Automated Storage and Retrieval, ASRS, VLM Leader Names New Midwest Sales Director, Tim Harrison

Expert at Implementing Automated Systems Focused On Reducing Labor, Floor Space, Increasing Ergonomics for Order Picking, Split Case and Item Material Handling, Manufacturing, Spare Parts Handling, Health Care, Tool and Die Retail and Institutions Applications

Online PR News – 18-June-2012 – PA – Hatfield, PA, US, June 06, 2012 -- Tim Harrison of Noblesville, Indiana, has been named Midwest Sales Director by Sapient Automation, manufacturers of automatedSapient Automation Names Midwest Sales Director storage and retrieval systems, Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Harrison implemented many Vertical Lift Module (VLM), Vertical Carousel and Horizontal Carousel systems in leading organizations such as Caterpillar Inc., Rolls Royce, Cook Medical Inc. and many more. Working with these and other organizations has allowed Harrison to provide ergonomic solutions that save up to 90% of their floor space and inventory levels while increasing their throughput and accuracy levels in their respective manufacturing and distribution operations.

Previously, Harrison was as an operations engineer for Gibson Parts & Equipment, Sheridan, Indiana; and as a lean manufacturing engineer at Fairfield Manufacturing, Lafayette, Indiana.

Mr. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer integrated manufacturing technology from Purdue University.

Harrison is an expert in creating and implementing order picking systems utilizing the Hornet Horizontal Carousel which is comprised of a series of bins with shelves that rotate on a track horizontally. Multiple horizontal carousels are used in one integrated workstation called a pod. A wave of orders is downloaded to the workstation. Batches of eight to ten orders are then sent to the carousels. The carousels will begin rotating automatically and stop at the first pick. A Pick to Light Lightree directs the picker as to which carousel, the item and quantity to pick. The picker completes the batch in a round robin fashion until the batch is complete. The orders are then sent to shipping or the next workstation and the next batch is started until the entire wave is completed.

Implementing vertical and horizontal storage and retrieval solutions such as the Avenger Vertical Carousel and Viper VLM (Vertical Lift Module) is also Harrison's expertise. The Avenger Vertical Carousel is a series of shelves or carriers rotate vertically and deliver the required part or item to the operator at an ergonomic height work counter with a click of a button, scan of a bar code or voice command.

The Viper Vertical Lift Module (VLM) provides vertical storage by having two columns of trays (front and back) with a robotic inserter/extractor device running down the center. The operator simply uses a click of a button, scan of a bar code or voice command to deliver the required parts or items to the operator at an ergonomically positioned work counter. In fact, the height of the tray delivery can be personalized for each user’s exact needs. Likewise, a tilt tray system called ViperTilt™ will deliver the tray and tilt it up so an operator can easily reach the entire tray without reaching, stretching and bending and a laser Pick to Light system called LaserViper will place a red dot to a fraction of an inch on the exact item to be picked to increase accuracy.

About Sapient Automation
Sapient Automaton provides a full selection of automated storage and retrieval systems designed to increase profitability by reducing floor space, inventory and labor requirements while increasing accuracy, ergonomics and throughput performance. Systems used in manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, life sciences, wholesale, institutions and retail applications. Automated Storage Systems include the Hornet Horizontal Carousel, Viper Vertical Lift Module, Avenger Vertical Carousel, Mini-Avenger Vertical Carousel Cart System, PickaMed Carousels, XPress Pix Inventory and Warehouse Control Software, Spit Fire Pick Carts and Pick to Light systems.

For information about Sapient Automation call 888-451-9711, email: or visit the Sapient Automation web site at

Contact :
Ed Romaine
Sapient Automation
2398 North Penn Road
Hatfield, PA 19440 USA