Special storage systems equipped with bins are a good choice to ensure space-saving storage and fast retrieval of small parts. In so-called small parts storage, the order fulfillment and logistic processes are efficient and convenient. The fully automated storage solution is based on special warehouse management software that controls all operations related to the storage of small items in specified bins. The solution is comprised of a shelf system with one or several aisles, and each aisle is equipped with a robotic stacker or vertical crane retrieval device. The small parts are stored in bins or other types of containers. When requested, the stacker moves back and forth along the aisle, picking bins, bringing them to the order fulfillment station, and then returning them to their proper shelves.
How an automated small parts storage functions
Data about all of the small parts and items stored in the solution is recorded in WMS or ERP software applications. The software system sends this information to the automated spare parts storage. The software ensures that the appropriate bins are located and retrieved. Once the order picker has removed the required items from the bin, it is transported back to its proper position in the automated small parts storage.
Advantages of an automated small parts storage
An automated small parts storage speeds up access and retrieval operations, and the fully automated put-and-pick process boosts the efficiency of the warehouse. Overall performance – even with an enormously wide range of small items in stock – is improved and the warehouse capacity is optimally utilized. Space-saving bins, shelves, trays or cartons can be used to store the small parts; they are quick and easy to access. The entire vertical space available in a warehouse can be utilized. Automated small parts storage are efficient and economical solutions for all applications that call for high logistics performance in scenarios having an extremely wide variety and range of items, but with limited quantities per article type.