It’s possible you don’t even realize how much time and floor space you are wasting at your manufacturing plant using traditional storage methods. Static racks and conventional bins require more floor space, which puts parts storage further away from the point of use. Production parts stored away from the production line wastes time and creates additional distractions and work for employees assembling products. Well now you can increase your productivity and space efficiency by locating Kardex Vertical Lift Modules for parts storage adjacent to the production lines.
The Kardex Vertical Lift Modules are vertical parts shuttles that use overhead airspace to store parts. The vertical parts shuttles bring parts inventory to the production line worker at a waist high ergonomic counter. Employees no longer have to spend time searching through a maze of static shelving and bins because requested parts and kits are brought directly to the point of use on the production line. One of our customers, increased picking productivity by 25% and reduced reclamations from miss picked items and errors by 80%. Also, they reduced their inventory because they were able to find and mange parts inventory with the system’s integrated pick to light and FastPic® plug and play inventory management software. (view VLM photo gallery)
The Kardex Vertical Lift Module takes your unused overhead airspace and turns it into productive storage space. Storing parts in a vertical parts shuttle allows more parts to be located right where they are needed, next to a production line. The Vertical Lift Module is an enclosed storage system that consists of vertically arranged trays that that can extend up to 98’ high. The lift’s trays will store small, medium and even large parts all in the same storage unit. The vertical lift trays come in a variety of widths from 47” wide to 168”wide and tray depths from 24” deep to 50” deep with unlimited partitioning possibilities to maximize the number of parts available for picking. The vertical parts shuttle trays are adjustable on one inch increments and will store medium sized and large parts in the same unit with the most active parts stored closest to the work counter. The Kardex Vertical Lift Modules come with doors that lock shut access to parts for extra security of your manufacturing parts. To give you an example of how a vertical parts shuttle can impact your manufacturing facility, one of our customers purchased four Kardex VLMs to consolidate their production parts and service parts and wound up reducing their storage area from 2,000 square feet to 242 square feet, which is a 75% savings.
Here is a list of the benefits of a Kardex VLM:
• Saves up to 80% of floorspace compared to traditional bin storage methods• Ergonomic storage and retrieval workstation• Locates, tracks, accounts, and manages parts with FastPic® inventory management software• Quick return on investment• Scalable design storing a wide range of part sizes (small, medium, large)• Provides a lockable secured storage environment for inventory• Dust protection for parts• Eliminates bottlenecks to streamline the flow of materials to the production line• Improves customer service providing quicker response time to ordered parts and product• Prevents building expansions, and additional offsite storage facilities by maximizing the use of overhead air space• Increases worker morale and attitudes
If you’re ready to see how Kardex Vertical Lift Modules will consolidate your manufacturing plant storage floor space and increase productivity, then give us a call 1-800-803-1083 or send us an email. We offer a free 30 minute phone storage assessment with one of our experienced sales engineers to provide space and time savings expectations and investment calculations for your project.