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Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)

The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) from Applied Cobotics is designed to assist collaborative robots and other types of automation robots by consistently loading and unloading material dunnage trays within the cobot/robot-accessible work area. Our experiences with the implementation of cobot automation led us to the fact that one tray of parts did not take advantage of the cobot’s full potential. Operators might be called to other tasks or change shifts, resutling in significant cobot downtime. Our solution was to design and build the ASRS to enhance any robot's productivity, run a higher mix of parts, and ultimately receive a greater return on investment.

The ASRS from Applied Cobotics features a vertical lead screw-driven shelf, and a horizontal tray loader/unloader that provides accurate and reliable motion. In addition, tray rack towers are engineered for the ASRS and offer open-spaced shelving that accommodates various part sizes up to 18-inches in height. The rack towers are also capable of holding up to 17 trays, eliminating the need for a worker to remove and reload material from the cobot work zone periodically. The resulting boost in robot productivity can be increased anywhere from 10- to 20-times that of standard means. The ASRS can easily be implemented to automate most CNC lathes, Mills, and many other types of robotic-aided manufacturing for long-running, unattended operation.

Additional Features

  • Compatible with pallet jacks
  • Easy setup
  • Compatible with most cobots
  • HMI touch screen display for easy lift control
  • Plug and play solution
  • Removeable, portable cart (optional)
  • SICK Safety floor scanner (optional)

Cobot Customization and Accessories

  • Dunnage parts trays: Custom design, print, and/or production via our 3D Printing and Thermoformer capabilities.
  • Parts tray rack tower: Holds up to 17 trays. Part heights up to 18 inches. Wheels lock in place to the ASRS.
  • Gripper options include 2-finger, 3-finger, and electronic collaborative kits.
  • Custom gripper fingers for those unique objects that fall outside the standard gripper offerings.


  • Overall dimensions: 55″ x 41″ x 76″
  • Standard aluminum or stainless tray dimensions: 18″ x 26″
  • Weight: 1200 lb
  • Power Required: 220V Single Phase
  • Tray Tower capacity: 17 Trays
  • Max tray capacity: Base model = 50 lb, Upgraded model = 150 lb


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