November 14 2003 |Written By bluefish

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods - AS/RS: Making Missions Possible

{image_1}Westfalia's Dan Labell was recently featured in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' article, "AS/RS: Making Missions Possible." Editor-in-Chief, Marina Mayer explains, If you’ve ever worked in a freezer or even just walked in and out of one for brief periods of time, you know—it’s cold! But, exposing employees to harsh conditions can no longer be acceptable.

Case in point—the human body wasn’t designed to work in sub-zero temperatures, yet the majority of frozen food operations still conduct warehousing activities manually, says Dan Labell, president of Westfalia Technologies, Inc.

“Cold storage facilities are difficult places to work and typically require frequent warm-up breaks,” he adds. “Today, automation is being used more often to deliver product from a freezer to a warmer environment for picking. Automation is not being used to replace labor, but to decouple it from the necessity of working in a sub-zero environment.”

Thankfully, today’s automated storage retrieval systems (AS/RS) make it so workers can complete tasks in normal temperatures without disrupting the mission.

Click here to read the full article.

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Westfalia's automated high-density multiple deep storage systems can store unit loads from 3-18 pallets deep, deploy anywhere from 500-42,000 pallet positions and can be constructed up to 150 feet tall.

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