Tornado Mini Load AS/RS | Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems

Fast, versatile stacker cranes for mini load AS/RS systems

Swisslog’s Tornado Mini Load ASRS crane automatically stores and retrieves small loads like totes, trays, and cartons in a fast and reliable manner helping to improve throughput, inventory control, and ergonomics. This system is an ideal solution for reserve storage for manual pick modules or goods to person systems, storing parts and WIP (work in progress) in production environments, buffer storage, refrigerated and frozen storage 23°F (-5°C), and stainless-steel applications for the food & beverage sector.

Swisslog's Tornado is an extremely fast mini load crane thanks to its lightweight aluminum mast, modern control technology and an energy-saving design. With an abundance of automated storage options available, it can be difficult to find the best option to meet your needs. Bastian Solutions experts  have the experience and expertise to make sure you find and integrate the best automated storage solution to meet your goals.

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How It Works

The Tornado is designed from the ground up to be quick, efficient, and effective in mini-load automated storage and retrieval operations. The mini load crane moves up and down a single aisle to both store and retrieve products in single deep, double deep, or quadruple deep configurations. Depending on your needs, two standard load handling devices are available:

  • TelescopeLoader – for containers and trays in ledger angle racks up to 250kg
  • CartonLoader – for containers and trays on shelf racks up to 70kg

To maximize throughput, two load handling devices can be implemented per mini load crane.


  • Distribution centers
  • Production storage
  • Buffer storage
  • Chilled or frozen storage (-28°C)
  • Stainless steel applications in the food & beverage sector (i.e. meat industry)

Features & Benefits

  • Lower operating costs, then other comparable cranes
  • Patented lightweight crane mast minimizes energy consumption and maintenance costs
  • Weight optimization and energy recuperation system decreases lifetime energy costs
  • Modular design for cost-efficient commissioning, transport and installation
  • Reduced spare parts inventory due to unique shared components concept
  • Reliable operation, high uptime and long intervals between servicing
  • Optimized design for easy service and maintenance


  • Maximum height: 78 ft. (24 m)
  • Minimum height: 11 ft. (3.5 m)
  • Maximum load weight: 264 lbs. (120 kg)
  • Maximum aisle length: 492 ft. (150 m)
  • Operating temperatures: 23°F to 104°F (-5°C to 40°C)

The above specifications may vary depending upon individual system configuration.


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