Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) with Inventory Management Software

January 29, 2019
Our 52,000 square foot warehouse was running out of space. With a 40-foot ceiling, we purchased three 30-foot tall vertical lift modules with inventory management software to manage 4,500 smaller size SKUs. Parts previously stored on five thousand square feet of shelving are now inventoried in three vertical lift modules that occupy just under 360 square feet using 92% less floor space, and order fulfillment rates have increased by 460%. The ERPs send orders to the mobile inventory management software. Eight orders are filled at the same time. A tote is assigned with an order ID and customer ID and is placed in the batch station. The vertical lift modules automatically retrieve trays for each order and direct operators to the exact location within the tray to pick from. The operator confirms the pick and distributes parts in the batch station as directed by the put lights, working round robin until all orders are filled. The tote is then placed on the conveyor and taken to the large order fulfillment rack. For more information about vertical lift modules with inventory management software, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or email info@SouthwestSolutions.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.southwestsolutions.com.
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