(Kenilworth, NJ) FKI Logistex® (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces new control and hardware capabilities for its popular Power Column® 2 vertical lift module (VLM). The Power Column 2 VLM makes use of unused overhead vertical space to deliver a high-density, small-footprint storage and retrieval solution ideal for small items or parts.

FKI Logistex® Power Column® 2 Vertical Lift ModuleNew hardware capabilities of the Power Column 2 include an increase in vertical travel speed from 29 inches per second to 55 inches per second, allowing quicker item retrieval. Other hardware changes include specialty trays available in widths up to 157 inches (98 inches standard) and weight capacities up to 1100 lbs (880 lbs standard).

An integrated parts lookup table is among the features added to the Power Column 2’s controls. The lookup table enables the operator to search for a part number and then have the Power Column 2 automatically retrieve the tray where the part is stored, eliminating the need for the operator to know the tray number to retrieve the part.

Other control modifications to the Power Column 2 include new screen designs on the unit’s touch-screen keypad for increased user-friendliness and enhanced functionality. Additional software control choices are also available. The Power Column 2 can now be operated by the FKI Logistex SpectrumPlus™ warehouse control system (WCS) software, adding an alternative to the SHARK™ software system. Both software packages keep track of picking and putting transactions in and out of the trays.

More accurate and reliable than conventional VLMs that use chain drives, the Power Column 2’s rack-and-pinion drive allows pinpoint retrieval of item trays without adjustment. Available in heights from 10 feet to 50 feet, the Power Column 2 features design options such as a tilt-tray that tilts up to 45 degrees, a lift system that adjusts the height of the pick tray, and a powered door that is lockable for added security.

“The Power Column 2’s robust features and capabilities make it an ideal small item storage and retrieval solution for a variety of industries, including jewelry, pharmaceuticals, electronics, semiconductors, aerospace, and automotive, as well as for applications like tool rooms and small item inventory management,” says Dean Stavraka, product line manager, Power Column 2, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America. “The Power Column 2 combines a variety of ergonomic tools to create an efficient and user-friendly solution for high-density item storage and picking.”

For sales and marketing information, contact Jill Raab, marketing communications coordinator, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America, by phone at (314) 993-4700 or by e-mail at For media information, contact Melissa Farmer, account executive, Koroberi, Inc. (, by phone at (919) 960-9794 ext. 16 or by e-mail at

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