Monday, August 20, 2018

Logistics Group Reconfigures Warehouse and Reduces Fork Lift Truck Requirement

Revision of Facilities and Equipment Doubles Available Storage Space
Shipping News Feature
UK – As with any modern freight and logistics provider, a major concern for Cheshire based H2Ecommerce (H2E), is the cost of space in operating its pallet storage warehousing which is combined with a range of retail fulfilment and logistics services on behalf of a string of clients spread across industries as diverse as printing and pet supplies. The company operates from a modern 27,0000 square foot facility in Crewe, 17,000 of which is dedicated to storage.

Now, following a recent review of intralogistics processes, H2E has maximised the utilisation of the store and doubled the pallet capacity at their Crewe site by introducing very narrow aisle racking served by Flexi articulated warehouse truck technology from Narrow Aisle Ltd. The aisles within H2E’s Crewe store are now just 2.0 metres wide with each pallet rack filled to roof level, which means that the warehouse now has a pallet capacity of 2,200, a 100% increase against the previous 1,100 space maximum. H2E’s E-Fulfilment Manager, Kevin Over, observed:

“Our revised storage system has a top racking beam height of 7.2 metres which means we are now using all the 9.5 metre height available within the building. Going higher and reducing aisle widths to 2 metres has resulted in a significant increase in the overall density of the storage space available and our stockholding capacity has doubled.”

The new layout is accessible to the Flexi AC1000 model articulated truck in operation at the H2E site and was supplied with a high definition LCD CCTV system to ensure that operators have a clear view of the load and the racking when retrieving and stowing pallets at the highest level. In addition, the truck’s HiVIS lift mast and specially developed integrated tilting and side shifting fork carriage eliminate mast deflection at the highest lift heights, making pallet movement fast and efficient.

To further enhance truck operator safety and the wellbeing of other warehouse staff, the Flexi 1000 features both an audible reversing warning and a visual reversing warning that projects a beam of blue light on to the floor 3 metres behind the vehicle to alert staff to the truck’s presence. Like all models in the Flexi range, the AC1000 is able to operate safely both inside and outside the warehouse and this versatility has allowed H2E to reduce the materials handling equipment in operation at the Crewe store from three units to two. John Maguire, commercial director of Narrow Aisle Ltd, commented:

“The introduction of Flexi articulated truck technology has allowed H2Ecommerce to maximise the capacity and efficiency of its fulfilment centre. By redesigning and reconfiguring its existing intralogistics infrastructure and using new technology and handling techniques, the company has created a highly cost effective operation that delivers attractive financial returns in double quick time.”