Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Stock volumes maximised

n Silverman, which distributes a wide range of panels for use in many applications such as furniture, shopfitting, joinery and the exhibition trade, has maximised stock volumes at a new distribution centre having installed narrow-aisle cantilever racking from Pro-Dek Storage Systems.

n The company needed to make the most efficient use of space when it opened a new 2,200sq m warehouse near Coventry. The chosen solution was to divide the floor space equally between block-stacking and a cantilever racking system with heavy-duty floor fixed guide rails, served by multi-direction side-loaders operating in 2,475mm wide aisles.

n The racking configuration was designed by Pro-Dek to allow for four board sizes of up to 3,050mm wide and 2,070mm deep, with pack heights from 300mm to 1,100mm. The eaves height of the building was fully used by installing 7.5m-high racking columns with top arm levels set at 6.8m. Products are stored over three arms set at column centres of 900mm, 1,000mm and 1,100mm.

n Arms are 1,220mm, 1,525mm and 2,075mm long and calculated to allow for a load of 750kg each. Every column carries six or seven arms, depending on pack size. The Pro-Bolt arms used are adjustable in 150mm increments, and have a flush-fitting top connection plate. Silverman believes this has reduced stock damage by up to 7.5%.

n The racking was installed in phases to coordinate with other work being carried out in the building and Pro-Dek also advised Silverman on block-stacking layouts to ensure the bulk storage is as efficient and convenient as possible. The warehouse can hold 450 packs on the racking, and 800 in the block-stacking area.