Pittsburgh, PA – January 19, 2017 – Hänel Storage Systems, a leader in the manufacture and integration of vertical storage units, announced the donation of an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) to the Vincennes University Logistics Training & Education Center in Plainfield, IN. The Rotomat® vertical carousel will be used to help train students in the curriculum of Supply Chain Logistics Management, which is the process of obtaining, storing and moving resources to locations where they are needed.
AS/RS units such as the Rotomat® help companies to cut expenses by providing high-density storage and improving the organization of a warehouse. These units also enable a seamless link from order processing to logistics management, so that products can be more easily picked, packed and shipped from a facility.
Vincennes University’s Rotomat® will combine logistics training with hands-on learning. “Our curriculum allows students to use what they learn right away, putting their education to use with the latest equipment and technology,” said James Dolan, Vincennes University Director of Logistics. “Rather than having students look at pictures of AS/RS units in a book or on a website, the Rotomat® gives them the opportunity for real-world instruction with an interactive solution.”
The Rotomat® stores warehouse and office supplies, such as labels, tape, batteries and scanners. “We used to store these items in file cabinets or on shelves, but found a significant amount of shrinkage when items walked away,” Dolan said. “Now we can control who has access to these supplies. We can also find them easier, because our warehouse technician has cataloged items by name, so finding labels is as easy as typing ‘labels,’ for instance.”
The donation was made through the Material Handling Institute (MHI), the largest association in the United States dedicated to the promotion and education of the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry.
Vincennes University is Indiana’s first college, and one of the oldest in the United States. Founded in 1801 by U.S. President William Henry Harrison and incorporated as a university in 1806, Vincennes University is one of two colleges founded by a President of the United States. Students in Supply Chain Logistics Management learn to improve production, resource planning, scheduling and forecasting, as well as modes of transportation and equipment used for the distribution of goods.
For more information about Vincennes University Logistics Training & Education Center programs, visit www.VULogistics.com
About Hänel Storage Systems
Founded in Germany in 1953, Hänel’s North American headquarters has been located in Pittsburgh, PA since it was established in 1984. Hänel Storage Systems specializes in the design and engineering of Rotomat® vertical storage carousels and Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Modules for a wide range of industries and applications. Hänel provides sales, service and technical support to North and South America through a network of factory-trained channel partners and service providers.
Introduced in 1957, the Rotomat® Vertical Carousel is based on the Ferris Wheel principal. Inventory is stored in a series of carriers that rotate within an enclosed unit and are accessed at a single opening. This vertical “goods to the user” concept improves productivity, lowers costs, increases security and saves valuable floor space.
Introduced in 1994, the Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module stores inventory on trays that are automatically measured for height each time they enter the unit. A vertical extractor places each tray within the unit in a location that maximizes available storage space. Trays can be equipped with dividers, totes, bins and specialized holders to store any type of inventory.
For more information about Hänel products, visit www.hanel.us
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