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A world first - Low oxygen, BS5454:2000 compliant AS/RS archive store

On 18th September 2008, Mike Wilson, Managing Director of Logistics Simulation gave a presentation to members of International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA).  The presentation was held at the Additional Storage Programme (ASP) Building in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, UK.  Logistics Simulation acted as logistics consultants to the British Library, which saw FKI Logistex provide the materials handling solution and Warehouse Management System (WMS).

The ASP is designed to store 262 linear kilometres of books and newspapers in compliance with BS5454:2000 environmental conditions.  The automated goods-to-man solution comprises of a seven 20m cranes which retrieve bespoke containers from high density racking.  To act as a fire suppressant the storage area will be kept in a low oxygen environment (OxyReduct®).  Approximately seven million items will be stored in the facility, a bespoke WMS solution was required as items are not barcoded and most do not have a unique reference id.

The topic of the presentation was a comparison between the bespoke solution designed as an archive with a lifespan of 70 years and a typical FMCG warehouse.

Here is a link to the BBC news story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8393710.stm

Dave Morrow
Logistics Simulation
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