How Mini Load Works
The unique compact design of the Mini Load AS/RS allows you to store more material in less space. These AS/RS systems are designed with strong, lightweight alloys making the mini load less expensive to install, operate, and maintain. More specifically, the lightness of these alloys allow for much faster performance, making these machines significantly more productive than their technical ancestors.
The most common usage of this class of AS/RS is for small parts storage and management for picking and order fulfillment. Often paired with a hybrid combination of flow lanes and static racks or shelves, the Mini load provides the best solution for those SKU's that represent the mid-range of activity.
In this configuration, pans of parts are stored in the system in random order. Each pan may have multiple SKU's located loosely in the pan, or in specifically segmented and labeled partitions within the pan. The computer system knows where every part is in the system, and on request, brings the pan containing the needed SKU to the operator picking station.
The design of the front end of the Mini-Load allows for work to be “in-queue” for the picking operator. Application and design methodologies are used by Bastian engineers to carefully balance the capability of the Mini-Load with the ability of the operator to perform the picking and fulfillment process. This balancing is designed to optimize the system, but also to insure that a significant degree of scalability is built into the design – allowing productive use of the technology during low as well as high activity periods.
The AS/RS Mini Load is available in many different horizontal and vertical speeds to match your requirements. In addition, variable acceleration rates ensure load stability. Despite the AS/RS’s high speed, the machine remarkably quiet, operating at usual office sound levels.
For maintenance efficiency, AS/RS Mini Load’s drives and components have been carefully placed for easy access and quick repairs making installations simpler and faster.