The Boeing Company

Custom Vertical Lift Module Case Study


  • Custom vertical storage units of all sizes and capacities

Composite Aircraft Components Freezer Storage Unit

The Boeing Company approached Bastian Solutions with requirements for a custom, automated vertical storage unit to store preplied, uncured, composite laminates on aluminum storage trays in a freezer operating at -20°F.

Bastian’s solution to this project was a two tower vertical lifting system with a custom, pivoting carriage between the two towers.


Key Specifications

  • Overall dimensions: 46’ long x 22’ high x 8’ wide
  • 20 unique storage locations
  • 1,000 lbs. lifting capacity / 20,000lbs. storage capacity
  • 20’ of vertical travel
  • Synchronized telescoping actuators with integral conveying surfaces

VLM Full System



Automatic storage and retrieval of the product in less than 3 minutes

Smooth and level lifting by means of synchronized electric motors

Lift carriage and storage rack minimize part deflection to less than 0.1” over 40’

(8) electronically synchronized motors power telescoping actuators


VLM Carriage


Photos of our solution

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