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AS/RS Industry Group Releases Fall 2009 Report

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) Industry Group of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released it's Fall 2009 Quarterly Report titled Automated Storage Systems Make a Play for Sustainability. The report asserts that automated storage is at the forefront of minimizing energy consumption, reducing carbon footprints and making the overall supply chain more green.

Whether you’re talking about a multi-aisle AS/RS, a horizontal or vertical carousel or a vertical lift module (VLM), these systems, by their very nature, minimize the size of a facility’s overall footprint as well as its carbon footprint. Automated storage makes better use of vertical space in facilities. That allows storage of the same number of units in a smaller footprint that requires less concrete, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

In food storage applications, for example, automated storage systems reduce the square footage that needs to be refrigerated. Taller storage systems save up to 30% in cooling costs for refrigerated warehouses.

“The ability of automated storage systems to store inventory more densely eliminates the need for energy to heat, cool, light and ventilate excess square footage,” says Hanel Storage Systems’ Brian Cohen, chairman of MHIA’s AS/RS Industry Group.

Automated warehouses also require less lighting, which further reduces energy consumption. And in closed-loop environments, reusable plastic totes and pallets in automated storage systems help reduce the amount of transport packaging that wind up in landfills.

View the complete report — Automated Storage Systems Make a Play for Sustainability.

Quarterly Reports are a new information source from several Industry Groups of MHIA. Each report will focus on trends in the use of material handling and logistics equipment, such as guided vehicles or automated storage, to solve challenges in the plant and warehouse ranging from sustainability to productivity in the new economy.

Members of MHIA Industry Groups are suppliers of material handling and logistics equipment and systems. These industry experts make it their business to evaluate operational challenges and solve them efficiently and cost effectively. That makes them authoritative sources for solutions to challenges that end users face on a daily basis.

AS/RS is an Industry Group of MHIA. AS/RS 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 is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling 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 2011 and NA 2010 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.

Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.

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