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Frequently asked questions about vertical carousels

Frequently asked questions about vertical storage lifts

A vertical storage lift is constructed with a lift in the center of the construction, that has trays both in front and behind it. The lift moves up and down in a shaft as it collects trays and presents them in the vertical storage lift’s opening.

Compared to the vertical storage lift, a vertical carousel has a construction where carriers are driven by a rotating chain rather than a lift in the centre of the construction

A vertical storage lift is a great alternative if you have a wide variety of items, in different sizes, and you want to save space. The trays in a vertical storage lift are automatically adjusted to the varying goods heights. A vertical storage lift can also be a very efficient picking solution if you buy 3 or more. Vertical storage lifts are also the only option if you want to have more than 1 opening.

Approximately 7 - 15 m2 of floor space. A vertical storage lift will often save you 70-80% of floor space compared to conventional racking.

Vertical storage lifts are normally starting at 4-5 meters in height, often times not taller than 20 meters. The tallest storage lift in the world is approximately 40 meters.

A vertical storage lift will usually load from 200 kg per tray. A standard setup has a capacity of 270 - 400 kg. There are vertical storage lifts that can take heavy loads - up to 1000 kg.

Frequently asked questions about capacity and performance

If you have 3+ vertical storage systems and a well developed picking strategy you can reach up to 200+ orderlines per hour and operator.

If you store small goods a regular sized vertical storage system can store 1 000 - 2 000 unique items. The number of items depends on the size of the goods.

The amount of warehouse locations you can get from a vertical storage system depends on the size of your goods. If you store small goods you can usually get 1 000 - 2 000 storage locations.

Frequently asked questions about economy

A new vertical carousel or vertical storage lift will usually start at around 55 000 EUR.

A second hand vertical storage system will usually cost 15 000 EUR - 40 000 EUR depending on the model and condition.

It is possible to own a vertical storage system without any running costs. However, we always recommend signing a service agreement to ensure that your system runs smoothly. A service contract generally ranges from 50 - 100 EUR / month and unit.

Yes, Relevator can help you maximize the residual value.

Frequently asked questions about disassembly, moving and installation

Yes, at Relevator we always use technicians authorized by the manufacturer of the system.

All manufactures have their own technicians or authorized partners that disassemble and install machines. In some markets, you can also find independent companies with good track records.

Ahead of an installation, Relevator will provide a checklist with necessary preparations, additionally, a technician will come out and make a site survey of your factory/warehouse. An installation usually takes 2-4 days per unit.

Yes, by using authorized technicians. Moving a vertical carousel or vertical storage lift has a cost and requires some planning - but it is fully possible.

Some vertical storage systems can be moved using wheels if you move them in the same building. If you’re moving the machine between two buildings it needs to be disassembled.

Yes, and when scrapping a machine the disassembly cost is generally slightly lower than a regular disassembly. Even if you’re scrapping a machine we do however recommend using authorized technicians - a disassembly involves risk of injuries.

A disassembly normally costs 4 500 EUR - 6 000 EUR. An installation usually costs 5 000 EUR - 8 000 EUR. A complete move of a machine usually costs 8 500 EUR - 14 000 EUR. Aside from the costs above, customized packaging and scissor lifts are required.


Second hand warehouse automation - for a better environment

A serviced and well kept vertical carousel or vertical storage lift can easily function for 20, 30 or 40 years. Many companies are unaware of the possibility of selling their used warehouse automation and will often send well functioning machines for scrapping. To create 1 tonne of metal sheets around 2 tonnes of carbon oxide is emitted; by buying second hand warehouse automation you save money – and our environment!

We are happy to help you sell your used vertical carousels and vertical storage lifts, additionally, offer you second hand units in good condition and at a fair price. Contact us using the form below, or just give us a call!

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