The Hänel Lean-Lift combines storage rationalisation with inventory protection and efficiency.

Your goods are stored vertically, in the most logical, height optimised locations as defined by you or the built-in software. On-demand, the goods are delivered to the retrieval area (G2M) at the correct ergonomic height, to avoid strain or injury. The Lean-Lift has the capacity to store an enormous amount of your inventory, in a fraction of the footprint which would otherwise be required. Additionally, the sophisticated technology in-built can ensure 100% stock transparency – both restricting access as necessary, and keeping a full audit of who took what, and when.

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Flexibility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness:

For some years, businesses have been expected to make less go further.  The increasing demands of modern storage and retrieval are economy, efficiency and ease of use.With use of the Hänel Lean-Lift®, Industore offers you the opportunity to implement the best in class system for storage organization, materials handling and item retrieval.  The solution, whether used as a standalone item, or as part of a vast network of lifts and integration is widely regarded as the most advanced machine of its sort anywhere in the world.  The Lean-Lift saves time, storage space and costs, while enabling a much more efficient workflow holistically – maximising the use of your space, and vastly improving your day-to-day operations.

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Industore Hanel Lean Lift and ASRS Expert, Ross Powell Automated Storage and Retrival System

Improve stock control and security

Storing and maintaining all of your valuable assets should never be compromised. The Hänel Lean-Lift can better manage and consolidate your inventory whilst adding a layer of high-end security. The system has a range of built-in security features ranging from PIN protection to fingerprint scanning, with the option to include automated security doors and camera/CCTV monitoring – preventing unauthorised access.

Smart systems. Through smart technologies, we will integrate the controllers into your existing IT system or supply you with our own, creating the ultimate storage management system.  Intelligent controls and tailor made software solutions enable a seamless operation for your warehouse.

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Storage trays

At Industore, our project managers will find out exactly what you’ll be storing and will customise the interior fittings of the machine accordingly. From multiple trays with slotted holes and movable dividers, to trays with adjustable front walls, you’ll receive a truly custom-made solution for your individual demands.

The size and weight of your stored goods will determine the mechanical parts and carrier sets for the trays and will be adapted effortlessly to your future needs and growing product range, whilst still achieving maximum efficiency of total storage volume. The benefits of Hänel tray are:

  • High load-bearing weight capacity up to 750kg per tray
  • Proven long lifecycle
  • Tray sizing can be altered at a later date

We also provide a wide range of accessories for your trays, including:

  • Plastic containers
  • Tool inserts
  • Moulded trays for small parts
  • Special holders for cable drums
  • Printing rollers
  • Rods and tubes

Access points

The open access point of the Lean-Lift is where you collect your items.

The access area:

  • protects the user from any potential harm thanks to the light barrier safety feature
  • monitors and records the storage items being collected

For larger warehouses located on many floors, you can achieve multiple access points for different departmental staff. This enables staff to access the items needed quickly and more efficiently.

Multifunction positioning system

This sophisticated machine also offers a multifunction positioning system where built in light sensors take height measurements of the storage trays for optimal packing density on multiple levels.

When you have different sized stored items, the light sensors measure these items and the microprocessor control system finds the optimum storage location in the Lean-Lift – regularly achieving a density ratio of over 95%.

Drive components

The motors in the Lean-Lift provide rapid acceleration and maintains smooth braking at all times. For example, the vertical speed of travel for trays with a load capacity up to 500kg is 2.3 m/sec with an empty extractor, and 1m/sec with a loaded extractor. Horizontally the extractor travels at a speed of 0.5 m/sec.

The machine is able to offer 100% duty cycle, with the most dependable up-time of any AS/RS.

The Lean-Lift has a 4-point suspension extractor utilising 4-chain technology.

  • No tilting your requested items
  • No problem with uneven load distribution, even with heavy weights
  • Easy maintenance access from the side
  • Complete durability
  • High efficiency
  • Accurate positioning
  • Enhanced lifecycle
  • Strong safety precautions

Inventory control

Inventory management programs are in-built to our intelligent software systems for the computerised handling of storage processes. All elements are listed via the touchscreen monitor where all data is stored and recorded.

