VLMs Upgrade Combat & Tactical Equipment Storage

vertical lift modules storing tactical equipment

With an increasing number of materials, a supplier and rebuilder of combat and tactical equipment for the U.S. Army also wanted to combat their lack of space. In addition to space, they also wanted to be able to ensure the safety and ergonomics of their workers. The ultimate goal was to make employees’ jobs more enjoyable by eliminating many of the pains associated with their old shelving.

Jason Madore, a representative at Southwest Solutions Group, worked together with the supplier to design and plan a new storage system that would meet all of their needs. Read on to learn about how the VLMs were able to upgrade their storage and save space in their warehouse.

Before the VLMs

Materials and parts were placed on static pallet racking and custom-made pallet boxes where all storage and kitting occurred. Staff picked everything by hand. They traveled to locations in the warehouse via guided vehicles that no longer functioned. Their materials were also spread out over multiple warehouses. This caused delays and required extra resources and manpower to send or retrieve items from another warehouse.

The warehouse wanted to be able to save enough space to consolidate all of their storage into one. They also wanted a solution that would assist with picking and putting processes, managing inventory, and fulfilling orders. Any software solution also needed to be integrated into their existing LMP, a customized SAP system. With their static storage, it took about 48 hours to reset lines, pull parts, and pick new parts. Their goal was to complete 40 orders a day in one shift with 5-10 lines per order.

The Solution

The desire for compact storage, security, inventory management, and (most importantly) employee safety helped them decide on a solution. To meet all of their goals, they decided to install four nearly 30′ tall vertical lift modules (VLMs) in the warehouse.

VLMs combat equipment storageThe VLMs provide automated storage and retrieval on a grand scale in the building. It stores a huge amount of items, from small to medium parts. This includes anything from consumables, nuts, bolts, wire harnesses, and screws to heavy and bulky hardware. With the VLMs implemented, the warehouse experienced a 60% increase in floor space. Instead of storage, the area is used for more productive operations. With the ease of picking operations in the VLM and the extra warehouse space, employees are much more efficient and able to retrieve, construct, and ship more equipment faster. Because the supplier decided to consolidate their materials, they also didn’t need to spend time and resources transferring items between warehouses.

The picking and order fulfillment software installed with the VLM integrated seamlessly into their existing LMP. This allowed them to continue operations without any downtime while the system automatically tracked inventory and assigned storage locations.


The staff is extremely pleased with the system and SSG’s installation team, who concluded the project one month ahead of schedule.

The new VLMs secure all of their small to large parts in one machine instead of having needed parts in different locations across the floor, which took extra time to retrieve. The automated shutter door keeps supplies secured while not in use, which prevents pilfering or theft. It also provides additional protection from dust, dirt, or water that can damage contents.

They are now able to use their space to its full advantage and reach all of their production and shipment goals. The VLMs work so well, in fact, that the supplier plans to fill the entire room with over 30 machines.

Contact Us

Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for vertical lift modules (VLMs) in all types of applications across all industries. No matter what you store, we want to help you upgrade your storage and save space. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with one of our specialists, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Vertical Carousel Organizes Dental Implants & Medical Devices

medical device storage

A manufacturer of dental implants and other medical devices was quickly growing in size and orders. This also meant that their small space was also quickly running out of room. With more than 100 employees, they were ready to expand their storage with their business. But how would they continue to grow their company with so little space? Rich Reimer at Southwest Solutions Group worked with this manufacturer to find a solution that would work specifically for them: a vertical carousel, perfect for storing and organizing dental implants and medical devices in far less space.

Vertical Carousel Provides A Space-Saving Solution

Rich saw that one thing in particular would help the manufacturer immediately overcome their space constraints and improve productivity and throughput at the same time. He suggested a highly efficient vertical carousel, which are ideal for storing medical devices and finished goods. With a compact design, the shelves or drawers within the carousels rotate up or down via the shortest path and automatically deliver stored items to the operator at an ergonomically-placed work station. Since the vertical carousel is so easy to use, employees spend less time searching for products stored on wire shelving. The operator simply pushes a button to rotate the carousel to bring items to him or her instead.

