World’s largest vertical lift installation for distributor

World’s largest vertical lift installation for distributor

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By Nick Flaherty

Distributor Mouser Electronics is installing 120 120 vertical lift modules (VLMs) at its warehouse in the US, the largest VLM installation in the world.

The investment in its global distribution centre in Dallas-Fort Worth is intended to increase order processing, accuracy and speed, helping customers further reduce time-to-market.

VLMs are essentially giant vertical filing cabinets, complete with shelves and an automated extractor to bring the components to the employee’s workstation. This increases efficiency and floor space and can reduce an employee’s walking time by 45% or more.

In addition to the VLM installation, Mouser’s distribution centre features multiple Ultipack and I-Pack machines, automated systems for sealing and labelling shipments that can process up to 14 orders per minute.

“Incorporating the latest in distribution centre automation helps us meet our goal of providing exceptional customer service,” said Pete Shopp, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “The tools and systems we’ve put in place offer another way we can help shorten our customers’ time to market.”

The global distribution centre covers 78-acres and holds an inventory of more than 1 million unique SKUs for products from over 1,200 manufacturer brands. It has to process tens of thousands of orders a week, with most within 15 minutes.

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