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Modula | The Smart Storage Solution for Automotive Dealership Parts Departments

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Why Modula Vertical Lift Modules Are the Smart Storage Solution for Automotive Dealership Parts Departments?

Modula’s high-density automated vertical storage systems are proving to do more than save valuable floor space in automotive dealership parts departments. These innovative storage systems allow for less use of floor space. This leaves more room for extra service bays and other revenue-generating workstations.

Automotive dealerships that have implemented automated vertical storage systems (vertical lift modules or vertical carousels) within their parts departments have dramatically increased their parts storage capacity, saving over 85% of valuable floor space compared to traditional static storage methods. These dealerships have also established far better control of their inventory. Greatly improve picking accuracy and significantly reduce the time required to get parts to sales and service technicians. The result is more service jobs possible per day as well as more satisfied customers with the implementation of just a single Modula vertical lift.

Increased operator productivity is another great benefit of automated vertical storage systems. Vertical lift modules (VLM) automatically deliver parts to the picker at an ergonomic height, rather than having the picker go and locate the parts within long aisles of shelving and cabinets. Walking time for parts retrieval is reduced up to 70% when compared to static shelving.

Static Shelving vs. Modula VLM
Modula’s vertical lifts can save you up to 90% of floor space

 

These innovative automated storage systems create a perfect fit for automotive dealerships & parts departments to achieve:

  • Recovery of Floor Space – Reduce existing parts storage areas by approximately 85%. Store more parts, add more service bays, have a larger showroom, offices, or an area for accessories sales displays.
  • Increased Operator Productivity – Faster processing of sales and service orders.
  • Improved Picking & Inventory Accuracy – Achieve inventory accuracy rates up to 99.9% and having improved parts security.

Contact Bradford Systems today to learn more about vertical storage solutions!

Lean Manufacturing: 8 Types of Waste That Vertical Storage Can Eliminate

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Lean Manufacturing

What is Lean Manufacturing?
Lean manufacturing can be defined as “a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the demand of the customer”. Essentially, lean is centered on making obvious what adds value by reducing anything else.

What is a waste?
While processes differ between factories and warehouses, the typical types of waste found are quite similar and always involve inefficient use of time and money. Waste is any expense or effort which doesn’t generate a product or a service that a potential client is willing to pay for.

Wastes in warehousing
Conventional racking, shelving, drawer cabinets still used in many facilities often contributes to this waste as they occupy significant valuable space within the facility. These also lead to slower process flows where time is mainly spent locating and retrieving parts.

High-density automated vertical storage systems can help factories and warehouses to significantly optimize manufacturing processes, dramatically improve efficiency and productivity by eliminating the following wastes:

1. Defects
2. Excess Processing/ Inappropriate Processing
3. Overproduction
4. Labor cost
5. Waiting
6. Inventory
7. Transportation
8. Motion

If you want to learn more about how to turn your warehouse into a lean manufacturing powerhouse, contact us today or call us at 1-800-696-3453