Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRSs) are warehousing or inventory systems that use automation and robotics to manage the items placed into and out of the storage space. Barcoding or RFID are used to record what item has been placed into which position within the ASRS.
An example of the application of ASRS is an integrated precursor facility for carbon fibre composites manufacturer. The ASRS is used to move B-Stage prepreg materials into and out of cold storage, where the temperatures and moisture levels make the use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) difficult. Later AGVs can retrieve the prepregs from the ASRS and deliver them to the composites production line.
Automated Storage and Retrieval System: