Reliability of Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) ASRS

Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released the results of two independent research studies on Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) reliability. These studies, commissioned by MHIA and conducted by Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Marriott School of Management, found that AS/RS offer very high levels of reliability taking the uncertainty out of a long standing question about AS/RS performance. The research results are detailed in a White Paper titled Reliability of Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS).

The research project team for the two studies consisted of graduate students from BYU, along with faculty advisers. The first study entitled, AS/RS Market Research determined how users, potential users, and non-users of AS/RS felt about this technology, how the technology was being used, and what its benefits and shortcomings were in the minds of study participants. The second study, Reliability of AS/RS focused in large part on the perceptions expressed in the first study versus the reality about AS/RS reliability and overall performance.

The research findings showed that experienced AS/RS users have high expectations for their systems. Even before purchasing a system, respondents expressed an average expected uptime of 97.98%. The BYU studies show that today’s AS/RS do deliver on these expectations with an average uptime of 97.34%, compared to the expected 97.98%.

The research team examined systems engineered and installed by member companies of the ASRS product section of MHIA. The AS/RS technology examined were based on Fixed-Aisle (F/A) systems that rely on mobile load handling machines to store and retrieve loads to and from storage racks aligned along aisles that can be of varying lengths.

The study concluded that the reliability of AS/RS points to its potential as a tool for productivity improvement across the supply chain. The research defined opportunities for expanding the role of AS/RS in today’s Lean and JIT-oriented applications, as well as in modern distribution centers where rapid order fulfillment plays such a large role. It concluded that space efficiency, time efficiency, accuracy, and other benefits inherent in AS/RS, combined with the flexibility needed for coping with today’s world of rapid change, make for a powerful tool in many applications, especially those applications where customer service is an important factor.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and NA 2008 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (ASRS) is a Product Section of MHIA. ASRS members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of automated storage/retrieval systems. They supply systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.
MHIA White Paper Details Results of AS/RS Reliability Study

(August 20, 2007/Charlotte, NC) Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released the results of two independent research studies on Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) reliability. These studies, commissioned by MHIA and conducted by Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Marriott School of Management, found that AS/RS offer very high levels of reliability taking the uncertainty out of a long standing question about AS/RS performance. The research results are detailed in a White Paper titled Reliability of Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS).

The research project team for the two studies consisted of graduate students from BYU, along with faculty advisers. The first study entitled, AS/RS Market Research determined how users, potential users, and non-users of AS/RS felt about this technology, how the technology was being used, and what its benefits and shortcomings were in the minds of study participants. The second study, Reliability of AS/RS focused in large part on the perceptions expressed in the first study versus the reality about AS/RS reliability and overall performance.

The research findings showed that experienced AS/RS users have high expectations for their systems. Even before purchasing a system, respondents expressed an average expected uptime of 97.98%. The BYU studies show that today’s AS/RS do deliver on these expectations with an average uptime of 97.34%, compared to the expected 97.98%.

The research team examined systems engineered and installed by member companies of the ASRS product section of MHIA. The AS/RS technology examined were based on Fixed-Aisle (F/A) systems that rely on mobile load handling machines to store and retrieve loads to and from storage racks aligned along aisles that can be of varying lengths.

The study concluded that the reliability of AS/RS points to its potential as a tool for productivity improvement across the supply chain. The research defined opportunities for expanding the role of AS/RS in today’s Lean and JIT-oriented applications, as well as in modern distribution centers where rapid order fulfillment plays such a large role. It concluded that space efficiency, time efficiency, accuracy, and other benefits inherent in AS/RS, combined with the flexibility needed for coping with today’s world of rapid change, make for a powerful tool in many applications, especially those applications where customer service is an important factor.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and NA 2008 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

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