Pros and Cons of AS/RS for Warehouse Automation

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Ed Romaine

Ed Romaine has spent over 30 years involved with organizations looking to optimize their distribution, manufacturing, and warehousing operations. Focusing on the customer’s processes, automation and business model, Romaine has helped dozens of organizations improve profitability by reducing labor, floor space, errors and inventory while improving accuracy, inventory turns and cut-off times. Within the industry trade association, MHI, Romaine has taken numerous leadership positions including: Chairman of the Automated Storage & Retrieval (AS/RS) Group, Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council of America, Chairman of the Warehouse Execution Systems Group and was one of the originators of the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group. He has also spearheaded the efforts to create the first ANSI industry safety standards for horizontal carousels. Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications, blogs and online publications and has been a speaker at dozens of Supply Chain, Logistics, Lean and Facility organizations and functions. Just a few include the Parcel Forum, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Promat, North American Material Handling, Modex, National Mfg Week, Southern California Plant Operations, NJ Material Handling Assoc., Applied Ergonomics, Warehousing Education & Research Council (WERC), Lean Manufacturing Conference, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), NeoCon, Health Information Distribution Association (HIDA), National Catalog & Operations (NCOF), CSCMP and more.

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2 Responses

  1. Eric maxwell says:

    Automation of warehouse has a lot of advantages over conventional warehouse. Workflow of warehouse is much higher than conventional methods. Higher efficiency and lower labor cost makes it one of a kind system which has a lot of advantages over conventional methods. However, comparatively higher installation price and maintenance cost associated with such automation system may be higher, but benefits associated with the installation of such system is very high.

  2. Feargal Roche says:

    I am interested in looking at your AS/RS solutions for a new off-site storage facility at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

    Thank you,


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