Technology is quickly changing the way businesses store goods in warehouses. This is due to the development of computer software, AI, and robotics, which are constantly finding new applications in logistics and storage systems.
A Vertical Lift Module (VLM) is an automated storage system that makes storing and retrieving items safer, quicker, and more efficient. Instead of walking around aisles looking for items, pickers input a code into the system, and the VLM quickly finds the item you need. Warehouses that work with a VLM profit from an optimized use of space and increased productivity.
If you are thinking about purchasing a VLM for your business, Shelving + Racking Systems, Inc. can help you design a custom VLM that fits your warehouse and business requirements. We also take care of the installation and show you how to operate it. We have partnered with Modula, a leading designer of automated storage systems, to bring you and your business the best high-tech storage solutions.
What Are Vertical Lift Modules?
A VLM can significantly improve the overall productivity of your warehouse. It is a large enclosed structure that consists of two columns of trays in a vertical carousel with an automated inserter and extractor in the middle. The extractor travels up and down the module, storing and picking up trays from the front and back columns as required.
The Modula system has an access opening near the bottom for placing items in a series of trays and picking them up. The window is ergonomically designed so that workers can easily handle trays and items. Right by the window, there’s a screen that the operator uses to control the module.
The Modula user interface is intuitive and easy to use, and most businesses can start using the Modula Lift quickly. For businesses that want to improve the efficiency of their warehouse or distribution center, a VLM is an ideal solution. It comes with a range of accessories to customize the system to your needs.
How Does the Vertical Lift Module Work?
Workers can control the inserter/extractor unit from the software panel next to the pick-up window. The touch screen control panel is easy to use, and workers can store and retrieve items with the push of a button. The extractor device picks up trays from both sides of the unit and leaves them in the access window where workers can easily pick up the item they need from the external picking bays.
Modula Vertical Lift Modules use technology to store trays in the most compact way possible. Every time a tray is stored, the unit scans the height of the product on the tray. By gathering data on product height, the unit can optimize space inside the vertical lift system. This short video by our partner Modula can help you visualize how a VLM works.
The trays inside a VLM have different weight capacities, allowing the storage of various goods and SKUs in a single lift module. A VLM also has an internal weight management system that prevents the overloading of trays. More importantly, storage trays are customizable with easy-to-install dividers, increasing the maximum storage density.
Benefits of a VLM For Automated Storage and Retrieval
Companies and warehouses can benefit in many ways from owning a vertical lift module. Businesses that need to store a lot of small parts and products efficiently can benefit from a VLM. For example, a VLM allows pharmaceutical, engineering, and automobile companies to store bulk small inventory and parts in a way that’s accurate and accessible for faster order fulfillment. However, different types of businesses can benefit from using a VLM system.
Saving floor space in a storage facility is one of the main benefits of VLMs. With its compact design and vertical storage system, the VLM frees up space. This optimized use of space can help businesses expand operations without building new storage facilities. The extra space can be used for new workstations, additional storage areas, or any other way that increases the productivity of a warehouse.
A key benefit of a VLM is its fast and accurate storage and retrieval system. The productivity of a business increases significantly when using a VLM because workers don’t have to waste time manually looking for items. A VLM beats any traditional storage system in terms of efficiency. Thanks to a VLM, you can simply push a button and pick up the stored items you want from the window.
A final benefit of vertical lift modules is the accuracy they provide when storing inventory. Storing inventory incorrectly is a common problem in warehouses that causes loss of time and money. With a VLM, the software system can be integrated with your warehouse management system (WMS) for easier inventory monitoring.
Need an Expert Opinion?
Technology is creating great opportunities for businesses to become more efficient and productive. Some businesses have never considered using automated storage systems, and making the change can seem overwhelming. However, a VLM works with an intuitive software system that is easy to use, and businesses start profiting from a VLM right away.
If you are considering purchasing a Vertical Lift Module but would like more information, contact Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. You can reach us through the contact page on our website or call us at (800 589-7225.