Technology - Carousels
Horizontal carousels typically contain a series of bins that are linked together with a continuous chain and mounted on elongated tracks. When activated, the bins revolve, bringing the desired bin to the operator. Lights and displays direct the order selector to the proper bin and indicate what quantity of the product to select and, in a batch selection environment, what specific order to put the items to. Product replenishment happens in a very similar fashion. Lights and displays direct the operator to the proper bin. The operator then puts the product into the bin and verifies the quantity replenished. Carousels are available in an almost unlimited variety of heights, lengths, widths, bin designs and capacities, and are used in many different applications. It has proven particularly effective in small parts selection.