Mouser goes vertical

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas – Mouser Electronics, Inc., has gone vertical with 55 vertical lift modules (VLMs) at its global distribution centre in Texas, setting a national standard in technological advancement for distribution.

The VLMs are a goods-to-person order fulfillment and storage tool. VLMs deliver the components directly to the workstation, vastly increasing efficiency and floor space. The automated machines can reduce an employee’s walking time by 45 percent or more.

“The digital revolution is driving worldwide demand for electronic components,” said Glenn Smith, president and CEO of Mouser Electronics.

“To meet this demand, we are making substantial capital investments in state-of-the-art automation systems to expand capacity and maximize efficiencies in our global distribution centre.”

Mouser now has 55 Vertical Lift Modules — including 11 brand new modules. The VLMs are expected to house up to 120,000 parts total once fully online, helping Mouser’s distribution teams greatly expedite orders for its 630,000 customers worldwide.

“We are excited to have the largest installation of Vertical Lift Modules in all of North America, a true testament to our belief in working smarter. With the 200,000 square foot addition to our warehouse more than halfway complete, our teams are laying the groundwork for several new automation systems,” Smith added.

Construction is also under way on a 50,000 square-foot office building addition on Mouser’s 78-acre campus at the Dallas-Fort Worth global headquarters. When complete, Mouser’s global headquarters and distribution centre will consist of one million square feet to accommodate an inventory of more than a million unique SKUs for products and technologies.

Part of Berkshire Hathaway, Mouser now has 27 offices worldwide, including new offices in Poland, Vietnam and Brazil that opened this year.