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Hänel donates automated storage unit for education of high school students

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hänel Storage Systems, manufacturer of automated vertical storage units, has donated an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) to Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. The RotomatÒ vertical carousel will be used to store school materials and provide live demonstrations for the school’s Logistics Education Department.

Hänel offered two RotomatsÒ to the Material Handling Institute (MHI), and Western Guilford was one of several schools to apply for the donation. The second had been donated to Vincennes University in Plainfield, IN earlier this year.

The Western Guilford logistics program is aimed at teaching high school students about warehousing and supply chain management. The RotomatÒ is an advanced storage and retrieval system where the students will learn how to store and pick inventory.

“The Hänel RotomatÒ is now one of our most prized possessions. Our students learn in a warehouse lab that also includes a Predator stretch wrap machine, Big Joe V-15 electric forklift, a SimLog forklift simulator, pallet jack, 144 feet of beam width racking and an assortment of platform truck, hand truck and warehouse tools,” said Art Close, Western Guilford Logistics Education Director. “We appreciate the gift Hänel has given us, and will use it to improve the education and skills of our students.”

The RotomatÒ currently stores office supplies for teachers, and the logistics classes run what is known as the Teacher Store. The Logistics Education Department is currently in its fourth year, and 60 students are enrolled in the program, including Advanced Placement. “AP students in programs like this are rare across America, but our program is attracting them thanks to equipment like Hänel’s,” said Close. Even though the program is relatively new, some Western Guilford have already gone on to work in logistics for companies like Home Depot.

Western Guilford High School opened in 1968, and currently educates 1300 students in Grades 9 to 12. It is part of the Guilford County Schools system, which is the third largest district in North Carolina. Western Guilford has the first high school logistics program in the state, and is the lead school system in the consortium that have such programs, so the school is primarily responsible for developing courses and content.

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