Warehouse storage of various items in small batches

Maximum flexibility for wholesale operations with the Hänel Lean-Lift®

L. H. Dottie is a family-owned wholesale business that provides quality products to facility maintenance and construction professionals in multiple regions across North America. The sales center in Los Angeles, California, employs 70 people who process orders for electrical installation and plumbing products as well as hardware and work safety items. 

Flexible quantities available at wholesale prices 

The company relies on a Hänel Lean-Lift® as the key system for distributed storage in its wholesale warehouse. The vertical system is used to store various items in small batches. The Hänel Lean-Lift® has a height of 19.69 ft / 6 m and is used for order quantities that are smaller than a wholesale bulk package. 

The compact MP 12 N controller communicates directly with the ERP system 

A central conveyor system transports cartons – with order labels attached – to the retrieval access point of the Hänel lift. An employee uses a manual scanner to read each label.

The compact MP12 N controller on the Hänel Lean-Lift® sends this information to the Oracle ERP system and the customer order is started. When this is confirmed on the controller, the lift sequentially brings the items shown on the pick list to the access point. When the picking order has been completed, the ERP books all of the transactions and the inventory status is updated automatically. Precise data about quantities and items in stock is available at all times.

Items are neatly stored on Hänel multifunction containers, which can be configured in many different ways for ergonomic picking. The Hänel compartment and sub-level indicators show precisely where items are located on the containers. 

The Hänel Lean-Lift® complies with the most stringent security guidelines 

Hänel fulfills all of the strict safety standards specified in the Los Angeles area. The frame of the Hänel Lean-Lift® and its profile wall is a truss structure having a load-bearing capacity of up to 132,277 lbs / 60,000 kg. Additional reinforcements make the Hänel system even more stable and earthquake-proof.

The company is very satisfied with the Hänel storage solution and plans to order an additional Lean-Lift® soon.