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How VLMs Elevate Aviation Maintenance

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How VLMs Elevate Aviation Maintenance Inventory

Vertical lift machines, sometimes also referred to as vertical lift modules and VLMs, exist to achieve a singular goal – to provide smart, adaptable inventory management that boosts employee safety and elevates productivity within a footprint that helps you maximize storage density.

VLMs excel in many industries, but they’ve delivered tremendous results to the aviation industry, where aircraft maintenance and repair operations are expected to store a larger and larger variety of components to support commercial aircraft fleets. 

From aircraft locks to power distribution units, the demands of aircraft maintenance, repair and operations teams are varied. Traditionally, this inventory has been stored in steel shelving units or drawer cabinets on multilevel mezzanines, then placed and picked into locations by parts runners.

As the need to store more components increases, there are two main issues these companies are confronted with. 

A Lack of Space to Accommodate Growing Inventory             

Generally, parts inventory storage in aviation facilities is outdated and extremely manual. Add to that locations in spaces that are constrained by other revenue-generating departments, and you’ve got a major logistical headache.

The parts department usually has to completely relocate or simply utilize the floor space it occupies more wisely. Relocating electronic components, such as gyro panels and lighting control modules, introduces the risk of damaging these specialized parts, further complicating the search for solutions to space challenges.

A Need for Increased Traceability

Aviation components are often tracked down to the lot and serial number level, meaning traceability and easy identification is critically important. Parts like wing tips and fuel boost pumps must be traceable back to the manufacturer.

Traditional storage methods and processes lend themselves to pick errors and lost parts – and it’s largely not the fault of any singular person or issue. Parts specialists will sometimes place parts into the wrong locations, making the part impossible to find when it is requested by aircraft maintenance mechanics, and chaos builds.

Full traceability is a must for these manufacturers. If there ever is a request to know who touched the part and when, it can be provided promptly and accurately.

How VLMs Address these Challenges Painlessly

VLMs allow these aircraft maintenance operations to utilize the tall ceilings of their facilities to increase the storage density within their existing footprint. Units up to 30 feet tall are quite common, making more optimal use of space.

In addition to this storage density, VLMs provide access from the ground floor, meaning they no longer require personnel to climb stairs to find inventory.

Parts traceability is addressed by VLMs with cutting-edge software technology that logs the moves of the units. Every action the machine performs is timestamped and logged. 

In the case of a mispick or other pick error, a root cause analysis can be performed to determine who had access to the location, when the movements occurred, and what transactions occurred prior to and after the original transaction. 

VLMs also provide flexibility in the types of inventory that can be stored. Imagine having your electronic boards alongside flap transmitter assemblies. Having the flexibility to store small products like diodes in the same storage device as larger assemblies maximize the return on investment for aircraft maintenance operations. 

Aviation maintenance operations across the globe utilize VLM technology to solve these issues. 

From major airlines to the world’s leading package shipping companies, VLMs are relied upon to deliver parts in an expeditious fashion while also maximizing a facility’s space and resources.

How Vidir Is Delivering the Ultimate VLM Solution

The Vidir VLM is a revolutionary entry into the category, providing smart, adaptable inventory management to make good on a simple promise – helping operations maximize density and increase productivity.

With two tray towers, one in front and one in back, and a center elevator, trays are extracted and presented efficiently and at a safe, ergonomic height for operators.

The Vidir VLM brings a range of innovative features that set it apart in the industry and make it a best-in-class solution for inventory management.

Automatic height detection measures the amount of storage space required for each tray, then performs complex calculations to choose the most efficient storage location every single time.

The intelligent software that helps make that possible also ensures the material handling process is smoother and more efficient than ever, and an easy-to-use interface allows operators to pick and stock item lists, integrate with an ERP system, run reports easily, engage in remote monitoring, and more.

Combine it all with industry-first servo motors with best-in-class 10HP lift capacity and a high-performance, durable, and safe chain drive, and you’ve got the leading VLM on the market.

To learn more, visit storevertical.com today.

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Vidir Solutions Introduces the Vidir VLM!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_VLM.pngVidir Solutions Introduces the Vidir VLM

Vidir Solutions has a long history of making the world’s products safely accessible. Since 1986, you’ve trusted to deliver automated vertical storage solutions that meet your unique requirements.

