Automated Material Handling

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 is added in this process (no processing, only storage and transport)

Accuracy is critical because of potential expensive damages to the load

An AS/RS can be used with standard loads as well as nonstandard loads, meaning that each standard load can fit in a uniformly-sized volume; for example the film canisters in the image of the Defense Visual Information Center are each stored as part of the contents of the uniformly sized metal boxes, which are shown in the image. Standard loads simplify the handling of a request of an item. In addition, audits of the accuracy of the inventory of contents can be restricted to the contents of an individual metal box, rather than undergoing a top-to-bottom search of the entire facility, for a single item.


An effective automated storage and retrieval system provides several benefits for supply chain management:

An efficient AS/RS system helps companies cut expenses by minimizing the amount of unnecessary parts and products in storage, and improving organization of the contents of a warehouse. Due to automated processes, it also allows for more storage space due to high-density storage, narrower aisles, etc.

Automation reduces labor costs while lowering workforce requirements and increasing safety.

Modeling and managing the logical representation of the physical storage facilities (e.g. racking, etc.). For example, if certain products are often sold together or are more popular than others, those products can be grouped together or placed near the delivery area to speed up the process of picking, packing and shipping to customers.

Enabling a seamless link to order processing and logistics management in order to pick, pack, and ship product out of the facility.

Tracking where products are stocked, which suppliers they come from, and the length of time they are stored. By analyzing such data, companies can control inventory levels and maximize the use of warehouse space. Furthermore, firms are more prepared for the demands and supplies of the market, especially during special circumstances such as a peak season on a particular month. Through the reports generated by an AS/RS system, firms are also able to gather important data that may be put in a model for it to be analyzed.

Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS)

For over more than thirty years Efacec has become a market leader in the design, supply and installation of Automatic Storage Systems. No matter what the load to be carried, container type, size and weight, we have the appropriate solution to meet every customer’s specific requirements.

Starting with the more traditional pallet based applications, moving through high-capacity light-load applications based on fast Miniloads up to heavy or oversize loads we have delivered hundreds of successful working systems worldwide. We also deploy systems for special environments as it is the case of deep freeze warehouses.

EFACEC is able to deliver a fully functional turnkey automatic storage system, including its own equipment, such as stacker cranes, conveying systems, aisle equipment and warehouse management system as well as major subcontracts such as racking, wall and roof cladding, fire detection and extinguishing systems, heating and ventilation, among others.

The Range Of EFACEC Products:

  • Handling devices (telescopic forks, satellites, box retrievers)
  • Warehouse Management System, Material Flow Control / Warehouse Control System, PLC controls, SCADA Supervision System
  • Stacker cranes (single mast, double mast, with aisle switching or transfer car option)
  • High speed Miniloads
  • In rack Overhead Stacker Cranes
  • Automatic Overhead Cranes

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