Pittsburgh, PA – March 31, 2020 – Hänel Storage Systems, a leader in the manufacture and integration of automated vertical storage units, has been granted status as an essential business by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Office of Governor Tom Wolf during the COVID-19 crisis.
Governor Wolf’s Executive Order of March 19, 2020 declares that no person or entity shall operate a place of business that is not life-sustaining, regardless of whether that business is open to members of the public. These COVID-19 Orders are necessary to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Hänel provides automated storage and retrieval systems to customers in a wide variety of markets, and these include hospitals, military bases, federal government, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Should the systems installed at these locations fail in some capacity, the results could be catastrophic. For example, hospitals would have delayed access to much-needed supplies in storage, such as surgical masks, gloves and instruments.
For this reason, Hänel is permitted to operate throughout the present crisis, having proven to play a critical role in the manufacture and supply of goods and services necessary to sustain life.
Hänel’s exemption is subject to the continuance of and compliance with the social distancing and other mitigation measures currently in effect to protect employees and the public, by operating within virtual and telework operations established by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In-person work at a physical location will be performed by the most minimal number of employees possible in order to deliver proper goods and services.
The shipping of spare parts will continue from Hänel’s Pittsburgh headquarters via a limited team, and requests for field service and systems integration will be handled remotely.
About Hänel Storage Systems
Founded in Germany in 1953, Hänel’s North American headquarters has been located in Pittsburgh, PA since it was established in 1984. Hänel Storage Systems specializes in the design and engineering of Rotomat® vertical storage carousels and Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Modules for a wide range of industries and applications. Hänel provides sales, service and technical support to North and South America through a network of factory-trained channel partners and service providers.
Introduced in 1957, the Rotomat® Vertical Carousel is based on the Ferris Wheel principal. Inventory is stored in a series of carriers that rotate within an enclosed unit and are accessed at a single opening. This vertical “goods to the user” concept improves productivity, lowers costs, increases security and saves valuable floor space.
Introduced in 1994, the Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module stores inventory on trays that are automatically measured for height each time they enter the unit. A vertical extractor places each tray within the unit in a location that maximizes available storage space. Trays can be equipped with dividers, totes, bins and specialized holders to store any type of inventory.
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