How Much Additional Capacity Will Automated Racking Systems Provide?

Automated Racking System

Automated Racking Solutions can deliver a number of significant benefits; however, the one thing that gets people turned on to the concept is how much additional capacity it can deliver.

Once the potential to increase capacity, often exponentially, is established, the supplementary benefits such as improved throughput, improved safety, reduced operating costs and reduced energy bills, become the financial icing on the Return on Investment cake.

However, the initial driving factor for most customers is increasing capacity.

As a rule of thumb, we generally say the AUTOCUBETM automated racking solution can deliver an increase in capacity of circa 50-400%.

As you can imagine, the question of how much additional capacity you can achieve for your warehouse, is a bit like the old adage, how long is a piece of string?

The exact amount of additional pallets will depend on many factors, including:

  • The storage system currently employed
  • The pallet sizes
  • The throughput required
  • The available cubic space of the warehouse
  • The number of SKUs

And even then, there will be additional factors which influence the extra capacity, for example, the aisle widths currently being used and the type of forklift trucks used.

So, it is likely you would be able to achieve more of an increase in capacity with a warehouse which had static pallet racking compared to one which had push back or drive-in racking.

You would be able to increase capacity more in a warehouse which had static pallet racking with aisle widths of 4 metres compared to one which had narrow aisle racking.

If the type of forklift truck combined with the weight of the pallets was preventing you from using the full height in the warehouse, automated racking could provide you with a solution to increase the number of pallets high you are storing.

However, it would be foolish and misguided to focus solely on the storage capacity of the warehouse.

If you expect to be retrieving 100 pallets per hour from the warehouse and loading them onto the wagons, your automated system must be able to meet this demand. This key performance specification will probably require additional lifts, smart carriers and travel lanes which will inevitably impact capacity.

And so, all other things being equal, a warehouse solution with a throughput of 30 pallets per hour will be able to accommodate more capacity than a warehouse with a throughout of 100 pallets per hour.

Check out Our Introduction to Automated Racking Video

Specific Case Studies Projects

Thistle System enabled one of the UK’s leading drinks companies to achieve a 242% increase in capacity from their existing approach of block-stacking their pallets to using a semi-automated shuttle solution. Click here to read the full case study

We showed one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies how they could store the same number of pallets in just 29% of the available warehouse space. Our Automated Racking Solution gave them the option of more than trebling their capacity, creating additional production space or consolidating other storage facilities.

We demonstrated how a leading player in the food and beverage industry could transform their warehouse using our AUTOCUBETM automated racking system to achieve a 58% increase in capacity. Also, the solution delivered significant improvements in efficiency and most importantly, create a safe, forklift and operator free ultra-high-density storage area.

If you are looking to increase your capacity or are simply interested in finding out more about Automated Racking Solutions, contact us now on 01236 453888 or use our online enquiry form.

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