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Hänel Storage Systems launches revolutionary automated vertical storage controller

Hänel Storage Systems

announced the launch of their latest controller option for use with its Rotomat® Vertical Carousels and Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs).

The advanced Hänel MP 14 controller features a 12-inch, high-resolution touchscreen display and a number of other upgrades, for extraordinary functionality and ease of use.

The MP 14 controller can catalog 10,000-100,000 different types of items in inventory, depending on the microprocessor installed – the only controller on the market that can handle such a large amount – and allows more data to be entered at the same time. It also can intelligently search for available storage locations within the vertical unit, so it ensures that every inch of space is utilized.

The new controller’s 12-inch screen is an improvement over previous Hänel controllers, the largest of which has an 8.5-inch screen. Its large screen size features a virtual keyboard directly on the touchscreen, in addition to a classic alphanumeric keyboard, and it allows users to drag and drop items into storage for effortless inventory management.

“The MP 14 represents a 40 percent increase in screen real estate,” said Craig Sinclair, Hänel Systems Integration Manager. “This provides many benefits, including the display and editing of all data on one screen, plus the drag-and-drop definition of storage containers for quick and easy shelf layout adjustment to find available space. It also has the ability for detailed, graphical, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)-based custom web interfaces.”

All Hänel controllers allow customers to interface vertical storage units to their own enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and exchange information via SOAP. This allows processes running on different operating systems to communicate using a single computer language.

Hänel is the only automated vertical storage manufacturer that includes advanced inventory control functionality built into their machines with a simple and robust microprocessor, while other suppliers must integrate PCs and additional software.

“The MP 14 is extremely versatile, offering multiple operating modes and interface options,” Sinclair added. “This sets a new standard for user interfaces on vertical storage solutions.” These operating modes are available on all Hänel controllers, and allow the company’s solutions to meet almost any customer requirement:

MP 14 Standalone – Integrated storage location management, with multiple integration options to the customer’s host system.

MP 14 HostData – Storage location management provided by the customer’s host system, with all the benefits of a user interface, including route optimization.

MP 14 HostWeb – Storage location management provided by Hänel’s own HänelSoft® software, or the customer’s host system, with custom graphical interfaces displayed by the controller’s integrated web browser.

Hänel vertical storage systems can integrate with almost any software or system, as long as that software or system can output data.

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