Spare parts and additional items for order fulfillment are usually stored in a special parts warehouse in most business enterprises. In small businesses these storage solutions are static: Employees must walk around to find and retrieve parts on their own according to the "man to goods" principle. This is very time-consuming – there is also a relatively high risk of picking errors and mistakes. An automated spare parts storage system and warehouse is a more efficient solution.
These automated warehouses are controlled by special software applications that support automated put and pick operations. Automated spare parts storage saves a lot of time and reduces workloads considerably: The software requests the retrieval of specified items and a mechanical device locates the right storage bin, removes it from the shelf and brings it to the order fulfillment area. Once an employee has picked the required item from the bin, it is automatically returned to its proper shelf. Throughput time is reduced, and there are fewer picking errors.