Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Side loaders speed up handling

WHS Halo, one of the UK’s biggest PVC-U extruders for the window industry, has taken delivery of six multi-directional sideloaders from Sidetracker Engineering for its national distribution centre near Birmingham. The order is worth £300,000.

The centre holds 2,000 product lines, and the company wants to deliver full orders to customers within 24 hours. The trucks are used to block-stack stillages arriving from extrusion and lamination plants, replenish the 9m-high cantilever racking used for live storage and carry picked material to the despatch area for consolidation into complete loads for customers.

They have a 9m lift height, a maximum load capacity of three tonnes, 1,200mm long forks and are 2,100mm wide, allowing them to operate quickly and safely in the 2.2m aisles in the cantilever racking.

Each truck has two batteries, enabling them to work round the clock when required. A fork-mounted platform enables staff to pick some