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Warehouse Adaption To Increased Workflow

The Project:

With the incremental popularity of online shopping, major retailers are faced with a number of logistical challenges. Maximising useful warehouse space has become of paramount importance and efficient racking and shelving systems are vital for keeping up with demand.

Our client was contracted by a leading high street retailer to adapt their warehouse to the increased workflow. Additional mezzanine floors as well as twelve new racking bays were to be added to the existing working warehouse. The mezzanine floors were to be manufactured, then built on site and new racking was to be fitted.

This is an on-going project working in coordination with the live running site. Our mission is to supply plant and access equipment, alongside a variety of other machines. Our client requires turnkey solutions and rapid response times.

Our Client:

Our client is an experienced supplier and fitter of racking, shelving, mezzanine and high-bay installations.

The Challenge:

Our role as the exclusive supplier of all necessary plant and access equipment is to provide the correct equipment to assist in the assembly of new racking and storage structures within a fast paced working warehouse.

Our Approach:

After a careful study of the client’s proposal, as well as an examination of the warehouse layout and operations, we provided:

10 m Scissor Lifts: These proved to be the perfect choice for assisting in the building of the mezzanine floors and racking. The scissor lifts provided a reach of over 10 m as well as a generous deck size with extensions, giving the team ample room to work safely while driving at height. Electric vehicles were chosen as they would be working inside a warehouse where the air had to be kept clean.

14 m Telehandler: We chose this machine for moving heavy materials around the site and assisting in overall building, aided by the machine’s 14 m outreach.

2.5 t Diesel Counterbalance: Due to being smaller than the telehandler, the forklift can manoeuvre easily in tight spaces. It proved to be the best choice for assisting in unloading delivery vehicles and placing materials on site where needed throughout the build.

975 l Bunded Fuel Bowser: Provided for the purpose of refuelling the telehandler and counterbalance forklift, this fuel bowser allowed us to maximise operative machine time.

Mainline also provides a bowser re-fuelling service. With just a call we can arrive rapidly on-site to refuel bowsers, keeping the site operational.

9 m Spider Crane: This crane was lifted onto the mezzanine floors where spreader pads were attached to reduce the weight on the point loads on each leg. An electric crane was used in order to preserve air purity in the warehouse.

This machine will be used for lifting materials onto the mezzanine floor and onto the structures of the racking systems, where the full outreach is required.

Manitou 120atj: An electric boom was required, able to fit into an area 1.5 m wide, with an upward reach of 5 m and an outreach of 7m. This machine proved an ideal choice, measuring 1.2 m wide and turning on its own turret, thus staying within its own footprint.

5.5t 7 m Gas Forklift: This forklift was used inside the warehouse for lifting the scissor lifts and other items onto an existing mezzanine floor. The challenge was to lift 3 t to a height of 5 m. After examining the specifications based on a 600 mm centre, this machine was ideal for the job.

Additionally:

  • Familiarisation training was given to the team on operation of the spider crane and certificates were provided.
  • A refuelling service was offered to reduce strain on the site.
  • Machines were delivered the day before needed, allowing work to commence first thing in the morning.

List of Machines Used:

X6 3246 10 m Electric Scissor Lifts (11.75 m working height)

X1 14 m Telehandler

X1 2.5 t Diesel Counterbalance Forklift

X1 975 l Bunded Fuel Bowser

X1 9 m Spider Crane

X1 Manitou 120atj Cherry Picker

X1 5.5 t 7 m Gas Counterbalance

Our Summary:

This case illustrates our ability to provide a comprehensive solution spanning machinery, personnel and training.

Our CAP trained engineers not only provide assistance to our clients on-site, they work behind the scenes maintaining our machines to ensure that every Mainline machine is delivered to our client in optimal working order.

Our training services ensure that our expertise is shared with our clients, making for a safer, more efficient workforce.

Customer Feedback:

We have developed a strong relationship with our customer throughout this on-going project. We work together at the first sign of a new challenge to come up with effective solutions that cause minimal disruption to the end client’s operations.

Our client demonstrates their trust in our experience by consulting our team and relying on our advice.

If you need plant and access hire professionals who can work alongside you on your project, get in touch with a member of our team today.