Horizontal Warehouse Carousels

Horizontal warehouse carousels consist of an oval track with rotating bins containing shelves that deliver items to the operator. Often used in integrated workstations of carousels called a “pod.” This allows an operator to pick from one active horizontal carousel while the others are pre-positioning to be picked the moment the operator is ready.

Every horizontal carousel modules uses one of the many integrated pick-to-light technologies to indicate the active carousel, shelf level and quantity of items to pick, making batch picking simple, fast and easy.

There are up to 5 different ways to integrate into the horizontal carousel to ensure efficient quick picking at a distribution center:

  1. Foot Pedal to move the bins (slowest method)
  2. Hand Held Locator System (type in bin number and press GO)
  3. Computer Interface called Spinner Software (type in or scan part number and bins turn)
  4. Computer Interface (download order(s) from ERP and batch items to pick using Pick to Light and Put to Light sort bar technology)

Why Horizontal Carousels for Your Warehouse?

  • Increased throughput up to 600%
  • Reduced floor space and storage space requirements up to 60%
  • Flexible design provides instantly adjustable shelf levels
  • Reduced labor up to 2/3
  • Move and change workstation designs easily
  • Workstation design that is easily modified Increased level of accuracy up to 99.9% levels
  • The ability to increase or decrease a carousel’s length easily
  • Extended order cut-off times
  • Fast ROI (Return On Investment)

Horizontal Carousels

  • Horizontal carousel storage systems enhance order fulfillment efficiency by utilizing automated storage and retrieval, reducing labor costs and increasing productivity.
  • Carousel storage systems offer flexible shelving units and carrier height adjustments, optimizing storage space and accommodating varying ceiling heights.
  • Vertical carousel systems improve inventory management by providing quick access points for operators, streamlining operations and batch picking processes.
  • Integrated carousel pods allow for simultaneous preparation and retrieval of goods, maximizing operation flow and minimizing downtime in picking zones.
  • Advanced storage units within warehouse carousel storage systems utilize pick-to-light and put-to-light technologies, ensuring accuracy and speed in item picking and shelving management.

Horizontal carousels have many different ways to be integrated.  Depending on the sophistication, a back of the napkin budget would be $1000 per bin.  A bin is an vertical column of shelving.   So a 60 bin carousel you would budget $60K.  The pricing goes up depending on dimensions, software, and pick/put light adders.

Be careful!  horizontal carousels not integrated properly will be an expensive mess!

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Horizontal Carousels

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