The Boeing Company

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.

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The Boeing Company

Key Technologies

  • 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 System PArt Tray


  • 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


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  • part-tray-moving-up-in-vlm-thumb
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