At the ExpressJet maintenance facility, all parts stored in the VLMs are labeled with a location number. To retrieve parts, operators key in the location number using the touch screen controls on each unit. The VLM automatically delivers the tray containing the part to the work counter.
“Inventory levels are monitored by the software program,” said Hume. “We have established minimum and maximum levels and we keep track of the levels through management reports.”
Vertical Lift Modules have helped ExpressJet reduce the amount of space required for storing a wide range of maintenance parts with a varied range of sizes, weights and shapes while providing a more efficient way to handle slow and medium moving parts retrieval.