Streamline storage and seize new opportunities
While forklift storage is a practical, widely accepted method of storage and retrieval for many bulk storage applications, it has a few drawbacks both operationally and financially. Automation eliminates these drawbacks by providing a more reliable, more efficient system superior to even the most advanced forklifts.
The traditional forklift has rigid restrictions on how much weight it can handle and how high that weight can be lifted. This restricts the size of objects that can be stored, as well as how they are stored. For example, in marine applications, forklifts are limited to storing the largest boats on the lowest racks, which presents the potential for serious damage if even mid-size boats are lifted beyond the forklift’s capacity. Forklifts also cannot store multiple vessels deep on the same rack.
Forklifts are constantly in need of maintenance, repair, and even replacement, which adds up over the years. Additionally, finding a highly skilled forklift operator can also be a challenge. The best forklift operators cost more to retain compared to less-experienced peers, and facility owners may simply not be able to afford to keep them on payroll.
However, ASAR technology typically costs around $15 per hour to operate.
Arguably the most important benefit of automated storage over the traditional forklift method is the liberation of conventionally unusable space. Because of the substantial amount of space forklifts require to maneuver vessels throughout the storage facility, owners must sacrifice valuable cubic space that could be otherwise used for storage of boats, cars, or large shipping containers.
Unlike the forklift method, the belt-driven automated storage system can safely store multiple cars, boats, or containers deep on one level and store even the heaviest items on the upper racks with a height ceiling of up to 65 feet. Since this system is entirely automated and effectively replaces the traditional forklift, there is no need for equipment operators. The reliability of automation helps increase overall safety by reducing the risk for damage, operator error, and equipment malfunction.
The reliability of automated dry-stack systems significantly reduces operational, maintenance and repair costs. The tilt-wall structures that house this technology boast a four-hour fire rating, superior storm protection, and heat and sound insulation. While the additional safety features of tilt-wall construction increase up-front construction cost, it results in insurance premiums of up to 15% lower than a pre-engineered metal building.