Hänel Storage Systems

121 Industry Drive
Pittsburgh,  PA  15275-1015

United States
412-787-3444
http://www.hanel.us
  • Booth: 1273

Hänel Storage Systems manufactures automated vertical storage equipment, also known as automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).  Hänel offers the Rotomat® Vertical Carousel and the Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module (VLM), and both vertical storage solutions can be customized to any application.  The Rotomat® and Lean-Lift® provide numerous advantages to users, including:

1. Increased floor space, allowing customers to reclaim up to 80% of their storage space

2. Improved inventory control, providing up to 99% accuracy

3. Greater productivity, to pick more parts in less time

4. Enhanced inventory security within an enclosed, lockable unit

5. Improved ergonomics, with parts that are brought to the user

Founded in Germany in 1953, Hänel established its U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 1984, and has become the premier supplier of vertical carousels and vertical lift modules in North America.  Hänel has branch offices in France, Switzerland and Austria, distribution centers in over 60 countries, and a network of 100 channel partners in Canada, the United States and Mexico.  Hänel was the first in its industry to achieve ISO 9001 certification.

Brands: Rotomat® Vertical Carousel, Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module, Lockomat® Vertical Carousel, HänelSoft® Warehouse Management Software, Spacesaver Solutions Inc.


 Press Releases

  • Hänel attaches great importance to enabling its storage lifts to interface directly with customer ERP software.

    For many years, Hänel’s MP 100 D and MP 12 N-HostData control systems have been supporting data communication without the need for additional middleware. An FTP server, a Windows drive release or a web service interface is all that is required for data communication between the Hänel controller and the customer’s ERP system.

    The new-generation Hänel controllers can be used as operator terminals for various ERP systems. Synchronization problems, such as those stemming from redundant data storage, are prevented.

    All ERP user dialogs are displayed directly on the touchscreen of the Hänel control unit. Data entries are booked in the ERP system in real time – then the storage system is actuated. The booking is executed directly in the ERP server. There is no data buffering or data conversion in the control system. This means that the storage overview and inventory status control are always updated – worldwide, regardless of the client used.

    Thus Hänel storage systems can be integrated in nearly every kind of ERP environment.

    The individual programming and configuration in the SAP environment can be done by our cooperation partner or by customers themselves. The user interface can be adapted on the control unit according to specific individual needs.

    The logistics system in operation at Bosch in Blaichach/Immenstadt, Germany, is a perfect example of the successful integration of Hänel solutions. The company operates two Hänel Rotomat® systems located at the core of an ultra-modern Industry 4.0 production site. The Hänel systems store components for ABS and ESP systems for post-series supply and are linked with the central SAP ERP solution via SOAP interface. The Hänel Rotomat® is an outstanding intralogistics solution for storing large numbers of diverse components that are produced in small quantities. The Hänel lift systems at Bosch have ESD features to effectively safeguard sensitive electronic components.

    The standard integration of the SOAP protocol ensures hassle-free connectivity between the Hänel controllers and SAP system used at Bosch – without any additional middleware.

    The management solution integrated as a standard feature in the lift controllers allocates the storage positions depending on the size of the bins or boxes. “The option of sending SAP pick and put orders to the lift systems via the web service interface (SOAP) was only available from Hänel,” says Alexander Schneider, Production Planning Manager at Robert Bosch GmbH in Blaichach/Immenstadt.

    The central ERP infrastructure supports global communication among all company sites. For example, thanks to the integration of the Hänel Rotomat® systems via SOAP interface, even items from remaining stocks at other sites can be requested. The entire inventory status data is available at all times and at all company locations worldwide.

    Hänel specialists have gained vast experience in linking up Hänel controllers with all kinds of ERP systems via SOAP interfaces at customer sites around the world.

    Many successful projects have included the middleware-free integration of Hänel lifts in ERP systems such as SAP, Navision, proAlpha®, Sage, PSI Penta, INFOR, ABAS, Epicor, Maximo and many others.

    By integrating the SOAP interface in its controllers, Hänel has succeeded in making the visions of its customers a reality!

