Vertical Lift Modules
Modula Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are fully automated vertical storage systems that take up a minimum footprint by utilizing the ceiling height available. These systems allow for large inventory of goods to be quickly accessible while being stored in a safe and secure environment and automatically delivered to the operators, with a simple touch on the user friendly Copilot controller or the scan of the barcode.
This feature eliminates the need to search for items and ensures that the right part is delivered to the right person, to the optimum ergonomic retrieval height. As such, productivity and efficiency are increased while picking errors are drastically reduced. Get the most performance out of every inch of your manufacturing floor space with Modula Vertical Lift Modules!
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Created to make the most of available vertical space and save floor space at the same time, vertical warehouse technology is suited to any type of product, in any industry sector or environment, as they can be customized to have various payloads, heights, sizes and options.
Vertical tray warehouses allow you to store goods in an organized, clean, secure and fast system, reducing the number of movements operators have to make and avoiding damage to your goods.
Modula Lift: Our most popular vertical lift module
Available in a wide range of sizes and capacity, Modula Lift is the ideal storage solution for industrial products, components and spare parts for all possible environments and industries. With a throughput of up to 130 trays per hour and a tray payload capacity of up to 2,200 lbs, it’s a workhorse of a machine. Like all our VLMs, the Lift can dramatically reduce your space requirements (up to 90%) while increasing the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of your picking operations.
Recover space: By taking advantage of high ceilings, you can dramatically reduce space dedicated to storage.
Maximum payload for every tray width: Robust Modula trays are designed to accommodate heavy loads without strain.
Internal or external bay: Internal bays are best for limited floor space applications. External bays allow for fast pick rates, as well as picking aids such as cranes or mechanical manipulators.
Single or dual delivery: Single delivery is suitable for situations with less stringent throughput requirements or quick picking time. Dual delivery reduces wait time for the next tray, enhancing productivity especially when done in conjunction with an external bay.
Picking speeds of 300 lines per hour – or more
Increased productivity and accuracy: With simple visual picking aids, operators can quickly and easily identify the items needed to be picked or replenished.
Boost inventory management: All picking operations are monitored and documented to offer full order traceability and monitor stock levels in real time.
Increased security and a clean environment for your product: Items are stored in a fully enclosed system which prevents goods from being damaged or exposed to dust. Access can be restricted to designated employees.
Coordinate with the rest of the organization: The Modula Warehouse Management System (WMS) exchanges information with your company’s ERP (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc.), MRP, or other applications.
The optimisation of space is one of the most important advantages of using an automated warehouse.
By utilising available vertical space to store goods, you can save up to 90% of floor space. This allows you to store a larger quantity of goods and make more efficient use of your space for picking and refilling activities.
Thanks to a maximum warehouse height of 16 metres, you can store products, semi-finished products, spare parts and materials of any kind, securely and in an organised manner. Vertical warehouses reduce the footprint that materials would otherwise occupy on the floor, and thus free up hundreds of square metres of your warehouse.
Suited to any industrial environment, the vertical construction is achieved by using a load-bearing structure in zinc-coated steel. This houses and supports a series of trays and a central elevator which transports them from the various levels down to the picking and refilling bays.
Choosing a storage solution that includes a vertical warehouse will save you an enormous amount of time.
Goods actually become easier to access and operators don’t have to move around the warehouse to pick or refill goods. They stay close to the automatic warehouse throughout the picking operations.
Searching for materials takes much less time as the goods are located inside the Modula system and the required materials are brought directly into the picking bay according to the “goods to man” principle.
Another advantages of automated storage and retrieval system is that operators can be interchangeable. The Modula warehouse can provide information on the status of the stored goods. This facilitates location of their whereabouts by ensuring the traceability of goods.
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In addition you can save time with the Modula WMS software. Every time goods are stored or retrieved, the operator is given clear indications about theoretical stock levels and can compare these with real stock levels and facilitate their alignment in the event of an inventory.
As well as saving floor space, Modula solutions are also designed to store goods inside the warehouse, ensuring their inventory control and product traceability.
Modula automatic vertical warehouses are actually a guarantee against theft and damage to your goods.
Access to items inside the vertical warehouse is only allowed to authorised operators via logins and passwords, or advanced recognition systems (badge or RFID readers). This allows you to keep all operations carried out inside the warehouse under control as well as the people who performed them. Each access attempt can be tracked and even limited to specific trays, in order to increased security, and avoid unauthorised operations.
The Modula vertical warehouse’s structure is completely enclosed and can be optionally fitted with an automatic door. This stops your goods from being damaged and being exposed to wear, humidity and dust.
Depending on requirements, Modula can design a custom warehouse configuration with various unit heights, payloads, dimensions, options and types of operator bays.
In particular, Modula offers 4 operator bay configurations: internal, external, single or dual.
The internal bay is the ideal solution for when you need to limit the floor space occupied by the machine.
