Automated Carousel Systems: Part of a Blended Solution
A carousel is an automated storage and retrieval device that uses a series of shelving units to rotate along a track to bring warehouse items to an operator. These devices range from vertical lift modules and vertical carousel systems to horizontal carousel systems and, along with many other wonderful features and benefits, they require less storage space and reduce inventory while simultaneously reducing picking errors.
Though they may not be right for every application, with the right product line and order profile, carousels can be considered part of a robust, blended automation system.
The Benefits of Automated Industrial Carousel Systems
Increased Floor Space
One of the most obvious benefits to automated carousel systems is the increased space savings they provide. Most shelving units waste aisle space and don't allow you to fully utilize the ceiling height of your facility. Automated carousels, however, offer high density storage within a compact footprint.
Reduced Labor Requirements
By delivering goods directly to your operators, automated carousels dramatically decrease the time spent walking and searching for items while simultaneously increasing worker productivity. This allows you to reassign manual picking labor to other necessary tasks without losing throughput.
Improved Pick Accuracy
The problem with manual pick processes is that they significantly increase the opportunity for human error to occur. Make sure you avoid costly picking mistakes and pick errors in your customer orders by integrating an automated industrial carousel system into your operations.
In a manual picking operation, employees typically fill only one order a time, which translates into lower pick-per-hour rates. Automated carousel systems utilize a goods-to-person concept which double throughput by eliminating walk and search times.
Greater Inventory Control
Avoid missing or misplaced goods by implementing an automated industrial carousel system in your facility to keep better track of your products. Plus, a carousel will help quickly and efficiently locate items for taking stock of your current inventory.
Improved Safety & Ergonomics
Deliver stored items within the Golden Zone—between the shoulders and the knees—to eliminate the need to bend down or overstretch to reach materials when order picking, preventing workplace injury and the likelihood of worker's compensation claims.
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