Next-generation automated storage and retrieval system uses the latest in machine learning, artificial and decision intelligence for order fulfilment, product sequencing, returns processing, manufacturing kitting and more.
Honeywell recently announced its latest solution in intelligent automated handling designed to help warehouses, distribution centres and manufacturing sites receive, process and fill orders faster and more accurately while potentially reducing storage footprint.
Honeywell’s next-generation Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to allow warehouse and distribution centre operators to better keep up with unprecedented ecommerce growth.
“The rapidly evolving retail market is pushing distribution centres to find and use innovative, flexible and automated approaches to e-commerce order fulfilment. Growing inventories, the rising cost of land and other pressures are pushing operations to make the most efficient use of available space,” said Ben Cardwell, President, Honeywell Intelligrated. “Honeywell’s next-generation AS/RS technology allows our customers to better utilize unoccupied vertical space, potentially eliminating the need for building or renting additional warehouse space.”
Space-saving solutions like AS/RS have proven to be a top priority for distribution centres that need to operate efficiently. A recent Honeywell study showed six in 10 e-commerce companies plan to invest in automated storage and retrieval systems in the next year.
Honeywell’s scalable automated solution maximizes floor space and helps efficiently manage more than 20,000 SKUs using high-speed shuttles with configurable end and intra-aisle vertical lift locations. Combined with Honeywell Intelligrated’s Momentum Warehouse Execution System with Decision Intelligence, once an order comes to the distribution centre system, the shuttle will retrieve goods from one or more aisles and deliver them directly to a Goods-To-Person station for order consolidation. The shuttle solution is ideal for operations that handle small cases, trays and totes.
The next generation AS/RS is part of a total integrated solution based on proven concepts that apply the right mix of automation, software, labour-optimized productivity and throughput capacity for each operation’s unique requirements.