What is the value of unused space? It can have significant value for companies that choose to take advantage of it in storage facilities.
Automated storage and retrieval systems, such as Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) take advantage of unused overhead space to recover 60% to 85% of the floor space typically required by shelving and drawer systems.
Vertical storage and retrieval systems, such as Sapient Automation’s Viper® VLM and Avenger® Vertical Carousel, are designed with rotating shelves that move up or down in response to operator commands, delivering items at an ergonomically positioned window for easy removal.
Because of their vertical design, these systems can be used to link multiple operations located on different floors, further reducing the amount of space required for storage and retrieval activities while improving workflow.
The space savings benefits of vertical storage and retrieval systems, however, are just a small piece of the savings potential of these systems. There are a number of reasons why reducing the amount of space required by storage and retrieval systems can result in significant savings in time and money.
Reason 1: Conventional static storage systems like shelving require employees to spend up to 70% of their time traveling aisles searching for items. Vertical automated storage and retrieval systems deliver items automatically totheoperator, eliminating wasted walk andsearch time. The access area of vertical systems is ergonomically designed to present stored items at an ideal height for picking, usually about waist high. Typically, an operator’s walk and search time is reversed from that of conventional systems to 70% picking and only 30% dwell time. In many applications, this reversal of walk and search time can reduce labor requirements by up to 66%. Even with a smaller workforce, productivity can increase by an average of more than 2.5 times in typical applications.
Reason 2: Vertical storage and retrieval systems also offer increased picking speed and accuracy when compared with rack and shelving systems. Intuitive controls and software allow organizations to use batch picking and integrated pick-to-light technology to improve throughput up to 500% in some applications. With the addition of position indicators, information displays, bar code scanning devices, inventory management and control software, picking accuracy can improve to 99.99%.
Reason 3: Redundant or non-essential handling can be reduced with vertical systems. Throughput improves, and the time saved results in less operating cost and improved customer service. Vertical storage and retrieval systems can be integrated with ERP and WMS software to provide precise inventory management.
Reason 4: Since vertical systems are totally enclosed and lockable, they protect products from external hazards and reduce product damage and pilfering. Because of this, inventories can often be reduced. Access to vertical storage and retrieval systems can be controlled and tracked making it easy to keep specific items or groups of items secure from unauthorized personnel.
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Reason 5: By reducing the amount of space required for storage and retrieval operations, companies can construct smaller, more energy efficient buildings, shrinking the construction footprint by up to 15% in some cases, conserving natural resources and reducing maintenance costs. This improved space utilization helps reduce energy costs, which helps reduce an organization’s overall carbon footprint.
Return on investment for vertical storage and retrieval systems can be as fast as 18 months.
Vertical storage and retrieval systems are deigned to significantly reduce to space necessary for storage and retrieval operations, allowing that recovered floor space to be used in revenue generating operations. However, there are other benefits as well, and when those benefits are combined with space savings, the resulting reduction in costs and improvement in productivity can boost the performance of any business.
Sapient Automation, a subsidiary of MDCI, is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution, warehouses, institutions, retail and wholesale. For information about the Vertical Storage and Retrieval Systems, please call 888-451-9711, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Sapient Automation web site at www.GetSapient.com.