High-density Automated Warehousing
Automatic Storage and Retrieval System
Taiwan is a small island with many areas of concentrated industrial output. In these areas, warehouse space optimization is naturally important. An automatic warehousing system connected, enabled, and managed by a computer network offers some attractive benefits.
A certain Taiwanese company in Taichung is engaged in designing and engineering automatic warehouse systems. Recently they approached Advantech seeking an industrial computer to include in their solutions. Advantech provided them with the ARK-1310 embedded IPC – an entry level system platform which met all their needs, at an effective price point.
They were working on a high-density, automatic warehouse system with very highstorage racks. All storage and retrieval of goods was to be performed by an automatic apparatus so as to minimize human labor requirements. Advantech determined that the ARK-1310, with its rich I/O interfaces, would be a perfect fit, serving to connect to and communicate with all needed devices.
‧Fanless, embedded IPC
‧Compact and rugged
‧Reduced power consumption
‧2 x USB 2.0 ports + 2 x LAN ports + 4 x COM ports
‧All serial ports to support RS-232/422/485 with auto-flow control
This automatic warehouse solution features high racks with very narrow aisles. A guide rail runs down the center of each aisle and a hoist apparatus glides along it. A carriage rides the hoistas itmoves up and down vertically to any rack level to place or retrieve pallets or containers. There is no need for human workers to enter the rack area. Each of the rail units has a control box to command the movement of the hoist, and a touch panel screen which the warehouse workers can tap on to input orders. ARK-1310 stands side by side with the control box and the panel screen, and they are connected via COM ports. The ARK-1310 is also connected to a server computer via LAN. The ARK-1310, powered by an Advantech EVA-X4150 processor, is packed into a small, rugged unit of only 7.44” x 5.14” x 1.61”. Reduced power consumption makes it a cool running IPC, suitable for the warehouse environment. When the warehouse workers want to storeor retrieve goods, they simply browse through items listed on their screens, and tap on the touch screen or click with a mouse to make selections. All the actual work of moving goods is done by machines, and warehouse workers do not need to go into the rack area.
The automatic system not only drastically changes the warehouse environment but also streamlines inventory management. It accelerates product flow and guarantees faster deliveries. The computerized data management also helps maintain accurate inventory records and helps reduce inactive inventory items.
Compared with old-style warehouses with drive-in aisles to accommodate manned forklifts, the rail-guided hoist system does not require human entry and reduces aisle space by half, making the warehouse more space-efficient, while at the same time reducing labor and management costs.
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