Use the Horizontal Carousel Module (HCM) to store and retrieve goods quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively.

Whether in production or distribution - HCMs are ideal for managing medium and slow-moving SKUs requiring high throughput rates. 

How does the Horizontal Carousel Module work?

Benefits at a glance

Paperless picking is easily made possible with an HCM. Several orders are combined together into one batch, allowing operators to pick multiple orders at one time with less walk and search time.

To achieve high throughput during peak times and meet seasonal picking requirements, the system can divide into different work zones at the push of a button. This makes it possible to have a pod of six HCMs operated by one operator to meet normal demand and then split into three work zones with three operators (one in each work zone) at peak demand times.

The HCM is suitable for a variety of different applications and items. Within the carriers, users choose individual shelf distances and adapt them to the items stored. It’s even possible to efficiently store bulky items, up to the entire carrier height.

From development and manufacturing to customer service, the Horizontal Carousel is a compact, reliable, low-maintenance unit with nearly 100 % availability. It ensures consistent and long-term operational safety.

The requested items are delivered to the operator quickly, directly, and reliably – eliminating travel and search times commonly associated with manual inventory systems. To achieve this, HCMs always take the shortest path to the access opening. The display-tool-feature displays to the operator which items and what quantities to pick from which storage location.

Organized together in a work station or pod, each HCM operates independently, allowing for a fast overall system throughput. One operator can work off 200 to 400 positions per station per hour. Pick- and put-to-light displays on the machine and on the picking station guarantee accuracy rates of more than 99%.

HCMs are ideal for the storage and retrieval of small and medium-sized items. Moreover, it is capable of storing items with a maximum payload of 54 tons. The load capacity is chosen according to the application.

Items are stored compactly in a confined space and delivered to the operator as requested; this eliminates unproductive operator travel within the warehouse. The actual picking zone can be as small as 50 to 100 square feet (5 to 10 square meters).

Man picks a good from the Horizontal Carousel Module

Warehouse requirements

  • Higher throughput and shorter delivery periods
  • Reduced warehousing costs
  • Optimized storage space
  • Guaranteed permanent access to the goods
  • More efficient processes
  • Less picking errors

Components & properties of the Horizontal Carousel Module

A small spacing of 38 mm (1.5 in) and twice this number of hook options for shelves is the formula for the success of the HCM. The shelf spacing combined with standard bins increases warehouse capacity.

Since the shelves rotate 180 degrees, they can be used in several different ways, significantly improving the item handling. The 14 mm (0.5 in) front lip on each shelf prevents the stored goods from slipping. They are optimally secured in a horizontal and forward-tilted position.

  • Tilted forward
  • Horizontally
  • Tilted backward

The robust strength of the shelf helps to reduce shelf deflection against higher concentrated loads.

A shelf lock is optional. It minimizes the vibration noise of unloaded shelves since they are connected to the carrier at the crossbar. Another plus! Safety and installation availability increase, since autonomous disengagement is not a concern.

Stations/layouts

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Dual work stations

  • I- or L-shaped configurations shorten travel distances and simplifies order picking
  • Suitable for rooms up to three meters high
  • Easily operated by one person

Triple and quadruple work stations

  • L-, I-, or U-shaped installation possible
  • Suitable for rooms up to three meters (9.8 feet) high
  • Achieves faster order picking by using several operators at the same time

Multilevel work stations

  • A multilevel station, where two or three Horizontal Carousels are arranged above one another (each at least 2.5 meters/8.2 feet high)
  • Autonomous order picking performed by one operator on each level
  • Suitable for rooms up to nine meters (29.5 feet) high

Tall work station with lifting platform

  • Combination of between two and four Horizontal Carousels, each four meters (13.1 feet) high
  • Picker transported to the retrieval location by a lifting platform
  • Suitable for rooms up to 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) high

Every Horizontal Carousel is configured to meet your needs

Technical data of the Horizontal Carousel Module

Carousel length in Carousel length carousel length in 232.3 to 1,838.6 in
Carousel length mm carousel length mm 5,900 to 46,700 mm
Number of carriers Number of carriers CW Dependent on the carrier width (CW):
CW 622 mm/24.5 in CW 622 mm/24.5 in CW 622 mm/24.5 in: 16 to 120 carriers
CW 825 mm/34.5 in CW 825 mm/34.5 in CW 825 mm/34.5 in: 14 to 100 carriers
CW 960 mm/37.8 in CW 960 mm/37.8 in CW 960 mm/37.8 in: 12 to 90 carriers
Carrier width in Carrier width carrier width in 24.5, 32.5, 37.8 in
Carrier width mm carrier width mm 622, 825, 960 mm
Carrier depth in Carrier depth carrier depth in 18, 22, 24 in
Carrier depth mm carrier depth mm 460, 560, 610 mm
Carrier height in Carrier height Carrier height in 73 to 144 in
Carrier height mm Carrier height mm 1,854 to 3,658 mm
Carrier payload lbs Carrier payload carrier payload lbs 992, 1,499, 1,984 lbs
Carrier payload kg carrier payload kg 450, 680, 900 kg
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Controlled environment

Parts, raw materials, and products often require special storage conditions. Depending on your needs, choose from four controlled environment solutions, which can be integrated into your storage and retrieval system. This results in optimal protection for sensitive goods at all times!

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