Definition: What is a Horizontal Carousel?
A storage device known as horizontal carousel consists of a fixed number of adjacent storage columns or bays. These bays are linked mechanically to either an overhead or floor-mounted drive mechanism. This link forms a complete loop.
Each column consists of a fixed number of storage locations or bins. In most cases, they are built using a welded wire frame. Containers or totes are inserted and retrieved either manually or using an automatic inserter/extractor mechanism.
Rotation of the carousel that brings a specific storage location to the picking location, is in almost all cases controlled automatically.
During horizontal carousel operation, a series of bins revolve on an oval track. Every bin has shelves which are adjustable to .75” and can be configured for standard and special applications. An operator enters a bin number, part number or cell location into the system, and the carousel will use the shortest path to rotate towards it.
Horizontal carousels can save up to 75 percent of floorspace, as well as increasing productivity by 2/3.
Horizontal carousels generally outperform most robotic systems for a fraction of the cost. As an automatic storage and retrieval system, horizontal carousels are considered the most cost-effective.
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