Vertical storage lift systems are innovative solutions that offer significant advantages over traditional storage methods. These automated systems maximize storage space and increase available floor space. These storage solutions can also improve efficiency and enhance safety in industrial facilities.

We offer several different types of vertical storage lift systems. Vertical carousels and vertical lift modules can store diverse smaller parts and products. Specialized vertical lift systems provide fully automated storage for long goods, bar stock, pipe, tubing, steel plates, and other oversized materials. The bar stock vertical lift systems automatically store and retrieve these long goods, protecting the materials from damage and minimizing the risk of injury to personnel.

Read on to learn about the benefits and features of vertical lift systems, including applications for general storage and pipe and bar stock. To view more industrial storage solutions, view our market page.

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Benefits of Vertical Lift Systems

Space Savings

Storing Plate Material, Pipe, & Bar StockVertical storage lift systems utilize overhead space to provide more storage capacity in a smaller footprint. This compact storage solution reduces the space occupied by bulky stationary storage methods and allows you to store more usable inventory. A vertical storage lift system can eliminate the need for costly expansions and recover up to 80% of your valuable floor space. Visit our online store to see our industrial storage products.

Increased Efficiency

Automated vertical lift systems provide quicker access to stored parts, products, and long goods, increasing warehouse efficiency and productivity. These vertical storage solutions deliver the item you need to an ergonomic access point at the push of a button, eliminating manual search time. You can also integrate these automated storage systems into your warehouse automation processes to increase efficiency.

Improved Safety

Storing bulky, long, and heavy items can pose a safety hazard to personnel, especially when manually retrieving bar stock from static long material storage racks at dangerous heights or by forklift. However, a long goods automated storage system alleviates these risks. The vertical lift system delivers these heavy products at an ergonomic height and enables overhead loading and unloading as needed, promoting improved workplace safety. These automated vertical storage rack systems also reduce the risk of damage to the stored products.


vertical storage lift oversized materialsVertical storage lift systems are highly customizable and adaptable to your storage needs. Vertical lift modules provide flexible storage for items ranging from small to bulky, with the system automatically adapting to changing inventory. Long material vertical lift systems can also store a wide range of heavy and bulky products, including bar stock, pipes, beams, tubing, trim lumber, extrusions, dies, and steel plates.

Vertical Lift Systems for General Storage

Vertical carousels and vertical lift modules are popular automated storage and retrieval systems designed to save space, increase productivity and enhance inventory control. Vertical carousels are a series of rotating shelves accessed through a central opening. In contrast, vertical lift modules consist of two or more columns of trays or bins retrieved by a motorized extractor.

Both systems are highly automated, allowing users to quickly retrieve items without manually searching for them. They are customizable to fit your storage needs and integrated with inventory management software to provide real-time inventory tracking and control.

Vertical Lift Systems for Pipe and Bar Stock

Bar Stock Carousel

long goods vertical storage liftBar stock carousels are vertical carousels explicitly designed to store and organize bar stock, tubing, and other long materials. These carousels have rotating trays customized to fit specific lengths and diameters of the materials stored. They are ideal for facilities that need to store a large number of long goods, such as piping, bar stock, and extrusions.

The bar stock carousel, also called a pipe carousel, features a specialized U-shaped carrier design with removable vertical access bars. This design facilitates easy forklift loading of bundled goods, which can be retrieved individually. Bar stock carousels are well-suited for lightweight aluminum, plastic extrusions, and similar materials.

Features and specifications of the bar stock carousel include:

  • Forward/reverse push-button controls with security keypad and e-stop
  • Overall capacity: 13,000 lbs. (up to 34,000 lbs. available)
  • Carrier capacity: up to 2,000 lbs.
  • Lengths: 10 to 27 feet
  • Retrieval speed: 21 feet per minute
  • Variable frequency drive
  • Dual-sided loading available
  • Custom colors available

Bar Stock Vertical Lift System

The bar stock vertical lift system is a unique storage solution that functions similarly to a vertical lift module. This vertical storage machine consists of a column of long drawer cartridges accessed by an automated elevator. The elevator extracts the selected drawer and delivers it to an ergonomic level to safely store or retrieve long, heavy items.

vertical lift storage systemsThe bar stock vertical lift system has a customizable design that can be adapted to accommodate materials in a wide variety of sizes. For example, the drawers can store long, linear items such as bar stock, beams, tubing, and pipes. Deeper configurations can store other oversized items, such as steel plates and wood sheets. The holders can be fitted with custom molds for specialized applications like press brake die storage.

Features and specifications of the bar stock vertical lift system include:

  • Automatic controls with drawer selection
  • Emergency stops
  • Overload sensing
  • Optional perimeter fencing and light curtains prevent access during the operation.
  • Process brake and redundant brake engaged with the safety system
  • Drawers are locked in place individually until released by the elevator
  • Load size: up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Drawer lengths up to 24′ with various drawer heights available
  • Custom colors available

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Contact Us for Vertical Storage Lift Systems

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for all vertical lift storage systems. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.



Industrial Testimonials


“Working with Southwest Solutions including Matt, Susan, and especially Brad was great. They provide amazing customer service. Brad and the install team were especially great. Very professional, easy to work with, and did the work quickly and very well with very little input from us. If we need help with carousel storage moves, parts, or new equipment we will start with Southwest Solutions. ”

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“The team at Southwest Solutions were nothing short of fantastic. First meeting with Craig, I received a customized design, in person, based on my office needs while still maintaining an efficient layout and being cost effective. Craig explained everything clearly, allowing me to understand that as modular mill-work, I would be able to move it if I ever changed offices, but without the added sales pressure to immediately make a decision. Once I had decided, I worked with Chris who assisted in picking out the finishes and scheduling the delivery and installation. The professionalism of Craig and Chris spoke volumes and I would highly recommend anyone looking to transform or fit-out an office to contact Southwest Solutions.”

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“I want to let you know that we all really appreciated your team mentality, professionalism and dedication shown on this project. It was a pleasure working with you and your office and we look forward to many more. Please pass along my gratitude to everyone who worked on this project. Thanks! ”

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“I just want to take a minute to let you know how good of a job your install crew did yesterday. They were quick, fast, courteous and very consensus during the install. They were awesome to say the least. Being in the service business ourselves, we know that you can never hear the words “Good Job” often enough. Please pass this along to your crew.”
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