Just-in-time parts storage for manufacturing

The Hänel Lean-Lift® as central distribution system in production

DIRTT is a company specializing in the prefab construction of interior spaces and employs 85 people at its site in Phoenix, Arizona. A compact Hänel Lean-Lift® in the production area is used for the heightoptimized storage of hardware, bolts, brackets, and similar items. 

Ultra-compact storage in the Hänel Lean-Lift® frees up valuable floor space for production processes 

The high-speed version of the Hänel Lean-Lift® serves as the central distribution system for production at DIRTT. Vertical storage from Hänel means that fewer high-bay racks are needed. What’s more, efficiency and ergonomics have been optimized. 

Specially designed Hänel multifunction containers ensure neat and compact item storage. Systematic organization of diverse items is guaranteed with flexible container dividers and configuration options. The Hänel Lean-Lift® provides maximum heightoptimized storage capacity. The compact Hänel system frees up floor space for other processes and thus reduces costs.

Parts needed in the production area are picked from the Hänel Lean-Lift® on demand. This just-in-time principle keeps production processes lean and smooth – there is no need for buffer storage.

Fast and error-free order picking with Hänel Pick-o-Light®-Vario

Employees use the Hänel MP 12 N controller and a barcode scanner to start the picking process. The containers holding the requested items are brought to the retrieval point automatically. Hänel Pick-o-Light®-Vario shines a light beam on the requested items for easy identification. This helps prevent human errors and mix-ups. 

The integrated management functions of the Hänel MP 12 N ensure constant inventory monitoring of all items in stock. This realtime inventory means that replenishment takes place at the right time to prevent item outages.

DIRTT has been very satisfied with the Hänel intralogistics solutions at its headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. That’s why the company successfully integrated a Hänel Lean-Lift® to optimize processes at the Phoenix site in the USA.

"Thanks to the huge capacity of our Hänel Lean-Lift® systems, we were able to save space and remove obsolete storage racks."

Tom Donnell,
Facility and Maintenance Manager