VLMs and VBMs measure up your facility rather than across the floor space to maximize foot traffic. Standard-sized VLM machines are roughly 5 to 15 feet wide and 7 to 10 feet deep; if trays are too deep, operators cannot reach items toward the back easily. By installing VLMs in your facility operations, you can save up to 90% of floor space, which opens up opportunities to integrate other revenue-generating machinery.
As stated above, VLMs are designed to measure up toward the ceiling rather than across your facility’s floor space. The average VLM height is between 35 to 45 feet but can reach 98 feet if needed. Before you integrate VLMs into your facility, it’s vital to consider your ceiling height, storage needs, and throughput requirements.
When it comes to VBMs, the picking station—or the turntable—on the front of the machine measures 5.8 feet wide while the unit extends an average width of 8 feet. However, VBMs can reach over 34 feet long, so they take up much more floor space than VLMs.
Compared to VLMS, VBMs offer a maximum ceiling height of 39 feet, so they’re typically longer than they are tall. This gives them more of a rectangle shape for a storage solution.