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Navigating Tomorrow: The Evolution of SRSI’s RAFT System in Warehousing

Welcome to the future of warehousing, where precision meets adaptability, introducing: the SRSI RAFT system. A modern solution for the next generation of warehouse industry leaders. Implementing this system ensures immediate and noticeable benefits, instilling confidence in new RAFT customers as they witness a reduction in labor costs and a significant enhancement in overall warehouse efficiency. In an exclusive interview with Steve Wilson, a key expert behind this revolutionary technology, we delve deep into the intricacies that set RAFT apart in the competitive landscape of the warehouse industry. 

Understanding the Unique Features of RAFT

The system dares you to gaze into the future as it’s built to outlast and improve as the years go on. At its core, RAFT (Right Angle Fast Transfer) represents a modern reinvention of Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS), boasting the Swift Current Warehouse Execution System (WES) and Robot Control System (RCS). This ASRS technology was built to battle the demanding needs of a modern warehouse today. SRSI’s RAFT solution is a fully automated solution to high-density pallet storage warehouses, but what sets it apart from others in the industry is its ability to swiftly navigate inventory storage and order fulfillment through SRSI’s very own proprietary technology, Swift Current WES. RAFT allows companies to improve inventory management, order processing speed, and real-time data analysis. According to Steve Wilson, RAFT’s approach is meticulous: “We always know, with certainty, where every robot is and where every pallet is located.” Providing such easy, accessible, and accurate data is the sole source of a successful warehouse operation. 

The Orchestra of Efficiency: WES and RCS

The synergy between the Swift Current WES and RCS forms the brain of RAFT. The WES optimizes tasks derived from the Warehouse Management System (WMS), orchestrating the most efficient picking, put-away, and travel paths. Wilson explains: “The RCS will update in real-time and communicate to the WES, which will then communicate to the host system.” This ensures real-time accuracy, flexibility and scalability that encapsulates the RAFT system. 

Unlocking Three-Dimensional and Modular Adaptability

RAFT’s claim to fame lies in its three-dimensional and modular nature. Steve Wilson highlights the flexibility that allows gradual build-up: “It’s like building blocks. You don’t have to put 40,000 pallet positions at once.” The plug-and-play design enhances scalability, enabling the seamless integration of new robots and locations.

The ongoing RAFT project in South Carolina stands as a shining example of its transformative impact. According to Wilson, “We’re live with about 13,000 positions and 3 VTUs (Vertical Transfer Unit) and 10 robots. Steve continues about the impact of the RAFT system stating that the client enthusiastically “invites anyone to visit their site and is eager to show it off thanks to the RAFT and the now exciting plans they have in store.” 

Looking Ahead: RAFT Redefining the Future

In conclusion, RAFT is not just a system; it’s a game-changer for the warehouse industry. RAFT’s ongoing projects and success stories propel the industry into a future where precision, adaptability, and efficiency converge to redefine the very essence of warehousing operations. SRSI is creating self-sufficient warehouse solutions for companies to stay on top of their data, decrease costs, scale as they need, and improve efficiency all while doing so. Stay tuned as SRSI continues to reshape the future of warehousing. By choosing RAFT today, we can help navigate tomorrow. 

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