March 05 2013


Common Misconceptions of Using Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems

In a study conducted by Aberdeen, a marketing research group, 134 companies were surveyed about their overall perception of automated solutions. Approximately 42% said they were apprehensive about automated solutions due to the perceived high cost. As this survey demonstrates, high cost is the main misconception by companies when considering adding an automated storage system.

By automating your warehouse system you are actually saving money by reducing your labor and product damage cost. Because these systems are computer controlled, they significantly reduce the number of physical hands that need to touch the products, which in turn prevents the amount of human accidents. Using our high-density storage solutions will help cut costs as well. These systems utilize up to 40% less space. In refrigerated systems this can help lower operating costs 30-40%.

Automating system

Another common misconception in automated solutions is their inherent flexibility. Automated storage and retrieval systems are extremely versatile. They can be installed in existing facilities as well as be designed to fit in brand new warehouses. We pride ourselves in being able to maximize your storage space, which is why we focus on high-density storage. Most of our systems can go up to 130 feet high or as low as 20 feet. By combining loads and utilizing your existing space you can avoid having to purchase or lease offsite storage.


At Westfalia our applications engineering group has the flexibility to analyze your business and product flow, optimize your warehouse space and design a solution that is customized to your specific needs. Our automated storage and retrieval systems present a unique opportunity to cut labor, electrical and other operating costs, and raise customer service levels. Our systems have had proven success with a number of different companies, many of which had misconceptions about automated solutions. Today’s modern warehousing systems are required to process increasingly complex tasks and provide reliability and flexibility for future needs. Once you understand the benefits of automating your system, the decision becomes simple. For more information on our automated solutions, please visit our website.