Automated Carousels & Lifts Increase Hospital Operating Efficiencies
There are a variety of hospital storage systems including shelving, racks, and cabinets, but the one that is becoming more and more popular are Automated Carousels & Lifts. You might think that Automated Carousels & Lifts are only used in industrial facilities or for storing files. While that is historically true, we are finding more and more hospitals using Automated Carousels & Lifts to improve productivity, inventory control, and space savings. Automated Carousels & Lifts can help your hospital increase its operating efficiencies by improving the flow and distribution of medical products and supplies within your supply chain and throughout your hospital. (view images of Automated Carousels & Lifts for hospital storage)
Automated Carousels & Lifts are Hospital Storage Systems for Every Department
Some hospital departments that are benefiting from Automated Carousels & Lifts:
- Materials Management: Stock Rooms, Service Centers, etc.
- Surgical Supply Departments
- Clinical Laboratories: Pathology, Refrigeration, Histology, Hematology, etc
- Maintenance and Repair Operations
- Records Departments: Admissions, Human Resources, etc.
- Food Service Areas
- Laundry and Linen Departments
Automated Carousels & Lifts Benefits for Hospital Storage
Automated Carousels & Lifts are providing the ability to better manage inventory, space and productivity. Some operational benefits hospitals experience are:
- 85% storage floor space reduction
- 66% increase in worker productivity
- 99% order accuracy fulfillment rates
- 333% increase in existing space storage capacity
- 100% controlled access
- 40% increase in inventory turns
Different Types of Automated Carousels & Lifts
There are three main types of Automated Carousels & Lifts: vertical carousels, horizontal carousels, and vertical lifts. Each of these automated storage systems can communicate with your computers to maintain inventory data and deliver stored items with picking instructions directly to the operator with the push of a button. Determining which automated storage system is right for your hospital depends on the size of the available space and your goals. Below is a brief description of the three types of automated storage systems.
Vertical carousels consist of a series of movable shelves that rotate around a track via the shortest path to deliver selected items to an ergonomically positioned and ADA compliant workstation. Vertical carousels excel in space savings by converting overhead air space into productive storage space. The vertical carousels work great for storage of microscope glass slides, pharmaceuticals, IV bags, and hospital maintenance supplies.
Vertical lifts are an enclosed secure system of vertically arranged trays, an extraction platform and a series of computerized controls that with a push of a button or a scan of a bar code deliver medical products to an ergonomically positioned workstation. The vertical lifts maximize storage density within each unit with cube utilization technology. The height of each tray is measured as it is put away to store it in least amount of space required. Vertical lifts are ideal for storing a wide variety of different size supplies and parts within the unit.
Horizontal carousels eliminate unproductive travel and search times using software controlled picking sequences to deliver stored items efficiently to the operator. This process speeds up picking times and boosts throughput, which will improve picking accuracy rates. Horizontal carousels are ideal hospital storage systems for materials management departments.
Contact Us for Design, Planning, and Installation of Automated Carousels & Lifts
If you are interested in learning more about how Automated Carousels & Lifts can improve your hospital's productivity and space usage, then contact us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with one of our hospital storage experts. Southwest Solutions Group® is an authorized dealer of Automated Carousels & Lifts and will provide design, planning, and installation services.