MHIA Announces New Warehouse Tool

Charlotte, NC -- The Carousel and Vertical Lift Module (C/VLM) Group of the Automated Storage/Automated Retrieval Systems Product Section (AS/RS) of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) announces the availability of a new computer-based tool to evaluate automation in the warehouse. The tool, Throughput Models for Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules, was created to help organizations determine how their warehouse space and personnel can be maximized using the latest automated storage and retrieval systems.

Using either a networked PC or laptop computer, this easy-to-use tool asks a series of questions and allows the user to compare the number of units, floor space and man-hours required to accommodate the facility's needs. The tool can be used to solve questions in specific work areas and zones or total facility requirements.

The automated systems being evaluated include Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs). These systems often increase productivity by two-thirds while reducing floor space requirements up to 75%. These efficiencies, plus reducing inventory levels and increasing inventory turns, often allow these systems to have an Return on Investment (ROI) under 18 months.

The tool is free for download on the MHIA Bookstore at: www.mhia.org/bs/cvlm/. It can also be purchased on CD-ROM for for $19.95 via the on-line bookstore or by calling the MHIA Literature Department at 800-345-1815/704-676-1190.

AS/RS is a product section of MHIA. AS/RS Product Section member companies represent the industry leaders in the business of supplying automated storage/retrieval and systems technology applications in North America and abroad. Member companies of AS/RS meet regularly to review, discuss and revise the standards for design, performance and proper operation of automated storage/retrieval systems.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and NA 2004 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

For more information, contact Carol Miller or Samantha Greenidge at 800-345-1815/704-676-1190 or [email protected]

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