Automated storage systems are used in various branches of industry today. Compared with classic storage solutions based on the "man to goods" principle, automated systems save time and reduce workloads because they are based on the "goods to man" principle. Items in storage are automatically retrieved when the system receives a request from the storage software program, and the restocking process works according to the same principle. A vertical lift is at the heart of an automated storage system.
Each item in the storage system has an assigned position where it is to be kept. Since employees no longer walk back and forth to reach for items stored on shelves, the vertical storage system can be extremely tall in order to fully utilize the vertical space available in the warehouse building. Vertical storage systems can be integrated in ways that result in small footprints that save floor space. In addition to the efficient space utilization, the time savings and the reduced costs, an automated vertical lift system makes order fulfillment and warehouse management much easier.
Employee safety is also improved. Bending, stretching, reaching and climbing ladders to store or retrieve items are all things of the past because an automated vertical storage system takes care of these tasks, with precision and reliability. Automated vertical storage systems also protect products from dust and dirt – and they prevent theft and misuse because they control who has access to stored items. The automated vertical lift is a "closed" system.