Modex 2012: New features in Sapient’s Viper VLM increase storage density by 50%

In a press conference yesterday, Sapient Automation (Booth 1000) unveiled a new automatic tray height scanning system and redesigned tray configuration in the Viper vertical lift module (VLM). The enhancements provide 50% more storage density, said Ed Romaine, chief marketing officer for Sapient.
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By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
February 06, 2012 - MMH Editorial

In a press conference yesterday, Sapient Automation (Booth 1000) unveiled a new automatic tray height scanning system and redesigned tray configuration in the Viper vertical lift module (VLM). The enhancements provide 50% more storage density, said Ed Romaine, chief marketing officer for Sapient.

“The automatic tray height scanning system automatically determines each tray’s exact storage height requirement—down to a 1-inch increment—every time a tray is retrieved,” Romaine said. “That scan interfaces with the VLM’s control system to determine the best storage position in the unit, based on optimal space and retrieval time.”

The new trays feature thinner side walls for more storage space; flat bottoms for use without tray liners; and unobstructed open storage areas with no dividers or support cross members. Trays come in 2-, 3- and 4-meter widths, making more parts available for picking on each tray to increase productivity while reducing labor costs.

Modex 2012 is scheduled to be held February 6-9, 2012 in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete Modex 2012 coverage.



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Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Logistics Management as an Editor at Large since 2001. Based in Cincinnati, Specter has worked in the fields of journalism, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for 15 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky., with a bachelor’s degree in French and history.


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