Innomed is an ISO certified company that manufactures orthopedic surgical instruments based in Savannah, GA. Founded in 1987 by owner James Andersson, the company started from producing a single product and today produces thousands of instruments, many of which are designed by orthopedic surgeons looking for a specific device for a specific operation.
The biggest problem for Innomed was the storage of their products when they arrived from production. Previously, products were stored and removed from traditional racks which took up a lot of space, were inefficient and presented ergonomic risks for operators, who had to walk inside the warehouse and climb onto the shelves when the material was on the higher shelves. A second problem was the shape of the tools they had to store, many of which had large curved parts that took up a lot of space. The only option for Innomed to stay in their building was therefore to take advantage of the vertical space for the warehouse.
Innomed has chosen Modula to achieve its goals and improve warehousing and picking operations.
Two Modula Lift ML50D are used for the storage of a great variety of tools, allowing Innomed to recover a lot of space on the ground and increase productivity and improve the ergonomics of the operators. The 2 VLMs provide 47 m³ and 330 m² of warehouse, occupying only 28.6 m² of land, allowing to store approximately 2,400 tools per unit.
Innomed was able to store over 90% of its inventory inside the Modula, far more than was expected.
All components are stored in a single area of the most central warehouse, which allows for picking and replenishment in a much easier way.
These improvements in efficiency and time savings are found especially in the picking of large orders, with 12/15 lines each.
Modula helped Innomed change the normal workflow, optimizing time. Previously, due to lack of warehouse space, they had to move products 2 or 3 times to make room for other goods as well.