Cleanroom.net Product Exclusives : Ed Romaine Of KardexRemstar Talks About Their New Megamat Vertical Carousels
Cleanroom.net Product Exclusives talks to KardexRemstar’s Ed Romaine about their latest product release the Megamat Vertical Carousels.
Megamat vertical carousels consist of shelves that rotate up or down via the shortest path, delivering items to an ergonomically positioned pick window. The Megamat vertical design maximizes the use of overhead space and can recover up to 75% of the floor space required for traditional shelving systems.
The vertical carousels are available in a wide range of heights, depths and widths to meet virtually any storage and retrieval requirement. They are compatible with an entire suite of software and controls to meet standard and unique applications.
Cleanroom.net : Thanks Ed for talking to Cleanroom.net Product Exclusives. The Megamat is an enormous space saver, but with a simple shelving system there is always access. Is there access to the storage if the Megamat malfunctions?
Ed : The Megamat vertical carousel has a MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) rate which is higher than many major household appliances. Secondly there is an emergency hand crank which allows users to rotate the carriers should you need emergency access all material within the unit.
Cleanroom.net : Is the Megamat storage customizable? And how does this customization effect the price?
Ed : The Megamat comes with dozens of “standard” customization features such as multiple openings, special shelf/carrier designs to meet unique applications, etc. Likewise, the Megamat vertical carousel can be modified for an individual user’s exact needs. The customization required (engineering, manufacturing time, etc) will dictate the exact cost.
Cleanroom.net : What height can the Megamat go to?
Ed : Standard heights up to 33 feet with non-standard units having gone as high as 65 feet
Cleanroom.net : Does the Megamat provide multiple access points? And can it span floors or mezzanine levels?
Ed : The Megamat vertical carousel is an outstanding device to span multiple floors or departments. Up to four access windows can be integrated into a unit allowing adjacent rooms on both sides on two floors to utilize the inventory. This is especially useful in cleanrooms where you might have a less clean area feeding material into higher levels of cleanliness areas while reducing the potential for contaminants.
Cleanroom.net : How energy efficient is the product?
Ed : Our factory is working on exact consumption rates, but when you compare the reduced footprint and less labor required to use Megamat vertical carousels in comparison to shelving the reduction in HVAC, electric and total floor space make the unit very efficient and a very viable tool in any organization working on a Sustainability program and getting LEED credits.
Cleanroom.net : KardexRemstar has estimated a 9-18 months return on investment for companies. How is this calculated?
Ed : You can see the calculator at: www.KardexRemstar.com/roi
The numbers are verified by customers who do ROI calculations for capital requests and then must do validation/reconciliation calculations after the Megamat vertical carousels are implemented.
Save floor space + reduced labor + less inventory + less employee injuries/disabilities + value of new opportunities to generate income with the saved elements listed prior to this = Usually equals a 9-18 month ROI. Every company and application is somewhat unique, but the efficiencies translate through all industries and organizations.
Cleanroom.net : How do you feel you compare on price with your competitors?
Ed : Like all businesses today you have to be price competitive on all your products and services… and we are! As one of the largest provider of this technology in the world for decades and the only manufacturer to have factories in the US and Europe, we understand that customers are looking for value and we deliver. The other aspect which is more important than acquisition cost is the lifetime cost of ownership. This is an area that KardexRemstar excels in. From our patented integrated pick-to-light technologies available on the Megamat vertical carousels, to a full suite of inventory management software (an SAP business partner) with a division in North America dedicated to implementing and supporting our customers.
Likewise, we have a annually re-licensed installation and service team with over 500 technicians in North America and hundreds more around the world. We stock millions of dollars of parts in four regional parts distribution centers in Ontario, CA, Dallas, TX, Charlotte, NC and Westbrook, ME. From warranty service, to standard business, “Go-Live” and full 24-7 service options available to assure organizations are running properly.
Cleanroom.net : How often does the Megamat need to be serviced?
Ed : Two scheduled preventive maintenances per year which are part of the warranty.
Cleanroom.net : Can you talk a little about the warranties provided with the Megamat?
Ed : Megamat vertical carousels come with 2 year standard factory certified (not dealer) parts and labor with the option to purchase up to 5 years warranties. Also a lifetime warranty is standard on the motor.
Cleanroom.net : KardexRemstar offer a no cost/no obligation Space and Productivity Analysis. How do interested parties arrange this?
Ed : All an organization has to do is call or visit our website (http://www.kardexremstar.com) and we will have one of our representatives call and schedule a convenient time.
To find out more information about KardexRemstar’s Megamat Vertical Carousel please visit http://www.kardexremstar.com/content/products/vertical/
Or view the Megamat Vertical Carousel Brochure
Ed Romaine, Vice President of Marketing, Remstar. He has spent over 20 years involved with companies looking to maximize manufacturing, distribution and warehousing practices. Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications and a speaker at many Supply Chain, Logistics & Ergonomic functions including the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Promat, North American Material Handling, Southern California Plant Operations, NJ Material Handling Assoc., Applied Ergonomics, Warehousing Education & Research Council (WERC), Lean Manufacturing Conference, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), NeoCon, Health Information Distribution Association (HIDA), National Catalog & Operations (NCOF) and more.
Within the industry trade organization, Material Handling Institute (MHI) Romaine is the Vice Chairman for the Supply Chain Execution (SCE) group and was Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council for 5 years and helped create the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group. He has spearheaded the efforts to create the first industry safety standards for horizontal carousels. He has an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and completed the Competitive Strategies program from Wharton Business School.
Cleanroom.net would like to thank Ed for taking the time to do the interview with us.