Automated Vertical Storage System Solutions

Posted on Mar 9 2016 - 1:26pm by Guest Authors

An automated vertical storage system is a contained access system that takes advantage of typically unused vertical storage space in a warehouse. They are the solution for many challenges found in warehouses and shop floors across the world today. Vertical Storage USA offers three main types of storage solutions: Vertical Lift Modules; Vertical Storage Carousels; and Horizontal Storage Carousels.

Vertical Lift Modules are enclosed systems with vertically arranged trays stored on both sides of the unit with an extractor device placed in the center. With the ability to better organize, store and retrieve the inventory in a facility, the square footage of a warehouse can simultaneously be maximized. These systems conveniently store all inventory items in one location which both increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the order picking process. Vertical Lift Modules greatly reduce the risk associated with product picking by storing all inventory in one location and by utilizing an automated picking system.

Vertical Storage Carousels are motorized machines that store parts on vertically rotating shelves that automatically deliver the parts to an ergonomic countertop. They also increase productivity over more traditional, static solutions and improve the organization of inventory in one, convenient and secure location. These carousels reduce the risk of employee injury by removing heavy machinery from order picking which also improves employee satisfaction. Enhance security with password protected graphical user interface Horizontal Storage Carousels have an oval track for rotating vertical bins with shelves that deliver stored goods to the operator.

They are compact and convenient. These work best with high volume picking rates and overall man hours should be reduced by a horizontal carousel storage system.

An automated vertical storage system has several advantages over conventional systems such as the following:

Space Savings

Space is at a premium in warehouses and on shop floors; and since space equals money, it makes sense to utilize every cubic foot within a building. Vertical warehouse storage systems help by optimizing previously unused vertical space and effectively increasing the storage capacity (while occupying only a small footprint). The amount of floor space required can often be reduced by between 75 and 90 percent. This means that the same amount of goods can be stored on a footprint 10 to 25 percent the size of the original space.

Increased Productivity

An automated vertical storage system can help employees to quickly locate parts or products without the need to search up and down aisles. After inputting the product name, order number or parts list into the control pad or computer interface, the requested materials are delivered to the vertical lift module’s access point. This, along with a verification system, ensures correctly picked orders and reduces the number of mistakes.

Fewer Order-Picking Errors

Laser pointers, matrix position light strips, and put-to-light systems guide the user directly to the correct place and there is scanning system which can be used to check that the correct goods have been selected. Typically the error rate drops compared to when picking orders from shelves; this can generate significant savings while improving the reputation of the company among its customers.

Better Inventory Management

The software can count the stock every time a storage space is emptied; this leads to better management and reduces the risk of ordering too much stock or not having enough.

Cleaner Goods

Automated storage systems can protect goods from sunlight and dust by keeping them in enclosed containers. With particularly sensitive goods it is possible to regulate the climate in the storage system and maintain clean room conditions.

Improved Ergonomics and Working Environment

In a conventional shelving system, orders are often picked from completely different, heights and sometimes ladders have to be used. In an automated storage system, the goods can be conveyed to the employee at an ergonomically manageable height every time. Vertical storage systems, for example, deliver materials at a the height of a worktable. This means no bending over, no straining to reach high shelves, and no climbing ladders. This means the injury risk is reduced and generally means higher job satisfaction level for employees who regularly use the vertical storage system.

Enhanced Security

An automated vertical storage system, such as the ones offered by Vertical Storage, can have a lockable door for areas where there are valuable materials or parts and which could be easily removed from the premises. Additionally, all access to a vertical storage solution can be tracked by computer, which reduces losses of stock and increases accountability.

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