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Modula | The Smart Storage Solution for Automotive Dealership Parts Departments


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!

Automated Storage Solutions for Automotive Parts Departments

Automated Storage Solutions for Automotive Parts Departments

Modula’s automated vertical storage solutions are doing more than just saving valuable floor space for automotive parts departments.

Automotive dealerships that have implemented automated vertical storage systems within their parts departments have significantly heightened their storage capacity. On average, saving about 90% of valuable floor space compared to traditional static storage methods. In addition, they’ve also gained increased control of their inventory, improved picking accuracy, and significantly reduced the time required to pick parts for customers and service. As dealerships look to preserve revenue in the face of the pandemic, parts departments are a key factor and need to run as efficiently as possible.

Before and After Modula System
On average, automotive dealers save 90% floor space with just one vertical lift module


Why do you need to ensure your Fixed Operations Department is operating at maximum efficiency?

In an automotive dealership, the Fixed Operations Departments (Service, Parts, and Body Shop) are central to the profitable operation of the dealership. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), 49.6% of the dealership’s gross profits come from the service and parts department. Having an efficient and well-organized Fixed Operations Department means a healthy dealership.

Key benefits of implementing automated storage solutions in an automotive parts department

1. Saving space to increase profitability

Thanks to automated vertical storage systems, automotive dealerships can typically gain 85% to 90% more storage capacity compared to traditional static storage methods.

A 20ft. tall vertical lift module in 140 square feet of floor space can store the same amount of parts inventory that would require approximately 1,500 to 2,000 sq. feet of static shelving within a Parts Department. As a result, implementing an automated storage solution can even eliminate outside containers or off-site storage locations. With more space available, dealerships can also add additional service bays and increase their revenue.

Modula vs Static Shelving

2. Better inventory, better picking accuracy, and increased order fulfillment

Automated vertical storage systems contribute to strategic goals by helping operators work more productively. Vertical lift modules automatically deliver parts to the picker at an ergonomically correct height rather than having the picker go and locate the parts within long aisles of shelving and cabinets. Therefore, the walking time for parts retrieval is reduced by up to 70% while the productivity is dramatically increased.

Better inventory, better picking accuracy and increased order fulfillment
Better inventory, better picking accuracy and increased order fulfillment

3. Keep your valuable automotive parts secured

Another contributing factor to improved inventory accuracy with automated vertical storage systems is that parts are “out of sight”. They are no longer visible on unprotected open shelving or in bins. As an additional security safeguard, user access passwords restrict access to certain storage locations within automated storage systems.

The advantage of the Dealer Management System (DMS) integration

These automated vertical storage systems feature a color touch screen controller that interfaces with most Dealer Management Systems (DMS). This allows orders to be automatically sent directly from the DMS to the storage unit. Personnel is no longer required to manually enter order information from parts invoices. This results in a decrease in staffing for the Parts Department. Current data exchange partners utilizing the Automotive Package include CDK Global, Reynolds & Reynolds, Dealertrack Technologies, and Karmak.

Dealer Management System

Contact Us for More Automotive Storage Info

These automotive storage benefits lead to more service department jobs, higher profitability, and more satisfied customers. Learn how we can improve your automotive space and improve your safety and ergonomics. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

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Illinois Hydraulics Company Goes Vertical

An industrial company in Itasca, Illinois is the new owner of three brand new Modula vertical lifts.  Vonberg Valve designs, manufactures and tests a unique product line of in-line and cartridge style valves, hydraulics, and more. Recently moved from Rolling Meadows to their state-of-the-art facility in Itasca, Vonberg wanted to maximize the amount of parts storage they could get in their new facility. Our vertical lift modules let them do exactly that, and in a few years, these Modula units will have paid for themselves! Check out the awesome installation below.

Interested in having a storage space expert maximize your area? Contact us today or call us at 1-800-696-3453


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

Lean Manufacturing

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

Get 90% of Your Floor Space Back with Vertical Storage


Unfortunately, the situation is all too common these days: so many boxes, materials, and goods packed into a warehouse or workspace — and so little time and space to make things run more efficiently. Sound familiar? With our most recent partnership with Modula automated storage and retrieval technologies, we’re here to take that headache off your hands.

Bradford Systems is proud to team up with Modula to provide the perfect solution for organizing high volumes of inventory. These innovative systems can recover up to 90% of your floor space without having to downsize the items in your facility or break new ground. Plus, Modula ASRS and vertical lift systems offer better security and a safer environment for your team.

The key to finding your Modula match? Picking one of the six systems that best suits your workplace needs.

  1. Modula Lift
    For over 20 years, the Modula Lift is the preferred lift by shop floors, distribution centers, and facilities of all sizes around the world. This system promises 154,000 lbs of gross unit capacity with 9,050 sq. ft. of traditional storage in only 150 sq. ft.
  2. Modula Sintes1
    Sporting a compact, convenient size and the ability to throughput up to 140 trays/hour, the Modula Sintes1 is a popular choice for small to medium-sized facilities looking to store and pick items such as electronic components, pharmaceuticals, and tools.
  3. Modula OneTon
    With its ability to handle 2,200 lbs net payload per tray, the Modula OneTon offers vertical lift module storage for your heavier goods. It’s the leader in user ergonomics for maximum operator safety in even the most demanding working conditions.
  4. Modula Cube
    Is vertical space a concern? The Modula Cube is a horizontal lift storage system ideal for low ceiling applications. It acts like a traditional vertical storage modula, but has the ability to horizontally transfer trays between modules for a machine that’s longer, not taller.
  5. Modula Diamond Phoenix
    For an advanced fulfillment application, the Modula Diamond Phoenix is a carousel picking system engineered for long-term reliability in even the heaviest or most severe duty cycles. It has the highest capacity standard shelves in the industry at 150 lbs, with optional 80 and 225 lbs.
  6. Modula Vertical Carousel
    If you’re working in a confined or small facility, the Modula VC’s low maintenance design and carrier load capacity of up to 1,100 lbs works well to maximize your space. It also boasts capability for clean or cold rooms.

Ready to transform your space? Visit our page to learn more or contact the Bradford Systems team to get started today.