Many facilities face inventory control issues; one such concern is parts storage. Vertical storage and retrieval (VSR) equipment, such as a vertical parts carousel, is an excellent solution for expanding your parts storage capacity. VSR equipment mitigates long-term storage challenges by helping to organize, secure, and store what workers need within arm’s reach.

Vertical carousels are automated storage systems featuring an enclosed construction with vertically spaced rotating trays. With the push of a button, the vertical carousel shelves rotate vertically to deliver stored goods to operators at an ergonomically positioned counter. This solution eliminates wasted time from searching for items and walking through facilities needlessly. Automated vertical parts carousels also have inventory management software to provide comprehensive inventory control and facilitate kitting and batch picking.

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vertical carouselsVertical carousels feature a design that’s ideal for the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • Distribution
  • Electronics
  • Hospital and medical
  • Kitting
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Refrigerated and freezer storage
  • Tooling storage
  • Warehousing

In this article, we will look at the benefits and features of automated vertical carousels, along with an inventory management software integration for kitting and batch picking. To see more industrial storage solutions, view our market page.

Benefits of Automated Vertical Parts Carousels

Maximize Storage Capacity

kardex vertical carouselsA vertical carousel for parts storage helps facilities achieve space efficiency while managing productive inventory storage. The space saving carousel allows for small part storage as well. Compared to standard shelving storage units, vertical carousels help facilities save up to 80% of their floor storage space.

Vertical carousel storage systems feature a vertical design allowing facilities to use unused overhead space. The carousel’s small footprint makes it an ideal solution for point-of-use storage that helps free up floor space.

Improve Worker Productivity and Ergonomics

One of the most notable features of vertical storage carousels is that they deliver items directly to workstations. Thus, operators can complete tasks or fulfill orders without searching up and down aisles for items. The ergonomic design also means operators don’t have to bend, lift, or reach when retrieving items, minimizing workplace injury risk.

vertical storage carouselAn e-commerce company providing customers with a selection of over 15,000 quality products, found that by integrating the system, it increased its throughput by 600%. The increase led to exceeding customer delivery expectations with the company. Three vertical carousel modules with inventory management software were implemented and enabled batch picking for product distribution. The software managed and distributed 15,000 rotating SKUs for the company. The equipment led to a 54% decrease in labor needs and used 75% less floor space.

Control and Protect Inventory

The integration of vertical carousels with automated software provides a facility with automated inventory tracking. That means supervisors can control and manage each user’s accounts and access. The software provides monitoring and tracking for inventory, and managers can receive real-time data for these parts and materials.

Vertical parts carousels further protect stored inventory with password protection and lockable doors. These security features prevent unauthorized access to the system. The enclosed parts carousel storage also protects inventory from dust and damage. Visit our online store to see our industrial storage products.

Vertical Parts Carousel Features

Vertical parts carousels have several features to improve inventory control and employee safety. These features include:

  • Dual motor drive
  • Heavy-duty load-bearing roller chain
  • Inventory management software with pick-to-light integration
  • Password-protected access
  • Locking doors
  • Customizable storage totes
  • Infrared safety light curtain
  • Integrated workstations for batch order picking

Inventory Management Software for Kitting and Batch Picking

vertical parts carouselsVertical parts carousels come equipped with FastPic inventory management software that facilitates kitting and batch picking. It features integrated SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software for a comprehensive warehouse management solution. The inventory management software is scalable and features state-of-the-art IT architecture. The system manages user accounts, materials, storage locations, bins, reports, and entry logs.

The process of batch picking with Power Pick software is as follows:

  1. The pick order is delivered to the parts picker.
  2. The tray containing the first part is automatically delivered to the carousel picking station.
  3. Pick-to-light technology indicates the part location and how many to pick.
  4. The operator picks the parts and completes the transaction.
  5. The next part is automatically staged and indicated with pick-to-light.
  6. The process repeats until the order is complete.

Multiple vertical parts carousels can be integrated for more efficient batch picking. The process can also combine with a put-to-light system for filling order totes.

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Contact Us for Vertical Parts Carousels

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for Kardex vertical carousels and other VSR equipment. 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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