The external bay offers a working environment with better operator ergonomics and is ideal when combined with bridge cranes or mechanical manipulators for lifting heavy objects.
Both of these configurations can be fitted with a single delivery level, suitable for when access to the machine is sporadic or for when picking time for the operator is very short.
The dual delivery level reduces operator waiting times: the waiting tray arrives in the bay only a few seconds after picking has been completed from the previous tray. When combined with an external bay, this almost simultaneous changeover of trays helps to significantly increase productivity.
There is also a wide range of options that can be used to improve the performance of any custom Modula warehouse configuration. Thanks to their modular design, these options can be implemented at any time in the warehouse’s life-cycle.
From visual picking aids, user authentication systems, order preparation and productivity tools through to tray options, there’s a solution for every requirement.
Another advantages of automated storage and retrieval system Modula is that the structure of the warehouses has been designed to be safe, with people in mind and allows an ergonomics warehouse picking. Vertical warehouse ergonomics actually allow operators to have all goods within easy reach, with fewer risks to the people working in the warehouse.
Modula vertical warehouses are fitted with physical and photoelectric safety barriers which make the operator work station 100% safe. These have helped them achieve TUV GS certification which attests to their compliance with the strictest safety standards currently in force in Europe.
The warehouse’s structure allows access to goods and no longer requires the use of shelves or racks. This avoids potentially hazardous situations for operators who used to have to climb stairs, drive forklifts or use pallet trucks.
By using the retrieval/deposit bays placed at human height, Modula avoids the operator having to bend down to lift heavy materials and improves work station ergonomics. This represents a significant improvement in people’s working conditions as it drastically reduces the negative effects of physically onerous tasks.
To increase the ergonomics of our vertical warehouses even further, we can equip Modula warehouses with the sliding version of the Copilot Console. The console easily slides along the entire length of the tray and allows the operator to have the user interface constantly at hand during picking and refilling operations.
Modula solutions provide more efficient stock management and a significant reduction in errors. When combined with Modula WMS software, the warehouse is able to keep track of all incoming and outgoing goods, providing constant control over your stock situation and improving stock management.
Modula gives you real-time information about the state of the warehouse, and this is very useful for optimising re-orders and the logistics of your production process. Moreover, each time goods are stored or retrieved, the operator is given clear indications about theoretical stock levels and can compare these with real stock levels and facilitate their alignment in the event of an inventory.
To further increase precision in stock management within your warehouse and reduce errors, simple and intuitive visual aids are available. Any operator can use these devices to easily identify products that are to be picked from or refilled into the automatic warehouse, even without any special training.
Every model in the Modula Lift range of vertical warehouses is able to improve performance and handle the maximum payload for all tray sizes, irrespective of tray width and depth. This means an overall gross payload of 90,000 kg can be achieved.
Thanks to the steel-reinforced toothed belt transmission and elevator guide system with 16 HDPE rollers, you can have a partially unbalanced load in the trays without compromising the proper operation of the warehouse.
This advantage of automated storage and retrieval system is valid for all the trays Modula offers, with a width up to 4100 mm, including the OneTon model, and this ensures up to 990 kg net for each tray.
This is the highest payload ever guaranteed performance by the Modula range of vertical warehouses.
Modula has designed and created Modula WMS (Warehouse Management System), a dedicated software application for managing vertical warehouses. It has been designed to optimise the performance of vertical warehouses and can be used as a standalone tool in the case of traditional warehouses with manual storage areas.
Modula WMS system:
• improves organisation, efficiency and precision
• automates many procedures and reduces paperwork
• rationalises procedures and increases control over processes
• enables faster order shipping
• allows full traceability of picking operations
Configurable and customisable, Modula WMS vertical warehouse management software is available in various packages with different licensing types and software modules, so it can satisfy the requirements of any application.
The software includes a graphical tool for managing the tray layout and interfaces with various ERP systems, such as SAP, Oracle, Baan, Navision and many others.
Simplicity of use is one of the advantages of automated storage and retrieval system guaranteed by the warehouse management software integrated into a Modula system. Our vertical warehouse is fitted with a touch screen operator interface (Copilot) designed for the industrial environment which allows access to all machine functions, simply and immediately.
It has a colour graphical interface with simple icons that are extremely intuitive and does not require any particular operator training for everyday operation.
Copilot is installed next to the picking and refilling bay at an ergonomic height. This position is designed to avoid any contact between operators and the safety light curtains which might occur if the operator console were to be positioned in other parts of the bay.
Modula is the automated warehouse intuitive, simple, easy, the best way to have an efficient warehouse management.
“To me, the machine is really easy to learn. I mean, I can have somebody trained within an hour, have them knowing even the most basic to some of the complex items – it’s really easy to learn” says Steve Davis, General Manager of Walser Reconditioning (Minnesota, USA).