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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!

How a Vertical Lift Module Could Help Your Warehouse Operations

How a Vertical Lift Module Could Help Your Warehouse Operations

As new warehouse space becomes more expensive, you may find yourself looking for ways to maximize your current storage space. You might be thinking the only way to alleviate this problem is to build out, but instead, build up and utilize your vertical space! A vertical lift module (VLM) is a great solution for utilizing your warehouse’s vertical space and is also excellent way to improve your warehouse operations.

What is a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) and How Does it Work? 

Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are, in basic terms, a vertical warehouse. These are highly automated picking and storage devices that maximize unused vertical height in new or existing facilities. The implementation of a VLM results in recovered floor space, improved ergonomics, productivity gains, and increased accuracy.

Improving Your Warehouse Ops with a VLM

Take a look around your warehouse. As our partners at Modula put it, your operation could benefit from the use of a VLM if…

You’re considering moving or building a new warehouse.

A warehouse move is costly and time consuming. Often, we can eliminate the need for a move by using vertical lifts that occupy previously unused storage space. Remember; don’t build out, build up!

You utilize a lot of drawer cabinets or shelving.

While static cabinets and shelving can be useful, they don’t allow for the most efficient use of space. With a vertical warehouse, the footprint of cabinets or shelving units can be condensed and is much more efficient for your workers, since the inventory is delivered to them in the automated VLM trays.

You have a large gap between the top of your storage shelving and ceilings.

If you have a 30 foot building but your shelving is only 6 feet tall, you’re not utilizing your vertical space as efficiently as you could!

You are picking small parts.

If your inventory consists of mostly smaller parts, utilizing a VLM can boost your productivity since parts are presented to the user in a VLM tray to pick from rather than scrounging through shelves and drawers. We also offer VLM tray partitions to even better manage small parts and their SKUs.

You are experiencing a lot of mispicks/errors in picking.

With traditional warehouse storage, human errors are unavoidable. With laser pointers, alphanumeric LED bars, put-to-light systems, and similar aids guiding operators to units and quantities to retrieve, automated storage and retrieval systems like these completely mitigate mispicks.

Your inventory needs to be secured.

A vertical warehouse system provides a safe storage space for high value inventory and parts. Your SKUs can easily be kept track of using the VLM inventory management software, and the VLM can limit access to authorized users only.

You’re walking a long distance to pick orders.

Walking to each pick location is time consuming and draining for your staff. Presenting parts to the user in one consolidated pick window leads to a faster, less fatiguing picking process.

Contact Us for More Warehouse Improvement Info

Learn how we can improve your warehouse space & gain a better ROI. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

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