Freight forwarder and customs agent, Schenker International, moved to a new premises six years ago and managed without any storage system for the first four years. Two years ago the company decided to have racking installed in stages, to improve access whilst maximising storage capacity for some freight types.
1. Stacking up the Options
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2. Our Storage Solution
Colby's heavy-duty range of Selective Pallet Rack was designed to suit a variety of unit weights with more than 700 pallet spaces provided over six levels, reaching to a height of 8.2 metres. Wasted space was kept to a minimum. The use of narrow-aisle reach forklift trucks were also incorporated in the design.
Schenker's logistics expertise and precise planning ensured disruption to the operation was kept to a minimum during construction.
3. Customer Benefits
The system has increased storage capacity by a huge factor, and has paved the way for a stock control and bar-coding system to be installed in the near future that will increase pick accuracy in a real-time environment.
The use of Narrow Aisle Racking increases space utilisation by as much as 30% over conventional Selective Racking. The main saving comes from the reduced aisle width necessary to access the storage system.
For pallet-handling, Narrow-Aisle Selective Racking is serviced by either moving mast or pantograph reach trucks, with the width of the aisle generally being at least one metre less than that required for a counterbalanced forklift.
In case-picking applications, it can be serviced by high and low level stockpickers, which can also be rail or wireguided in aisles not much wider than the machine – around 1.5m.