    Hänel Storage Systems

    121 Industry Drive

    Pittsburgh, PA 15275

    Tel. +1 412-787-3444

    Fax +1 412-787-3744

    E-Mail: info@hanel.us

    www.hanel.us

  • Traditional supply chains are undergoing fundamental change as a result of Industry 4.0.  Efficient intralogistics solutions and the optimization of picking processes are decisive factors that are having an impact in this era of change.

    Hänel was among the fi rst business enterprises to recognize the potential benefi ts that Augmented Reality and Wearable Computing could bring to logistics and manufacturing processes. Hänel also took the lead by adding these innovative technologies to its product portfolio in 2016. The information technology specialists at MAN collaborated with Hänel experts in one of the first projects that linked two Hänel Lean-Lift® systems to SAP and also enabled storage system operation via smartglasses. In this solution the smartglasses function as an augmented reality (AR) device which communicates with SAP via an app implemented by MAN. SAP sends transport commands via SOAP protocol directly to the Hänel lift controller. This intralogistics solution also features a glove with an integrated scanner worn by employees so that both hands are free during order picking. This augmented reality application makes operation of the Hänel lifts much easier.

    The MAN project was the fi rst solution of its kind worldwide which enabled the operation of a vertical storage system with an optical augmented reality device. This solution has been in productive operation ever since.

    Hänel now offers the world’s fi rst augmented reality solution “To go.” It is a combination of hardware and software which enables system operators to autonomously perform and document logistics processes using an optical AR device with voice control. The process does not require a manual scanner or data input via keyboards.

    When using Hänel controllers equipped with an integrated SOAP interface, system operators can perform all warehouse and storage transactions via augmented reality in combination with voice control – the process even includes automatic booking in the ERP system. Voice control is available in many languages. The AR device displays all order picking information within the operator’s direct field of vision.

    Error-free retrieval is ensured by Hänel Pick-o-Light® which uses a beam of light to identify items for picking. Direct visual control of the picking process prevents errors or mix-ups while also accelerating operations considerably.

    Hänel storage systems and optical AR devices can be linked to various ERP systems thanks to the SOAP interface.

    Ongoing further development of Hänel control technology and the innovative augmented reality concept support the implementation of this future-centric intralogistics solution without complexity and without additional middleware in nearly every kind of warehouse and ERP environment.

    Hänel Storage Systems

    121 Industry Drive

    Pittsburgh, PA 15275

    Tel. +1 412-787-3444

    Fax +1 412-787-3744

    E-Mail: info@hanel.us

    www.hanel.us

  • Systems that use lights or indicators to support fast and error-free order picking usually involve high levels of investment. Components like the displays on picking carts and boxes – which need to communicate with warehouse management systems via WLAN – can be quite expensive.

    However, the specialists at Hänel have developed an economical way to benefi t from put and pick indicator options. Instead of relying on specially developed display terminals, Hänel implements

    “smart picking” on the basis of commercially available WLAN-enabled devices like the Apple iPod.

    This future-centric and affordable order picking solution is based on HänelSoft® warehouse management software. By using the “collective order module,” several job orders can be combined in one aggregated picking transaction. The picking process conducted at the Hänel lifts and in the warehouse rack area typically involves the use of a transport cart which carries a bin

    for each individual order.

    The order bins are fi tted with web devices that show employees which bins are to be used for put and pick operations. HänelSoft® generates the user interfaces on the Hänel controllers as well as those on the web devices. The web devices or barcode scanners are used to allocate the bins – this process is quick and easy. Orders can be distributed or consolidated across several order bins.

    In addition to pick-by-light and put-to-light functionalities, the system controller and the web devices on the transport carts can also display information such as item numbers, inventory levels, etc.

    All data and transactions are managed and booked by the HänelSoft® WMS. This solution is based on commercially available “off-the-shelf” web devices – and that keeps costs under control while supporting convenient and efficient order picking at the same time.

    Hänel Storage Systems

    121 Industry Drive

    Pittsburgh, PA 15275

    Tel. +1 412-787-3444

    Fax +1 412-787-3744

    E-Mail: info@hanel.us

    www.hanel.us

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