If you experience a power outage or if the storage system switches off, your records stay up to date thanks to the intelligent back up functionality. For ultimate storage management, these integrated software programs manage:

  • storage locations
  • article numbers
  • stock quantities
  • minimum inventory
  • pick lists


Built in one of the best manufacturing facilities in Germany, you can expect a reliable machine proven to eliminate the risks associated with material handling and storage in the workplace, conforming with all EN and UK regulations.

The Hänel lean lift is equipped with multiple sensors and safety features that ensure accuracy and safety at all times. The MFPS-2 positioning system in the Hänel Lean-Lift® enables the containers to be positioned exactly. With sensors on both sides of the transport system, deviations are within a maximum range of +/- 1 mm.The Hänel light curtain guarantees maximum safety for the operators as they pick and put.

The curtain monitors its own functional reliability continuously.
That means: the control system reliably switches the lift off if a fault Hänel storage systems work reliably and deliver. Should a malfunction arise, however, the Hänel redundancy systems kick in. Lean-Lifts® can be fitted with a second safety circuit, for example. This means that if the safety light barriers in the retrieval opening fail, it is still possible to continue operating the Lean-Lift® with the sliding door closed.

The Hänel ESB (Expanded Safety Bypass Package) can also be integrated in the Hänel Lean-Lift®. By activating the ESB system directly at the microprocessor controller, the user can continue to operate the Hänel Lean-Lift® in defined cases despite a malfunction. This redundancy system consists of eight integrated safety circuits. :built. in one of the best manufacturing facilities in Germany, you can expect a reliable machine proven to eliminate the risks associated with material handling and storage in the workplace, conforming with all EN and UK regulations.

Environmental conditions

Industore has seen a steady increase in demand for storage systems benefitting from temperature controlled environments and clean and dry store rooms. Specifically for those needing to adhere to high quality standards, companies turn to Industore for their solution.

From semiconductor components in the electronics market to sensitive substances in the pharmaceutical industry, specific items need to be stored and monitored under controlled conditions.

In the Lean-Lift you can efficiently store all your electrical components, chemically sensitive substances, medicines and perishable goods all in the one place, as climate levels can be maintained by automatic, high speed closing doors, in airconditioned rooms.  Speak to one of our experts if you have an interest in temperature, humidity and/or climate controlled solutions.


A component of Hänel’s high-speed-picking concept is the Pick-to-Light system which quickly identifies the location of your required items reducing user error and mispicks.

The system works using an LED array which integrates into the panel above the access opening of the Lean-Lift. The system searches all items stored and a coloured LED beams a ray of light directly onto the identified item for rapid selection.

Hänel also offer Pick-to-Light-Vario which is perfect for variable container divisions. In the same way as Pick-to-Light, items are identified by LEDs but with the Vario solution you will have 4 integrated lights on a free moving unit in the Lean-Lift.

Pre-store buffering

With a number of different items stored, it can be common for the items required in a pick list to be located in different containers on different levels within the Lean-Lift. With Hänel’s pre-store buffering, the time needed to access consecutive containers is considerably reduced.

Whilst the operator takes the required item from the first container at the access point, the extractor is already bringing the second container to a storage location directly behind the access point. Then, once the operator has finished with the first container this is stored directly behind the access point and the second container is delivered to the operator.

This feature is particularly popular with businesses storing large amounts of fast moving parts.

Integrated camera

For transparency and traceability over high value parts and secure monitoring of stock, an integrated camera can be the right move for your business.

Each time an item is selected or returned to the Lean-Lift, an up-to-date photograph of the tray is taken. For larger operations, one or more cameras can be integrated to monitor goods in and out at each access point, this guarantees an optimal visual overview of your whole storage situation at all times.

Moreover, a simple logistics operation can be introduced into your business by integrating cameras, as a number of images are archived per tray so that inventory fluctuations can be seen and actioned accordingly.


Choose from a range of colour designs for your chosen machine. Whether you opt for one of the popular standard finishes or proceed with a premium colour, your machine will integrate neatly into your warehouse or stand out with confidence – the choice is yours.