Within the fourteen foot tall, eight foot deep vertical carousel, staff was able to store the same amount of numerous wire shelving units in a fraction of the space. By installing just one carousel, they were able to reduce the amount of floor space used for wire shelving from half to 20%. Now that space is used for shipping stations on both sides of the carousel (pictured) to provide an ergonomic right-to-left flow during product processing and picking. Since they need to quickly prepare orders for shipping, they’ve also been able to save a lot of time by having everything they need in one area.

With still more space available, employees who didn’t have one before were given workstations to add another level of productivity gains and employee comfort. They plan on adding another carousel in the near future in order to transfer more of their wire shelving storage and continue growing and streamlining their processes more efficiently.

vertical carousel storing dental implants

Improved Storage Conditions & Compliance

As with all medical device manufacturers, the company must also comply with record-keeping and quality control processes as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It ensures that damaged, contaminated, obsolete, or otherwise inadequate products are not distributed. When combined with warehouse management software, the vertical carousels also provide picking solutions and electronic documentation for stock rotation. This prevents expired devices from being shipped and distributed, while picking validation is set up to ensure accuracy. Electronic tracking also reduces or eliminates the need to store paper files. Paper easily takes up space and can get lost, damaged, or misplaced.

Another disadvantage of traditional static shelving is how easily dust accumulates on stored products. In some applications, dust accumulation may not be a concern. However, it was of great importance to the staff that their products were always in the best condition for their customers. Shutter doors enclose items within the carousel, protecting them from dust and other environmental factors that cause deterioration or are unsightly. No one wants to receive an order covered in dust or warehouse debris. Additionally, vertical carousels are equipped for storage applications that require environmental control, such as coolers or freezers.

The staff is extremely happy with their solution and has filled the carousel with over a dozen overflow racks. Now it’s a much simpler process to pick, sort, organize, and package items. With the additional space extra work stations for employees, they are able to quickly respond to and satisfy customer needs.

Contact Us About Vertical Carousels for Medical Devices

Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for applications just like this one in a wide variety of industries. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Installation Technician Needed in Kansas City

installation technician now hiring

SSG is continuing to grow, and we are currently accepting applications for an installation technician position in the Kansas City area. If you are a highly motivated, knowledgeable individual who wants to work with other skilled professionals and clients, please apply today!

Installation Technician Overview

We are looking for a talented, methodical, and self-motivated installation and service technician for automated storage system, modular casework furniture, and other business storage optimization products with an eye for customer service and critical thinking. This person must be able to organize, execute, and utilize independent problem-solving skills to meet customer needs and product service requirements.

Installation Technician Responsibilities

Responsibilities include working closely with customers and other technicians to develop plans and install, move, service, and repair company projects within budget and time frame. Includes utilizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address and solve customer concerns and installation issues and maintaining rapport with customers by investigating complains, identifying solutions, and identifying and implementing improved methods and techniques.


Installation and service technicians require a high degree of basic math, problem solving, attention to detail, punctuality, logic, communication, and customer service skills. Applicant must be able to stand, walk, reach, lift, etc., be exposed to open air weather conditions, and withstand loud noise levels frequently. Must have a Driver’s License and transportation.

Experience & Education

High school diploma, GED, or one to three months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of experience and education.

Southwest Solutions Group® Kansas Office

7949 Bond Street
Lenexa, KS 66214
Telephone: (913) 345-0289
Fax: (913) 345-9758
Email: info@southwestsolutions.com

About Us

Southwest Solutions Group® is a solutions-oriented company that has been providing innovative business efficiency systems specializing in space savings and productivity since 1969. Today, we have over 90 employees in 10 offices serving Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Washington, Montana, Tennessee, and Idaho.

