Daifuku Mini Load

Maximize floor space with a high-density mini load AS/RS system

Daifuku's Mini Load Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) is a high-throughput, high density storage system that maximizes use of available cube space. Ideal for high-volume order picking or storage for manufacturing operations, this mini load can store totes, cartons, trays, rolls, and more. It’s also suitable for low-noise applications and cold storage operations for fresh or frozen goods.  

Choosing the right AS/RS to fit your product and operating conditions can be difficult. Our engineers have the expertise and experience to find the best technology to fit your specific requirements. Contact us today to start discussing your goals.

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How It Works

Daifuku’s Mini Load AS/RS is operated by a crane mast that travels up and down the aisle while a load handling device travels vertically on the mast to reach into the rack. Cartons are generally brought into the AS/RS via conveyors to a pick-up station where the AS/RS load handling device grabs the pallet. Load handling devices are generally a shuttle fork, side belt or side clamp.

Once the carton is secured the AS/RS crane travels to the correct lane location while the mast raises or lowers to the proper row height. Once at the proper lane location and row height the load handling device extends and drops the carton off in the rack for storage. The carton is stored in the AS/RS until it is ready to be retrieved. Once the retrieve command is sent to the AS/RS the process is reversed with the AS/RS going to the proper lane and row location to retrieve the product, then take it to a drop off location. After the carton is dropped off a conveyor system often takes the carton to the next process.

Features & Benefits

  • Quiet operation
  • Variable acceleration rates
  • Ergonomic workstations for reduced operator fatigue
  • Flexible design allows for easy expansion
  • Regained floor space
  • Inventory accuracy and control
  • Increased productivity and throughput
  • Increased employee safety


  • Load weight capacity: 66-662 lbs. (30-300 kg)
  • S/R machine height: 10-66 feet (3-26 meters)

The above specs may vary depending upon individual system configurations and custom modifications that may be available to better meet your exact application.

The availability of overhead space in your specific facility will determine the height of the racking. Aisle length and the number of aisles available for use in your facility are based on your available floor space and building layout. Load size and throughput requirements do affect the speed of the AS/RS system and are also considered when determining AS/RS configuration.

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