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Automated Storage Retrieval Systems (ASRS)

An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS or AS/RS) consists of a variety of computer-controlled systems for automatically placing and retrieving loads from defined storage locations. Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are typically used in applications where: there is a very high volume of loads being moved into and out of storage; storage density is important because of space constraints; no value adding content is present in this process; accuracy is critical because of potential expensive damages to the load. AS/RS can be used with standard loads as well as nonstandard loads.


ASRS can come in a few different types: Vertical Lift Modules (VLM), Vertical Carousels, and Horizontal Carousels. Vertical Lift Modules typically operate with small parts storage. They are akin to an oversized cabinet where the “drawers” can be shifted in and out. You can choose a specific tray for the VLM to “lift” up to you to get just what you need.


Vertical carousels act similar to VLM’s except they can stack a lot higher, and the trays with equipment will “rotate” to it’s desired location until you can get what you need. Horizontal carousels act essentially the same only instead of rotating up and down, they rotate horizontally.

horizontal carousel

Whether it’s cluttered aisles, excess inventory, inaccurate records, poor reliability, or low throughput, an AS/RS system might be just what you need. An AS/RS system will transport, store, retrieve, and provide reports on every inventory item with extreme accuracy.

To find out more about how we can help implement ASRS in your work environment, contact us, and we would be happy to assist. Also, don’t forget to see our wide selection of used conveyor, where we can provide turn-key solutions for you!