Vertical Lift Modules

A Vertical Lift Module (VLM) is an automated storage and retrieval system that consists of 2 vertical columns of inventory storage trays and a center column that includes an “inserter/extractor”. The “inserter/extractor” retrieves and puts-away the storage trays for picking operations, similar to how an elevator moves people from different stories of a building.

VLM’s are considered automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) as well as goods-to-person solutions because they have self-contained inventory Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) that can retrieve multiple inventory items all at once and deliver directly to the picking station.  Multiple VLM’s can operate from the same warehouse management system, decreasing product retrieval time and increasing picking efficiency by reducing travel and picking time

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Vertical Lift Module Industries

VLM’s work with high quantities of SKU’s that are medium to low velocity and typically small in size.  They are safe, reliable, high-density, secure, and efficient picking solutions.  They are used in many industries including:

  • Healthcare
  • Defense / Military
  • Food / Prepared Food
  • Grocery
  • Liquor / Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Electrical Supply
  • Pharmaceutical


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