Pittsburgh, PA – March 15, 2017 – Hänel Storage Systems, a leader in the manufacture and integration of automated vertical storage units, has donated an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) to Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. The Rotomat® vertical carousel will be used to store school materials and provide live demonstrations for the school’s Logistics Education Department.
Hänel offered two Rotomats® to the Material Handling Institute (MHI), and Western Guilford was one of several schools to apply for the donation. The second had been donated to Vincennes University in Plainfield, IN earlier this year.
The Western Guilford logistics program is aimed at teaching high school students about warehousing and supply chain management. The Rotomat® is an advanced storage and retrieval system where the students will learn how to store and pick inventory.
“The Hänel Rotomat® is now one of our most prized possessions. Our students learn in a warehouse lab that also includes a Predator stretch wrap machine, Big Joe V-15 electric forklift, a SimLog forklift simulator, pallet jack, 144 feet of beam width racking and an assortment of platform truck, hand truck and warehouse tools,” said Art Close, Western Guilford Logistics Education Director. “We appreciate the gift Hänel has given us, and will use it to improve the education and skills of our students.”
The Rotomat currently stores office supplies for teachers, and the logistics classes run what is known as the Teacher Store. The Logistics Education Department is currently in its fourth year, and 60 students are enrolled in the program, including Advanced Placement. “AP students in programs like this are rare across America, but our program is attracting them thanks to equipment like Hänel’s,” said Close. Even though the program is relatively new, some Western Guilford have already gone on to work in logistics for companies like Home Depot.
Western Guilford High School opened in 1968, and currently educates 1300 students in Grades 9 to 12. It is part of the Guilford County Schools system, which is the third largest district in North Carolina. Western Guilford has the first high school logistics program in the state, and is the lead school system in the consortium that have such programs, so the school is primarily responsible for developing courses and content.
About Hänel Storage Systems
Founded in Germany in 1953, Hänel’s North American headquarters has been located in Pittsburgh, PA since it was established in 1984. Hänel Storage Systems specializes in the design and engineering of Rotomat® vertical storage carousels and Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Modules for a wide range of industries and applications. Hänel provides sales, service and technical support to North and South America through a network of factory-trained channel partners and service providers.
Introduced in 1957, the Rotomat® Vertical Carousel is based on the Ferris Wheel principal. Inventory is stored in a series of carriers that rotate within an enclosed unit and are accessed at a single opening. This vertical “goods to the user” concept improves productivity, lowers costs, increases security and saves valuable floor space.
Introduced in 1994, the Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module stores inventory on trays that are automatically measured for height each time they enter the unit. A vertical extractor places each tray within the unit in a location that maximizes available storage space. Trays can be equipped with dividers, totes, bins and specialized holders to store any type of inventory.
For more information about Hänel products, visit www.hanel.us
David M. Phillips