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Adjustable Pharmaceutical Bin Shelving Saves Space on Hospital Campuses

pharmaceutical shelves with workspaces

In hospitals, time is of the essence more than ever. Patients need their medicine, and nurses need their supplies so they can do their job right—and fast. That’s why two hospital campuses, both belonging to the largest non-profit healthcare provider in the Seattle area, contacted our healthcare storage specialist, Jim Deller. Knowing that an efficient storage solution would not only save time but save lives, Jim recommended an adjustable pharmaceutical shelving system as well as wire mobile shelving for supply storage in both applications. Read on to find out how these solutions improved every aspect of the hospital’s storage.

Pharmacy Shelves with Integrated Work Surfaces

The first campus was previously using a high density mobile system for their inpatient pharmacy that was too confining for their needs. In this high-traffic area, staff found that they had to move the units too often and couldn’t stay in the aisles for very long. Overall, for the type of storage they needed, it was not conducive to productivity. The staff was also having a hard time moving around and finding what they needed since the room was quite cramped. Retrieving supplies was a burdensome task for everyone.

First, the adjustable bin shelving system was installed for storing pharmaceuticals. It was imperative that these prescriptions were easy for pharmacists to retrieve for patients and not take up very much space. Staff also needed enough room to be able to sort, process, and distribute the pharmaceuticals on tables.

However, it turned out that there was no need to make extra room for the tables. Instead, work surfaces could be integrated right into the shelving itself. Now staff can simply take the bins they need off the shelves and sort them on the work surfaces. This not only saves space but reduces travel time from shelving to work spaces. Little efficiencies like this go a long way towards saving time, especially in a busy hospital. There was even enough room to include a mobile wire shelving system for storing IVs and other supplies, allowing them to consolidate everything they needed into one area.

Consolidating Storage From Two Rooms to One

adjustable pharmaceutical shelvingAt another campus, staff was facing a similar problem. Their storage consisted of one wire rack with everything else stored across the hall in another room. This meant they had to spend more time traveling to retrieve what they needed. Staff also had to lock and unlock the rooms multiple times during the course of the day, which wasted time. The rooms also had little space with wood shelves and casework that were not adjustable and provided no flexibility. People were literally bumping into each other when trying to navigate through the narrow aisles.

The staff also wanted a storage solution that would store everything in one room and provide enough space for them to move around comfortably. The staff wanted to be able to adjust their storage as their needs changed over the years. Adjustable pharmaceutical shelving was able to solve every space and flexibility concern.

Overcoming Building Obstructions

Another challenge was that the storage room included many columns in the space. The shelves would have to fit around these obstructions efficiently.

The adjustable pharmaceutical shelving offers a great amount of flexibility that can be moved up, down, angled, or straight. Staff members can quickly adjust the shelves anytime. For future needs, it’s easy to include new features later on. The shelves also saved a huge amount of space (despite the presence of multiple columns throughout the room) because they can be mounted against the wall.In-Patient Pharmacy Storage

The pharmacy even had some leftover space available. A mobile wire shelving system stores IV and bulk supplies in the same room as pharmaceuticals. This allowed them to reduce their storage from two different rooms to one. This means less time spent traveling from one room to another, supplies that are easier to find and access, and better security since staff only need to worry about keeping one room locked and secured. The clear bins also offer enhanced visibility of stored pharmaceuticals. This further decreases the time it takes for staff to find what they need.

Both campuses very much enjoy their new storage for pharmaceuticals and hospital supplies. It’s now easier than ever for staff to find and retrieve supplies, take inventory, ensure security, and get what patients need faster. This has overall translated to a more positive work environment, where staff has gone from stressed to smiling. Now they can get back to serving patients instead of worrying about where everything is.

Contact Us for Adjustable Pharmaceutical Shelving

We offer design and installation services for adjustable pharmaceutical shelving in applications just like this one. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


How 24/7 Package Delivery Lockers Attract More Lessees

24-7 Package Delivery Lockers

Delivery tracking, managing, and receiving woes? 24/7 package delivery lockers are the new, innovative solution that allows building managers, landlords, lessees, and others focus more on what matters rather than manually managing incoming packages and parcels, and prevents recipients from constantly having to check up on the office to see if their package has arrived yet.

