automated vertical carousels increase storage & inventory capacity
A manufacturing facility was having trouble storing their growing inventory. Their samples storage area requires inventorying over 18,000 sample SKUs on top of their regular inventory items. The facility's storage capacity was quickly reaching its limit, making stocking, managing, picking, and shipping sample products tedious and time-consuming. By installing automated vertical carousels, the manufacturing facility was able to increase storage capacity for their inventory.
replacing old with new vertical carousels
To increase their storage space and help facilitate faster order picking and processing, the manufacturing facility replaced two 20-foot-tall vertical carousels with two new 24-foot-tall automatic vertical carousels. The previous carousels provided 1,792 storage locations, while the new automated vertical carousels currently provides 4,788 storage locations. This increased their storage capacity by a full 167% while also maintaining about the same space requirements.
When a sample order is received on their website, a label is printed for the order. The label indicates which sample has been requested and which carrier (shelf) within the carousel the sample is located on. The operator then rotates the carousel to the correct carrier by using the touch screen controller. The order is picked, bagged, and tagged with the order label. Once the shipping paperwork has been completed, the item is shipped.
benefits of automated vertical carousels at a glance
Since installing the vertical carousels, the manufacturing facility has experienced numerous benefits that helped them move toward a more efficient and productive workflow such as:
- No unplanned downtime due to regularly scheduled maintenance
- Quicker order fulfillment: The facility is fulfilling roughly the same number of orders in less time
- 167% increase in inventory storage capacity
- Reduction of picking-related errors with automation
contact us for automated vertical carousels to increase storage capacity
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services of automated material handling systems for warehouses and manufacturing facilities who need to increase their storage capacity while increasing productivity and efficiency. To learn more or to speak with a material handling specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.