Automated Storage and Retrieval System

Vertical Lift Module Storage System

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A vertical lift module (VLM) is an enclosed system that consists of two columns of trays with an inserter/extractor in the center. The VLM inserter/extractor automatically locates stored trays and retrieves trays from both the front and back of the unit with a push of a button and delivers them to the operator at an ergonomically positioned pick window. Designed to deliver stored items to the operator and eliminate walk and search time, the VLM can increase productivity up to 2/3.

Vertical Lift Modules are available in various heights and widths to meet every application. Utilizing the floor to ceiling height and storing trays in height optimized positions allows the VLM to save up to 85% floor space when compared to standard shelving. With the VLM organizations can expand operations internally without a brick and mortar building expansion, or consolidate multiple facilities.

Increased Picking Speed – The VLM presents stock to the operator on the goods to man principle. The correct tray will be brought by the extractor to the access level. Software will tell the operator how many items to pick. The VLM will also sort stock into an optimum picking sequence minimizing machine travel time. Anticipated improvements in picking speeds are four-fold.

Saving Space – The VLM has an extremely high capacity within the smallest of foot print. Floor space savings of 80% will be typical when compared with conventional storage products.

Saving Time – The VLM delivers the selected tray to the access position in a matter of seconds. Lengthy periods of time wasted searching for stock are a thing of the past.

Health and Safety – The HSE guidelines on manual handling are comprehensive and clearly make employers responsible for introducing automation where possible to avoid the risks associated with manual handling. We estimate that 80% of the physical effort associated with manual systems will be eliminated by the introduction of Shuttle.

Better Protection – The contents of the VLM are protected against dust and unauthorized access. The units have internal shutter doors and additional options include PIN access control, fire protection and environmental temperature control.

Software & Controls – Successful installations have at their heart a fully integrated software package linking the VLM to their host IT systems ensuring that maximum benefits can be derived from this integrated approach.