Businesses, apartments, and other buildings are developing more and more pain related to package delivery and distribution. What previously took just a few minutes a day can now take hours due to the sheer amount of people shopping online, with nearly 20% doing so at least once or twice a week.  The packages clog up concierge desks and leasing offices, keeping people from the tasks they need to complete. Additionally, there is no way to track if a package gets misplaced in the process, leading to unhappy recipients—and deliveries are only expected to increase over the next few years.

What Package Delivery Lockers Can Do

Package delivery lockers relieve all the pain of having to manage packages. What does your office look like now? Are recipients constantly coming in and out, asking about the state of their delivery? Is your office cluttered with other people’s packages? And how long does it take you to find these packages when the recipient comes to retrieve them? And if you’re in a business office, how can you ensure that every package is delivered to the correct recipient, and what are the consequences if it’s not?

package management relief with delivery lockers (1)Think about all of these problems going away for good.  24/7 package delivery lockers are, as the name implies, available whenever and wherever for recipients to pick up their packages so you don’t have to.

How does it work? Upon delivery, the package is simply placed in an open locker compartment (multiple sizes are available to accommodate small parcels or large packages of any size and shape) and is entered on the easy to use touchscreen. Once it’s processed, an email or text is sent to the email or cell phone of the recipient to let them know that their package has arrived. The message includes the locker and PIN number. At their earliest convenience, the recipient simply types in their assigned PIN on the touchscreen and retrieves their package from the now open compartment. The system logs the item as retrieved, and system managers can access this audit tracking at any time.

Package Delivery Lockers Are Growing

Big companies like Amazon have recently been using the package delivery lockers to manage their huge amounts of deliveries, but there have been an increasing number of them popping up in other applications too. For example:

  • Business/Corporate Offices: Instead of needing to hunt down employees (sometimes across multiple buildings) and sign, the package can be dropped off in a locker and picked up later. There’s no need to worry “Is this package being given to the right person? Will it reach its intended recipient in time? Will it be misplaced during this process?”
  • Leasing Offices: Package delivery lockers can be an included amenity for apartments and other residential facilities that manage a lot of tenants. Instead of having to interrupt your day by retrieving resident packages, they can retrieve the packages themselves. And this way, they aren’t limited to office hours when work schedules may have previously prevented them from retrieving packages in a timely manner.
  • University Mail Services: Especially during the holiday seasons, handling mail for students who live on campus or with P.O. boxes can be a managerial nightmare with long waiting lines, limited storage space, and students who need to get to class on time. Package delivery lockers work with you and university students instead of against busy and inflexible schedules.

BIM Revit Makes Design Easy

The package delivery lockers are available to design on our BIM Revit website, which allows you to easily create your exact solution while ensuring that you remain within your budget. Simply load up a template, and you can order the lockers for installation as-is or you can easily use the software to modify the design. Your solution will then be shipped and installed for you. You can also save your designs and quotes so you can return to them later. Check it out here, or call us at 1-800-803-1083 for additional assistance.


How Vertical Hospital Bed Lifts Can Double Your Storage

Vertical Hospital Bed Lifts

Storing hospital beds efficiently is undoubtedly a challenge that most, if not all, hospitals face.  Often, they are littered across hallways and basements with nowhere else to go. However, this causes a lot of problems with code compliance and safety. Jim Deller at SSG helped one hospital solve this problem easily with vertical hospital bed lifts, which can store multiple hospital beds in the same footprint as a single bed.

