Tightening up your aisles typically means going from a standard aisle width of about 10.5 feet and shrinking it down to something closer to 5-7 feet. This isn’t a good fit for a more traditional, counterbalanced lift truck, which is where bringing in VNAs becomes important.
One way to mitigate the workforce shortage and other challenging factors in today’s environment is to automate. Warehousing work can be highly repetitive—search, find, pick, place, repeat. These are tasks easily managed by machines. ASRS can do all the above and track items as they enter and exit the system, remind users when items should be replaced or restocked, and create more space and time for improving overall operations.
Just as overhead cranes and hoists should be equipped with an emergency stop (E-STOP) or safety disconnect switch that independently cuts off the power to the equipment independently of the regular operating controls, powered below the hook devices should also be likewise outfitted.