High-tech, automated and robotic technologies, including automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated storage/ retrieval systems (AS/RS), have become increasingly commonplace in all types of industrial facilities in the past decade. This is certainly true for cold storage facilities, where AGVs are regularly used to improve throughput speed of products from end-of-line equipment to shipping. AS/RS systems are also widely implemented to improve safety and efficiency throughout cold storage facilities. As distribution centres continue to grow vertically, these automated picking systems can effectively and safely reach product at various levels without putting the human workforce in dangerous situations.
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