How the Bed Lifts Saved Space & Improved Hospital Operations

Hospitals have to store a lot of beds; oftentimes, much more than they have room for, and there are also a percentage of extra beds that need to be stored in case a bed needs to be repaired. Additionally, a hospital may have anywhere from 5% to 10% of their beds out for repair at any given time. A 400-bed hospital could potentially have 20 to 40 beds needing repair. They are also expensive and require maintenance, meaning they need to be stored somewhere while they’re waiting to be repaired. Hospitals often have to resort to storing them in hallways and other inconvenient locations where they can easily be run into and damaged or can impede hospital operations by being in the way.

vertical hospital bed liftsSSG provided five vertical bed lifts to a hospital that was having this exact problem. Each lift stores three hospital beds in a single compact footprint, allowing them to store 15 beds in their small storage room. Previously, this hospital stored their unused beds in hallways and other inconvenient spots in the hospital. Because of this, there were various issues related to code violations, lost and damaged beds, and lack of space. It was difficult to retrieve beds and navigate them through the hospital, and the staff was wasting valuable time hunting for the beds that were needed.

The vertical hospital bed lifts provided a heavy-duty storage solution that was neat, safe, and easy for all of the hospital staff to use. The lifts provide plenty of storage space for all of their extra beds in addition to security, protection from damage, and a fast, easy method of keeping inventory.

The hospital currently has 265 patient beds and will soon be building a new patient tower with 80 more. When construction is finished, the hospital plans on adding more vertical bed lifts to accommodate their new storage capacity.

Contact Us for Vertical Hospital Bed Lifts

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for vertical hospital bed lifts to help you get started on saving space and having more time for patient care. The bed lifts can also be designed in our BIM Revit software, where you can design the exact solution you need to your specific needs. For more information or to speak with a specialist to see if a vertical bed lift is right for you, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Providing ADA Compliance with High Density Mobile Systems

ADA Accessibility with Mobile Systems

We’ve talked about high density shelving a lot here, but did you know that it also provides complete ADA compliance? Mobile systems not only reduce your storage footprint by half or double it in the same space, but it also ensures that none of your employees are hindered from accessing the materials they need—and for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this is extremely important.

Ensuring Mobile Shelving Complies with ADA Guidelines

ADA compliance turnaround aisle spaceStorage is addressed in the Title III Nondiscrimination on The Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities section of the ADA, so facilities are responsible for making sure their storage adheres to these guidelines. And more importantly, accessible storage creates a positive environment for everyone, including those with permanent and temporary disabilities. Though mobile storage is not specifically addressed in the ADA, it offers multiple options that allow the systems to comply with guidelines. Powered high density shelving in particular is the easiest and most accessible system to use and has a variety of programmable options available.

Safety devices

Automatic safety sweeps will stop movement of carriages if an obstruction breaks the infrared beam, which protects stored items as well as the people in open aisles. The carriage won’t move again until the safety has been reset, which is easily done with the push of a button.

Accessible aisles

ADA wheelchair accessible aislesAccording to ADA guidelines, accessible aisles must be 32 inches at minimum and 36 inches continuous clearance for wheelchairs. For wheelchair turning clearance, a floor space of 60 inches is needed. Mobile shelving can provide the proper space between aisles in less floor space then stationary shelving, which has to provide equal amounts of space between each shelf. With mobile shelves, ADA accessible aisles can simply be made when and where they’re needed. Additionally, dual access aisles provide entry and exit on both ends and may eliminate the need for a turnaround.

Floor surface

Mobile shelving rails are mounted flush to the floor, which eliminates tripping hazards for anyone walking or using mobility aids.


Your mobile system contractor will calculate ramp requirements for your specific application. Ramps are required for wheelchair access when there is a change in levels greater than ½ inch.

Opening force

ADA guidelines state that doors cannot exceed 5 ft-lb. The primary concern for mobile systems is how easily a person using a mobility device can access it. This is why we recommend powered shelving, as they are easiest to move for wheelchair users or even users on crutches. A remote control can also be added, allowing users to start opening an aisle before they reach the shelving.

Control height

ADA guidelines set a range from the floor of 35-48 inches for elevator call buttons. These guidelines should also be applied to mobile shelving controls. Similarly, signage can be located adjacent to the controls for ease of access and readability.