Energy efficiency

Nowadays, more and more businesses are searching for new and improved ways to reduce their carbon footprint across their organisation. Automated storage and retrieval systems have been proven to have a positive impact on the environment, effectively consuming energy whilst in motion and reducing energy loss whilst stationary.

Throughout the years Hänel have always placed great emphasis on continually improving their machines for energy consumption. Careful selection of high-quality, modern components and technologies allows for further energy savings.

With The Lean-Lift, a high rate of efficiency is ensured by the lift’s drive components, as well as the minimisation of friction during tray movements where the smooth action plastic rollers help to avoid friction loss on each tray return. What’s more, motors controlled by a frequency converter use up to 50% less energy than drives running at full load powered directly from the mains.


We understand that with the ever increasing energy prices of today, you’ll need to factor in costs, consumption and benefits not only for your department but for your entire environment.

With Industore you can reduce your CO2 emissions and return almost half your expended energy back into your supply network by adding the EcoDrive system into your automated storage lift.

EcoDrive will convert the kinetic energy of the extractor into electrical energy and feed it back into the electrical supply system of your machine. This enables up to 40% power recovery that can be used effectively, for example, in powering your other automated devices in your network.

The EcoDrive can even help companies adhere to overarching green and environmental policies without disrupting or restricting operations. With the EcoDrive you’ll be able to reduce your power usage by on average up to 40%, and achieve cost savings alongside a massive reduction in CO2 emissions.


With the EcoMode system from Hänel, you can sustain complete control over your energy consumption. Through four different power-saving levels, Lean-Lifts that remain at standstill for long periods of time without being operated can be turned off automatically. This reduces the energy intake of your automated storage systems to a minimum when they are not being operated. Once the machine is activated via the controller, the Lean-Lift will return to its full operational readiness in no time at all.

For shift work, or machines operated only during certain times in the day, time intervals can be programmed which shut down all machines as and when required and can be adapted precisely to your workplace needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Multifunction positioning system.  A brief overview:  The Lean-Lift uses built-in height detection sensors to take height measurements of the products on your storage trays, thus ensuring on-going optimal packing density.  If you decide to change your packaging or alter the product height within your Lean-Lift, the height detection sensors will ensure you’re still benefitting from optimal storage density – futureproofing your storage needs.

Our Lean-Lifts are designed specifically to your needs, and there are endless variations on what can be manufactured to suit your requirements.  Typically our lifts have a load-bearing capacity of up to 1,000kg per tray, (and 60,000kg per lift).  If you’re looking to use AS/RS for particularly heavy payloads, we recommend getting in touch with one of our space and storage experts, who’ll be able to assist you with a more tailored response.

As standard, our machines come in a variety of colours, (various greys, green, blue, red, brown, white aluminium and anthracite), but any RAL number can be chosen for your lift.  For even more tailored, entirely customisable options, please contact one of our product experts.

Whether for consistent, high or very low temperatures, we have the solutions to suit your needs, and we regularly supply these sorts of solutions to clients – particularly those in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.  Lean-Lifts, take tempretures from zero – +40 degrees celsius in their stride, and Rotomats, -20 – +40 celsius.  For more demanding temperature requirements, we’d recommend getting in touch with one of our product experts – as we also provide powered trays, which can accommodate commercial fridges and freezers.

Lean-Lifts fitted with a second safety circuit empowers organisations to operate the lifts, even if the safety light barriers in the retrieval opening fail. With the expanded secondary safety feature (ESB), users can continue operating lifts in broader, defined cases despite a malfunction. This redundancy system consists of seven integrated safety circuits, ensuring safe and uninterrupted use until your Hänel trained, Industore engineer or technician arrives.

  • Lean-Lifts offer heavier weight allowances, and greater weight load management options.
  • Lean-Lifts often offer greater storage density when products vary in sizes.
  • Lean-Lifts could be easier to repurpose, should you change your stored goods regularly.
  • Lean-Lifts are very versatile in terms of the sorts of containers you can include inside them.  Examples of these range from corrugated cardboard boxes to metal fittings, plastic bins, euro containers and much more.
  • Lean-Lifts facilitate broader customisation options for more complex requirements, such as powered trays.
  • Lean-Lifts can offer extremely good eco benefits – such as energy recovery, which can improve company’s green credentials.


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