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Use the Horizontal Carousel Module (HCM) to store and retrieve goods quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively.

Whether in production or distribution - HCMs are ideal for managing medium and slow-moving SKUs requiring high throughput rates.

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Technical Specifications

Carousel length 5,900 mm to 46,700 mm
Number of carriers Dependent on the carrier width (CW): CW 622 mm: 16 to 120 carriers | CW 825 mm: 14 to 100 carriers | CW 960 mm: 12 to 90 carriers
Carrier width 622 mm, 825 mm, 960 mm
Carrier depth 460 mm, 560 mm, 610 mm
Carrier height 1,854 mm to 3,658 mm
Carrier payload 450 kg, 680 kg and 900 kg

Key Features

  • Higher throughput and shorter delivery periods
  • Reduced warehousing costs
  • Optimized storage space
  • Guaranteed permanent access to the goods
  • More efficient processes
  • Less picking errors

Batch Picking

Paperless picking is easily made possible with an HCM. Several orders are combined together into one batch, allowing operators to pick multiple orders at one time with less walk and search time.


Variability and Flexibility

  • To achieve high throughput during peak times and meet seasonal picking requirements, the system can divide into different work zones at the push of a button. This makes it possible to have a pod of six HCMs operated by one operator to meet normal demand and then split into three work zones with three operators (one in each work zone) at peak demand times.
  • The HCM is suitable for a variety of different applications and items. Within the carriers, users choose individual shelf distances and adapt them to the items stored. It’s even possible to efficiently store bulky items, up to the entire carrier height.

A Reliable and Compact Design

From development and manufacturing to customer service, the Horizontal Carousel is a compact, reliable, low-maintenance unit with nearly 100 % availability. It ensures consistent and long-term operational safety.


Excellent Picking Performance

  • The requested items are delivered to the operator quickly, directly, and reliably – eliminating travel and search times commonly associated with manual inventory systems. To achieve this, HCMs always take the shortest path to the access opening. The display-tool-feature displays to the operator which items and what quantities to pick from which storage location.
  • Organized together in a work station or pod, each HCM operates independently, allowing for a fast overall system throughput. One operator can work off 200 to 400 positions per station per hour. Pick- and put-to-light displays on the machine and on the picking station guarantee accuracy rates of more than 99%.

High Payloads and Optimal Space Utilization

  • HCMs are ideal for the storage and retrieval of small and medium-sized items. Moreover, it is capable of storing items with a maximum payload of 54 tons. The load capacity is chosen according to the application.
  • Items are stored compactly in a confined space and delivered to the operator as requested; this eliminates unproductive operator travel within the warehouse. The actual picking zone can be as small as 5 to 10 square meters.

Key Components

A small spacing of 38 mm and twice this number of hook options for shelves is the formula for the success of the HCM. The shelf spacing combined with standard bins increases warehouse capacity.

Since the shelves rotate 180 degrees, they can be used in several different ways, significantly improving the item handling. The 14 mm front lip on each shelf prevents the stored goods from slipping. They are optimally secured in a horizontal and forward-tilted position.

  • Tilted forward
  • Horizontally
  • Tilted backward

The robust strength of the shelf helps to reduce shelf deflection against higher concentrated loads.

A shelf lock is optional. It minimizes the vibration noise of unloaded shelves since they are connected to the carrier at the crossbar. Another plus! Safety and installation availability increase, since autonomous disengagement is not a concern.


  • I- or L-shaped configurations shorten travel distances and simplifies order picking
  • Suitable for rooms up to three meters high
  • Easily operated by one person
  • L-, I-, or U-shaped installation possible
  • Suitable for rooms up to three meters high
  • Achieves faster order picking by using several operators at the same time
  • A multilevel station, where two or three Horizontal Carousels are arranged above one another (each at least 2.5 meters high)
  • Autonomous order picking performed by one operator on each level
  • Suitable for rooms up to nine meters high
  • Combination of between two and four Horizontal Carousels, each four meters high
  • Picker transported to the retrieval location by a lifting platform
  • Suitable for rooms up to 4.5 meters high

Fast and Reliable Warehouse Operations | Kardex

The Kardex Horizontal Carousel stores and retrieves goods quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively. It is an ideal choice for production or distribution areas and for applications with high retrieval rates or moderately fast and slow- moving goods. Watch how it works and the numerous benefits it offers distribution centers including:

  • Optimized storage space
  • Increased throughput
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology
  • Electronics
  • Machinery & Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical
KardexKardex is a global industry partner for intralogistics solutions and a leading supplier of automated storage solutions and material handling systems. This begins with the assessment of customer requirements and continues through planning, realization, and maintenance of customer-specific systems. It ensures a high level of availability combined with low total cost of ownership and operation. Approximately 2'100 employees in over 30 countries work for Kardex. Kardex Holding AG is listed on the Swiss SIX Stock Exchange since 1989.