Contact Us for More Information on ADA Compliance with Mobile Systems

Southwest Solutions Group® provides ADA compliant high density mobile shelving and other storage solutions to all types of facilities and applications across every industry. If you’re interested in storage systems with ADA compliance, we would also be happy to provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs before you commit to buying anything. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Modular Bin Shelves Provide More Hospital Storage Capacity

Modular Bin Shelves

It’s a common problem in healthcare: a lot of things to store, and not enough storage space. This is exactly the issue a Seattle area hospital was having with their storage; it just took up too much space, and hospital staff were spending too much time on retrieval and re-stocking. With the help of Jim Deller from SSG, the medical center decided to implement modular bin shelves to replace their standard wire carts in each of their Replenishment Rooms as well as in their ED, ER, and Respiratory Departments.

The previously-used wire carts were functional, but didn’t allow the hospital to run as efficiently as possible. It took a substantial amount of valuable time for nurses and staff to find the supplies they needed, and this translated into lost time with patients. The hospital wanted to provide the absolute best healthcare from a service and human standpoint, and discovered that this could easily be done by just managing their inventory better—and with a storage system that would allow for flexibility and growth into the future as well.

How The Modular Bin Shelves Improved Supply Storage

Now, the medical center enjoys 40% additional capacity in each area, enhanced visibility for users and inventory staff, and easier and quicker access to fast-moving supplies. This means nurses aren’t spending as much time “hunting and gathering” supplies, and more time with their patients. Click here to watch a video about how it works.

So, can modular bin shelves work for your hospital too? Ask yourself these questions:Modular Bin Shelves for Hospital Supply & Restocking

  • Are you using any of your overhead vertical space, or is everything spread out over your floor area?
  • Are your aisles tight and difficult to maneuver in?
  • Are your carts always shifting and moving, making it even more difficult to work in said aisles?
  • Can you see your entire inventory at once?
  • Do nurses and staff have to spend their time searching for what they need?
  • Does your supply room fit a limited number of people?
  • Do you have to re-stock your inventory daily or multiple times per day?
  • Do you think you can do better?

If your answer to any of these questions was “yes,” then it sounds like modular bin shelves could be a valuable asset. The bin shelves can:

  • Double your storage capacity in a smaller footprint than racks and carts
  • Open up your storage area for easy maneuverability and other tasks
  • Increase your number of floor items
  • Decrease re-stocking trips
  • Increase your floor supply
  • Prevent costly building expansions with a smaller storage footprint
  • Provide enhanced flexibility to adapt to your changing needs

Contact Us for Modular Bin Shelves

Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for modular bin shelves. We will also be happy to provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before you commit to buying anything. For more information or to speak with a healthcare specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Hospital Logistics Automation Systems: A Better Way to Cut Costs

Logistics Automation Healthcare

“Logistics automation” is a phrase that some hospitals and healthcare facilities are still resisting. But with the aging population and every hospital’s need to cut costs and improve performance, it’s becoming more and more common. “But wait,” you say, “we don’t want to put anyone out of a job, and automation is the fastest way to do that.” Not necessarily! Automation will never be able to replace actual doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, but it can save them valuable time so they can get back to treating patients faster. Logistics automation isn’t just a nifty piece of technology to have—in the coming years, it will be absolutely vital.

Why Logistics Automation is Growing

Most of the processes that logistics automation focuses on are things like medication counting and tasks that don’t require much cognitive thought. Automating these tasks not only allows professionals with more clinical work time, but reduces human error and the time and costs associated with it. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few automation technologies that have been popping up in a growing amount of industries, including healthcare. The best part is that they provide multiple solutions: inventory management, logistics flow, and space savings being just a few.