Now, we’re expanding upon that core goal with a new innovation set to help us build on our automated storage and retrieval solutions to meet and exceed even more of your operational goals.

Meet the Vidir VLM

Vertical lift modules, or vertical lift machines, help users efficiently pick products while also maximizing your use of space – and the Vidir VLM is revolutionizing those capabilities with an innovative and forward-looking solution.

Our VLM automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) provides smart, adaptable inventory management that maximizes density and increases productivity. It leverages two tray towers, one in both the front and back, and a center elevator. Trays are extracted and presented quickly and at an ergonomic height for the operator.

These vertical towers keep the VLM footprint to a minimum, leveraging optimized storage density that helps you cut your own storage footprint by up to 85%, and keep your employees safe.

Features and Benefits of the Vidir VLM

Our VLM brings:

  • Automatic Height Detection
    Cutting-edge technology and software allow the VLM to accurately measure the amount of space required for each tray, then calculate the optimal and efficient storage location to maximize inventory density every time.

  • Intelligent Software
    In addition to aiding in the optimization of inventory density, our VLM’s software keeps pick times to a minimum and ensures a smooth material handling process.

  • Total Control
    Our VLM’s easy-to-use software interface allows you to pick and stock item lists, integrate with ERP systems, run reports, and maximize productivity and ROI with remote access for service diagnostics and more.

  • Best-in-Class Innovations
    Our VLM includes industry-first servo motors offering higher velocity and accuracy and a best-in-class 10HP lift capacity. Additionally, our VLM features a chain drive, providing unmatched performance, durability and safety.

To learn more about our innovative VLM and how it can help you increase safety, boost productivity, reduce labor costs, maximize storage, improve inventory management and shrink your storage footprint, visit our website.

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What is BOPIS?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_BOPOS-machine.jpgBOPIS, an industry acronym that means buy online and pick up in store, is a new type of distribution model that
combines an online presence with a physical location. In order to reduce delivery times and eliminate shipping
costs, as well as improve customer service, retailers are offering their customers the option to have their online
purchases available for immediate pick-up at their storefronts. Other terms used in this new and growing space are
BOPIL, meaning buy online pickup in locker, BOSS, buy online ship-to store, and Click and Collect.

Brick and Mortar retailers are connecting the gaps in their online e-commerce strategies and physical footprint with their BOPIS
programs. The program leverages the traditional strength of the Brick and Mortar approach with the convenience found online which is helping to recover and replace the foot traffic and customer loyalty lost due to shifting buying patterns and online retail giants. BOPIS is allowing retailers the ability to achieve their ultimate goal of giving a great customer experience, creating that necessary customer loyalty for a successful business. A study on consumer buying trends during the 2018 holiday shopping season showed that Click and Collect was a competitive advantage for Brick and Mortar retailers.

 

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by Luc Seesing President of SMD Machinery

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General productivity at sheet metal fabricators and machine shops, is measured by how much input is required to get a certain output. Often "O.K-looking" numbers show up. Fair enough. 

But if you look a little closer, at how much capital and space is wasted with poor material storage & retrieval, the landscape changes dramatically. Nice looking numbers turn out to be rather bad looking numbers instead.

Material storage and retrieval is one of the biggest waste factors. Most plants that I have seen (and believe me, I have seen a lot of plants) seriously struggle with storing and handling material. Sheet / plate as well as bar-stock (long-span) material.

Of course, Just In Time delivery of the material to your plant would be great. You would not even have a storage issue. But keep dreaming. Reality is different.

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It feels a little paradoxical, equating lifesaving devices with clutter and their placement with inconvenience, but the standard remains — hospitals are to maintain free and unobstructed access to all exits, minimize fire risk, eliminate pickup parking lots, establish a clear line and destination for bed and patient transport, and maintain the integrity of the means of egress, for starters.

In previous years, The Joint Commission has cited more than 45 percent of hospitals with “insufficient compliance,” noting specific violations in hospital corridors and the storage therein. Crash carts, computers, empty beds and supply carts left unattended in corridors and paths merit such violations, which, in turn, spurs the conversation of reducing clutter in corridors per relevant regulations.

Click here to read the entire story and find out why Vidir's Hospital Bed Storage is the ideal storage solution.

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