Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

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Middle Eastern supply chain systems provider Redington Gulf has moved into a new facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, where Face Consultants Middle East has tested and certified what it says is the first ever Defined Movement 1 (DM1) fully compliant floor in the region.

Face Consultants, a UKAS-accredited organisation for flatness compliance, was enlisted by the main contractor to review the approved design for the floor slab.

The Face Middle East engineer team then supervised floor slab construction, testing each panel the day after it was laid with the Face Digital Profileograph. In total 21 very narrow aisle slabs were surveyed and certified as DM1 compliant.

After the racking had been fitted in all VNA areas, Face Middle East installed the wire guidance system, comprising more than 1.2km of wire connected to the line drivers – the frequency generators for the VNA trucks to follow.

S Chidambaram, general manager SCM of Redington Gulf, says: “Floor surface is the most important aspect of a VNA racking facility, especially when the racking has a top beam height of 15 metres.

“The major objective to insist on DM1 flooring was to increase efficiency, better throughput, speed and the safety movement for all our materials handling equipment. We wanted to achieve the best possible result for our flooring surface.”

Redington Gulf was established in 1997 as an IT distributor in the Middle East and Africa and has evolved into a fully integrated supply chain systems provider addressing IT and telecom verticals. Its brand portfolio includes HP, Nokia, Dell, Acer, Samsung and Canon.

The logistics centre in Jebel Ali Free Zone reflects the company’s plans to develop into a supply chain consolidator.Effects from the floor can cause trucks to move from side to side or in a front to back nodding motion as they travel along the length of an aisle.