Warehouse house doesn’t come low-cost, however for firms that retailer frozen and chilled merchandise, the prices per ft2 are even increased in comparison with ambient amenities.
Maximising capability ought to due to this fact be a precedence within the present footprint in addition to in new builds, and that is precisely what Jordan Worldwide Transport got down to do with the design of its new purpose-built storage facility in Moy, Northern Eire.
From there the corporate transports frozen and chilled fish and seafood to all of Eire, and a number of other international locations all over the world together with mainland Europe.
Progress was a serious driver for the choice to construct the warehouse and swap to a brand new system, which aimed to maximise house and obtain higher output.
Within the preliminary planning phases, Storage and Distribution Supervisor Barry McIlvanna spoke to supplies handlings specialist Combilift to establish essentially the most appropriate gear to mix with an automatic racking system supplied by Sperrin Steel.
The Combilift Combi-WR pedestrian stacker was the answer which has enabled considerably extra pallets to be saved in a vastly condensed space whereas decreasing working aisle widths.
An additional consideration was to enhance the ratio of saved merchandise and the quantity of house wanted to entry them, as McIlvanna explains: “The freezer system has to work simply as arduous to chill the comparatively unproductive areas put aside for entry.
With customary racking and traditional forklifts such because the counterbalance and pallet vehicles we had been beforehand utilizing, solely about half of the house may very well be used for storage. With the brand new system, this has risen to 85 per cent so our freezer circuit can function way more effectively and due to this fact extra cheaply.”
In widespread with all of Combilift’s pedestrian vehicles, the Combi-WR options the distinctive, patented and award-winning multi-position tiller arm which permits the operator to stay together with the unit reasonably than the rear.
“The operator’s place with this pedestrian model permits a higher stage of management over the merchandise when transferring them round and as you will have full visibility of the hundreds, the forks and the environment it’s safer for operators and different workers close by, notably when working in our slim aisles and tight areas,” stated McIlvanna.
In addition to enabling an nearly doubling of pallet density, the efficiency of the electrical powered stacker, even within the demanding chilly retailer atmosphere, has been exemplary in accordance with McIlvanna.
“It’s good for our arrange. Working at -18 levels over a couple of hours it by no means misses a beat,” stated McIlvanna.
“We had been initially involved whether or not a truck may work equally successfully in such chilly temperatures in comparison with regular situations, however the workforce at Combilift had all the precise specs and options.”
“Fast accessibility to merchandise, adhering to deadlines and guaranteeing a excessive stage of service have saved us on the prime of our sport for over 25 years,” added McIlvanna.
“We consider being the perfect means utilizing the perfect gear accessible – and that’s what we now have with the Combi-WR. I’m certain that any future progress will contain extra of Combilift’s merchandise.”