions to implement in their warehouse.

As a specialty contractor, McMurray Stern built its reputation on a fully integrated design-build process that ensures projects are professionally managed, from ASRS design concepts to installation execution.

When working with a McMurray Stern ASRS design consultant, you will likely hear terms like “order picking,” “automated guided vehicles,” and “throughput.” What do these terms mean? And what do they have to do with your business?

By understanding these terms, you can communicate better with your ASRS design consultant and get on the path to achieving your automated storage goals. This blog post will cover 10 of the most important terms you need to know when working with an ASRS design consultant. 

10 Terms to Know When Working with an ASRS Design Consultant

You may encounter some unfamiliar technical terms when working with an ASRS design consultant. Here are ten of the most important terms to know when discussing your automated storage options with a consultant:

1. Order Picking

Order picking retrieves goods from storage to fill customer orders. In an automated system, this is typically done with the help of robots or other automated devices. eCommerce and retail are the backbones of the order-picking industry.

Robotics order picking VLM, ASRS design consultant

2. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)

AGVs are self-driving vehicles commonly used in warehouses and manufacturing plants. They can be used for various tasks, including transporting goods, materials, and equipment.

AGVs are great for automating material flow with increased safety and accuracy. They also have low operating costs and are easy to integrate with your technology systems.

3. Pallet Rack

Pallet racks are systems of horizontal shelves that are used to store goods and materials. They are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers. Pallet racks allow for space optimization while increasing storage capacity.

4. ASRS Operational Data

Operational data is information about the day-to-day operations of a business, such as production, sales, and customer data. This type of data is often used to improve efficiency and optimize processes.

Operational data can tell you about the speed or volume of products and reported incidents. Using this information, warehouse owners can make informed decisions to increase profit.

5. Micro-Fulfillment

According to Invesp, 56% of shoppers expect same-day delivery, and approximately 61% are willing to pay extra for same-day delivery. With the sudden influx in expedited delivery options, grocers, retailers, and eCommerce companies were pressured to keep up with the demand.

Micro-fulfillment is a type of order fulfillment that uses small, automated warehouses or “dark stores” to store and pick orders. This technology is often used as a tool to speed up delivery times and meet consumer demand.

The McMurray Stern automated micro-fulfillment solutions put you at an advantage. We have five different approaches to meet your needs and customer’s demands, with each solution offering a different price, rate, and speed.

Our automated micro-fulfillment solutions like VLMs, carousels, shuttle systems, pouch sorters and carriers, and robotics help improve the shopping experience to exceed customer expectations for convenience, speed, and accuracy.

6. Last Mile Delivery

Last mile delivery is the final stage of the delivery process, in which goods are delivered to the customer’s front door. This type of delivery is often used for items that are time-sensitive or perishable.

Last mile delivery is designed to deliver a product to the consumer quickly and efficiently.

7. Vertical Life Modules (VLM)

VLMs are storage systems that use vertically-oriented shelves to store goods with a high goods-to-person principle. Vertical lifts by McMurray Stern provide the highest storage density for industrial products, components, and spare parts, as they can save up to 90% of storage space.

Many companies have chosen our lifts to help organize and improve their workflow, thanks to its flexibility, wide range of models available, superior design, and ease of use. VLMs also require minimal training with a simple, user-friendly interface.

8. Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by the convergence of digital and physical technologies. This convergence transforms manufacturing, logistics, and other industries, propelling them forward.

Industry 4.0 allows for flexibility in the warehouse so businesses can meet customer demands quickly and easily. With accurate information sharing, configurability, and simple processes, manufacturers can operate for the future.

9. Warehouse Management System (WMS)

A WMS is a software designed for managing daily warehouse operations. It provides a comprehensive view of inventory levels, locations, and movements. WMS software can also be used to optimize warehouse layout and pick-packing operations. Learn more about how the right WMS can change your business here.

10. ASRS Throughput

Throughput is the number of pounds or items that can be moved through an ASRS system in a given period of time. The throughput of an ASRS system is typically measured in Orders Per Hour (OPH).

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McMurray Stern is a leading provider of ASRS systems. We offer comprehensive services, from ASRS design and consultation to installation and training. Our team of experts will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.

Contact us today to get started on your automated storage journey!


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