What is AutoStore?
AutoStore: The innovative storage technology from Norway
In the logistics sector, effectiveness is not just an empty phrase, but both an aspiration and an incentive. Only those companies that optimize their material flow in the best possible way and manage it efficiently can derive competitive advantages from this. But often storage capacities cannot be expanded at will, their space is limited and their structure is often only adapted in step with higher production capacity. One system that promises to help here is AutoStore.
To explain , AutoStore has revolutionized automated small parts storage with an approach that allows bins to be stacked directly on top of each other - controlled by a robot that significantly reduces errors. This allows increasing storage capacity to be realized even in the smallest of areas and adapted to operational conditions.
Function even in the smallest of spaces: AutoStore as a modern solution for small parts storage
Investments in new storage capacity are expensive and lengthy, and are preceded by a complex planning phase. This not only inhibits potential companies that shy away from the risk, but also requires a holistic view of the company's own intralogistics. This is exactly where AutoStore comes in, because the system is based on a container rack that works with fast-moving items at the top and slow-moving items further down - so any goods can be stacked and stored directly on top of each other.
The highlight: The fully automatic AutoStore storage system can be adapted as required to the spatial restrictions on site. This means that picker workstations can be arranged as desired, allowing higher storage capacities to be realized without major adaptation.
The advantages of AutoStore at a glance
In its basic structure, AutoStore corresponds to a static storage system, however, the robot-guided structure enables sorting at any time incl. Transfer of containers. Via the warehouse management system (WMS), orders can thus practically be "pre-scheduled" to a certain extent if it is clear that they will be needed soon. We would like to describe the advantages of AutoStore in more detail below.
- Implementation of a high picking speed for small containers
- Optimum utilization of existing areas and room dimensions, in particular by dispensing with shelf aisles
- Closed system so that influencing factors such as theft or contamination can be excluded
- Modular design that adapts well to any storage space
- High throughput and cost savings due to effective energy utilization of the robots
- Realization of 24-hour operation thanks to automation
However, it should be noted that since AutoStore is specifically designed for small parts, there are naturally restrictions in terms of dimensions as well as permissible weight (max. 30 kg). This reduces the number of possible goods, so that this storage system is particularly suitable for spare parts, mail order goods and the like.
AutoStore: Expansion of storage capacity feasible without new construction
The trend toward automation in intralogistics is accompanied by a growing need for flexibility. Given the variety of products, many companies face challenges in matching storage capacity to actual demand. AutoStore is an innovative solution that does not require any additional staff or space. The storage technology is economical, can be controlled fully automatically and at the same time offers maximum storage density.
In short, AutoStore allows a system that has been implemented once to be adapted to new requirements at will and only on the basis of additional bin locations and robots. And all this without lengthy planning phases or downtime, but during ongoing operation. Although the system requires certain initial investments and regular maintenance, this is amortized accordingly due to the increase in efficiency.