Carousels are an efficient storage and retrieval solution available in two types: horizontal and vertical. Both serve the same function of presenting an item to the user, which is known as part-to-picker technology and is a variant of Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS).

Horizontal Carousels are designed like shelving units on a track that move horizontally in a loop, while Vertical Carousels comprise a series of trays that move vertically in a loop. Each bin or tray is assigned an address that can be selected manually through a control station or computer-selected to match a predetermined pick sequence.

Carousels provide an ideal way to retrieve small and medium-sized parts, files, and components efficiently while also ensuring a degree of security and inventory management. Parts picking carousels are often utilized in groups or pods of two to four to eliminate idle time for pickers. Light bars are frequently used to assist in picking by indicating where the pick should be made and how many pieces should be picked.

Carousels are available in various sizes to meet specific storage and retrieval needs. While picking from carousels can be highly efficient with several hundred picks per hour for the right merchandise, they cannot be stocked and picked from simultaneously. Therefore, stocking must be scheduled in off-picking hours, and enough merchandise should be stocked in the carousel to last through the entire picking shift.

Carousel control can range from a simple dial with a location for each address to a sophisticated computer download from a Warehouse Management System (WMS) with an integral light bar for picking and stocking.

As a type of AS/RS, carousels can also be used as production tools for work in process
or as buffers and transporters between workstations. They are also useful for automatic testing or burn-in of electronics, motors, and other similar applications.

Additional Benefits of Carousels Include:

  • Improved Accuracy: By assigning each bin or tray a unique address, carousels reduce the chances of errors during picking and inventory management.
  • Space-Saving: Carousels take advantage of vertical space and can store a large number of items in a small footprint.
  • Time-Saving: With carousels, pickers can retrieve items quickly and easily, without having to walk long distances or search through multiple shelves or bins.
  • Reduced Labor Costs: Since carousels eliminate the need for pickers to search for items manually, they can help reduce labor costs and increase productivity.
  • Enhanced Safety: Carousels are designed to keep items secure and organized, reducing the risk of injury or damage to the stored items.
  • Customizable: Carousels come in a wide range of sizes and configurations, making it easy to customize them to suit specific storage and retrieval needs.
  • Scalable: Carousels can be easily expanded or modified to accommodate changing inventory levels or business needs.

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