Vertical Lift Modules & Vertical Carousels

vertical carousel glass slide storageVertical lift modules (VLMs) and vertical carousels are seen in a lot of warehouses, and have also been increasingly used in medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing because they’re especially suited for high-value items. They offer an all-in-one solution that manages inventory, tracks items and provides audit trails, keeps stored materials secure, efficient dispensing, and integration with refrigeration and fire suppression systems. This is huge, especially when regulations require security and documentation for items like prescription medication. With inventory management technology, it can also manage your stock rotation and distribution so you’re not scrambling with expired medications and products.

Horizontal Carousels

horizontal hospital distribution carouselHorizontal carousels are great for distribution. When orders need to be filled, people need to move fast, and it’s just impossible to be as efficient as possible when they have to walk and search through aisles of shelving, carts, and other outdated storage systems. Instead, all they need to do is push a button and the requested item is delivered directly to the operator. This also allows more items to be processed with fewer errors and, thus, with less incurred costs.

Of course, these are just a few examples. There are many logistics automation technologies out on the market, but it can be difficult to figure out where to start and decide what would work best for you. Even with these initial difficulties, automation provides substantial benefits in the long run and, usually, a very quick return on investment. Take a look at some of the benefits that come from even light automation:

  • Labor savings
  • Reduced human errors
  • Reduced paper that takes up space and can get lost or misplaced
  • Standardization
  • Higher throughput and efficiency
  • Lowered overhead costs
  • Continuous automated feedback, allowing you to identify and further streamline productivity

Contact Us for More Information on Logistics Automation

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design, installation, and implementation services for a wide variety of logistics automation products and software to all types of healthcare facilities. We would also be happy to provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs before you commit to buying anything. For more information or to speak with a healthcare specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Physical Therapy Equipment & Rehab Supply Storage

physical therapy equipment storage

When a hospital needed a better way to store their physical therapy equipment and rehab supply, SSG was on the case right away. Their previous rehab storage, which consisted of three different rooms for storing wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and walkers, was an organizational nightmare and was nearly impossible to navigate through, much less even open the doors to the rooms themselves. Staff had a hard time entering the rooms and finding what they needed among the clutter, which took up most of the floor space. Being busy with tending to patient needs, staff got used to storing items haphazardly and inefficiently. When the hospital received funding to construct a new therapy department, they were committed to making the most of their space this time around. Jim Deller of SSG and his team were more than happy to help.

Physical Therapy Equipment Storage Solutions

rehab therapy supply storageWhat set SSG apart from the rest was their ability to get the job done without requiring the hospital to sacrifice valuable time and resources. After Deller worked with the hospital staff to design a customized storage solution that would meet all of their needs in less space, the team went in to clean up and de-clutter the room.

A customized shelving system was designed that would allow the staff to store walkers and wheelchairs in the same unit. Wheelchairs are stored on the bottom so they can be rolled out easily, and walkers are stored on the top shelf. This keeps them from being scattered on the floor and shoved into corners where they can be easily damaged. When someone’s undergoing physical therapy, one of the last things you want to happen is to finally get ahold of a wheelchair only to realize that it’s unusable; at that point, everyone’s time is being wasted. Since the walkers need to be stored upright, a unique solution was provided: golf club bag dividers, which held the walkers in place. Additional items like binders and boxes can also be stored on the shelves. A slatwall was also designed with hanging accessories for storing crutches, canes, bags, and backpacks.

Valuable Benefits from Organized Storage

The physical therapy staff now reaps multiple benefits from the new space-saving solution:

  • Increased safety due to physical therapy equipment being organized and stored neatly, preventing trips and falls
  • Staff can quickly and easily find the equipment and supplies they need, allowing them to get back to their patients faster
  • Damage is prevented since expensive equipment is no longer stored improperly and on the floor
  • Staff can visually take quick inventory of the items they have
  • The equipment room now looks much more professional

Contact Us for Physical Therapy Equipment & Rehab Supply Storage

Now the rehab therapy supply room is neat and organized, allowing staff to tend to their patients more efficiently and increasing patient satisfaction. Southwest Solutions Group® would also be happy to help you get organized and find a better way to store your supplies and materials. To make sure we’re the right fit for you, we also provide a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.