The Vertical Lift Module (VLM) from Kardex features automated high-bay storage systems with modular designs.

The systems work in line with the goods-to-person principle. They’re ideal for optimal storage density and flexible, efficient storage strategies.

Combination of Vertical Lift Modules and conveyors for a big warehouse

Customer needs

  • Save space and optimize room height
  • Create an ergonomic working environment
  • Secure stored goods
  • Achieve a high picking accuracy
  • Keep systems flexible 
  • Modular systems
Woman works on the Shuttle XP and puts order in a picking trolley

Benefits at a glance

  • More storage space in a smaller footprint
  • Fast access times
  • The system shows precise inventory levels
  • Expandable, scalable, and flexible
  • Extremely safe and ergonomic for employees
  • Stored goods stay protected

How does the Vertical Lift Module work?

Shuttle XP models

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Shuttle XP 250/500

Flexible solution for small parts and lightweight goods

The Shuttle XP 250/500 is a flexible solution for storing and easily accessing small-volume articles. With a tray width of 4,050 mm, it loads up to 560 kg per tray. The Shuttle XP 250/500's compact unit design allows it to adapt to space requirements, offering maximum storage volume in minimum floor space and a maximum height of 30 meters. As a further option, the system easily modifies to a wide range of requirements. For example, for storing goods in air-conditioned units or under clean room conditions.

Shuttle XP 700

Highly compact storage for medium loads

The Shuttle XP 700 stores and retrieves goods. With a tray width of 4,050 mm, it loads up to 725 kg per tray. It adjusts to a device height of 20,050 mm making it suitable for large storage volumes. The Shuttle XP 700 is ideal for efficiently storing and easily retrieving heavy tools, components, or spare parts. It is extremely flexible thanks to a number of different options that easily integrate before or after installation. The units can expand, decrease, modify, or adapt in various ways to cater to changing needs including operational reasons, a new application, or a relocation.

Shuttle XP 1000

Offers added value in a straightforward way – manages heavy duty loads up to 1,000 kg

Unparalleled high performance. With a tray width of 4,050 mm, it loads up to 825 kg per tray. Achieving new load-carrying capacity standards, it's ideal for storing medium-heavy to heavy parts. Using a forklift truck, stack and store Euro pallets and mesh boxes in special trays. This saves space and makes it possible to find goods faster, helping to lower costs, boost productivity, and increase safety. A factory-installed crane is used to move stored goods easily, decreasing working times and costs. Optimized ergonomics and excellent safety are two important advantages and essential to employees.

Components to create the perfect solution

The extractor moves the desired tray at high transport speeds directly to the access opening or back to free storage space.

The lift door is included with the standard accessories of each unit to protect people, machines, and stored goods as well as to reduce noise and drafts.

Shelf rail modules provide the trays to the access opening. If necessary they can also work on different levels for optimum ergonomics and workspace.

Once the safety light barrier placed in front of the access opening is activated, all moving units are stopped immediately.

Options for individual requirements

The wide range of add-ons (which can be integrated either before or after installation) provides even greater flexibility for the Shuttle XP. The following options are available:

  • Position indicator

  • Display LED-Navigator

  • Automatic/semi-automatic tray extraction

  • Tray extraction device for forklift operation

  • Double tray function

  • ESD Version

Position indicator

Display LED-Navigator

Automatic/semi-automatic tray extraction

Tray extraction device for forklift operation

Double tray function

ESD Version

Customized installations

Thanks to numerous options, the Shuttle XP provides maximum flexibility for various solutions. The system can be raised, shortened, relocated to another location, and adapted to new requirements.

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Multilevel Installation

The Shuttle XP extends over several floor levels and is equipped with up to six access openings on the front and rear of the unit. This makes it possible to work on multiple levels simultaneously. For example, storing goods and retrieving them at different access points.

Installation outside the building

To increase existing system capacity, the Shuttle XP together with additional housing is also installed outside buildings. In this case access to the stored goods is via an opening in the wall created especially for this purpose.

Maximize your success with integrated technology

Easily incorporate the following technologies

Fast and easy integration of barcode readers for order picking, order identification, picking articles, and the stacking and retrieval process.

For faster order picking and consolidation, work zones efficiently connect via conveyor technology.

Easily integrate lifting equipment. Cranes and grippers enable the ergonomic storage and retrieval of goods.

Automatic handling devices such as robots provide more efficient automated storage and retrieval.

Every Shuttle XP is configured to meet your needs

Technical data of the Vertical Lift Module

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XP 250 | XP 500 XP 700 XP 1000
Width 1,580 to 4,380 mm 1,580 to 4,380 mm 1,580 to 4,380 mm
Depth Spalte 1 2,312 to 3,074 mm Spalte 1 2,363 to 3,125 mm 2,363 to 4,343 mm
Height 2,550 to 30,050 mm 2,550 to 20,050 mm 2,550 to 20,050 mm
Load Up to 560 kg Up to 725 kg Up to 1,000 kg
Height grid 100 mm 100 mm 100 mm
* Standard technical data, other sizes possible on request
The values are shown in the table reference standard configurations. It is possible to also construct other units with different widths, depth, and height dimensions.

Product add-ons

Man works on the Shuttle XP equipped with Kardex VLM Boxes

Kardex VLM Box – a solution customized for your business

The modular bin system made especially for the Vertical Lift Module is flexible in height, width, and depth and the layout adapts whenever your storage demands change. With the Kardex VLM Box system, it is possible to create over 300 different location types with just one dividing system.

People have the overview and control

Logicontrol 100/200

The machine-based control center brings major ergonomic improvements and enhances the usability of Kardex’s automated storage and retrieval systems. It provides a simple, intuitive touchscreen, user interface, and basic space management and reporting environment for the Shuttle XP and Megamat RS automated storage systems. The new, state-of-the-art design is optimized for both touch and keyboard usage.

A woman works on a Vertical Lift Module with drying technology

Controlled environment

Parts, raw materials, and products often require special storage conditions. Depending on your individual needs, we supply four optional controlled environment solutions. We individually integrate these into your storage and retrieval system and as a result, your sensitive goods are always optimally protected.


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