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Hänel Storage Systems donates vertical storage carousel to Vincennes University

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hänel Storage Systems, manufacturer and integrator of vertical storage units, announced the donation of an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) to the Vincennes University Logistics Training & Education Center in Plainfield, IN. The RotomatÒ vertical carousel will be used to help train students in the curriculum of Supply Chain Logistics Management, which is the process of obtaining, storing and moving resources to locations where they are needed.

AS/RS units such as the RotomatÒ help companies to cut expenses by providing high-density storage and improving the organization of a warehouse. These units also enable a seamless link from order processing to logistics management, so that products can be more easily picked, packed and shipped from a facility.

Vincennes University’s RotomatÒ will combine logistics training with hands-on learning. “Our curriculum allows students to use what they learn right away, putting their education to use with the latest equipment and technology,” said James Dolan, Vincennes University Director of Logistics. “Rather than having students look at pictures of AS/RS units in a book or on a website, the RotomatÒ gives them the opportunity for real-world instruction with an interactive solution.”

The RotomatÒ stores warehouse and office supplies, such as labels, tape, batteries and scanners. “We used to store these items in file cabinets or on shelves, but found a significant amount of shrinkage when items walked away,” Dolan said. “Now we can control who has access to these supplies. We can also find them easier, because our warehouse technician has cataloged items by name, so finding labels is as easy as typing ‘labels,’ for instance.”

The donation was made through the Material Handling Institute (MHI), the largest association in the United States dedicated to the promotion and education of the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry.

Vincennes University is Indiana’s first college, and one of the oldest in the United States. Founded in 1801 by U.S. President William Henry Harrison and incorporated as a university in 1806, Vincennes University is one of two colleges founded by a President of the United States. Students in Supply Chain Logistics Management learn to improve production, resource planning, scheduling and forecasting, as well as modes of transportation and equipment used for the distribution of goods.

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