Honeywell, the North Carolina-based multinational conglomerate, has announced its new warehouse automation technology for manufacturing and logistics which has been designed to maximize storage and increase order fulfillment.
The company unveiled its latest solution for intelligent automated handling, declaring that the new solution is designed to help warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing sites to receive, process, and fill orders faster and more accurately, as well as simultaneously reducing their storage footprint.
Honeywell claims that its next-generation Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) leverages AI and machine learning, thereby ensuring that warehouse and distribution centers have a greater capacity to keep up with unprecedented ecommerce growth.
In a press release to announce the new warehouse automation technology, Ben Cardwell, president of Honeywell Intelligrated said “The rapidly evolving retail market is pushing distribution centres to find and use innovative, flexible and automated approaches to e-commerce order fulfilment. Growing inventories, the rising cost of land and other pressures are pushing operations to make the most efficient use of available space. Honeywell’s next-generation AS/RS technology allows our customers to better utilise unoccupied vertical space, potentially eliminating the need for building or renting additional warehouse space.”
Space-saving solutions like AS/RS are a top priority for distribution centers looking to operate efficiently, with a recent study conducted by Honeywell revealing that six in 10 ecommerce companies plan to invest in automated storage and retrieval systems over the next year.
Honeywell are confident that their solution offers scalability, maximises floor space and should help organizations to efficiently manage over 20,000 SKUs using high-speed shuttles with configurable end and intra-aisle vertical lift locations.
Honeywell hopes that the automation technology, when used with its Momentum Warehouse Execution System with Decision Intelligence, will allow end-sers to retrieve goods from one or more aisles and deliver them directly to a goods-to-person station for order consolidation; ideal for operations that handle small cases, trays, and totes.
“Distribution operators are now being asked to contribute more to overall business objectives, requiring managers to streamline processes, reduce costs and maximise the return on capital investments made in facilities. This technology delivers nearly a 40% increase in throughput over traditional picking methods, allowing labour to be used for other value-added tasks,” added Cardwell.