Automation Can Improve Accuracy Up to 100% … With Double or Triple Throughput Rates!

AS/RS Systems consist of a variety of computer controlled methods for automatically placing and retrieving loads from specific storage locations. Alternative Technologies has extensive experience with AS/RS applications and technology. We’ll help you evaluate AS/RS alternatives for your facility expansion or upgrade.

AS/RS Systems are typically used in the following environments:

  • Operations with a high volume and number of SKUs.
  • Facilities with high density requirements due to space constraints.
  • Applications requiring extremely high accuracy and pick rates.

And achieve the following benefits:

  • Space savings
  • Reduced labor
  • Increased productivity
  • Increase accuracy
  • Reduced inventory levels
  • Enhanced Customer Service


AS/RS can be broken into two main categories; Fixed Aisle Stacker Crane and Carrousel. Fixed aisle systems are typically larger systems whereas carousels are often used individually or in small groups in medium-sized applications. Fixed Aisle AS/RS Stacker Cranes are often supported on a floor mounted track/rail and guided at the top by rails or channels. Cranes travel between fixed storage locations to deposit or retrieve a requested load; whether it is a single small tray, tote or heavy pallet load.

Types of AS/RS Devices:

  • Unit-Load – Unit Load Systems move, store or retrieve pallet loads.
  • Mini-Load – Mini-Load AS/RS move, store or retrieve items in trays.
  • Micro-Load – Micro-Load AS/RS move, store or retrieve items in totes or cartons.
  • AS/RS Carousels with Auto Inserters/Extractors – Standard Horizontal Carousels utilize a series of bins attached to an oval track which rotates on demand to deliver stored goods to an operator. AS/RS Carousels add high precision inserters and extractors which automatically pick programmed totes or boxes for transfer to the output conveyor.