Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Packing in the pallets

Corbett Packaging has worked with Still to design a new warehouse and materials handling system at its extended packaging facility near Wigan, Lancashire. Still handled the deal on a turnkey operation – including flooring, storage systems, forklift and warehouse handling trucks – and also supplied a ride-on floor scrubber for fast and efficient cleaning.

A fleet of two FM14 rider reach trucks, one R70-20 LPG counterbalance truck, five R60-16 electric counterbalance and one R60-45 electric counterbalance supplied with a bale clamp provide all the materials handling needs at the Wigan manufacturing and storage site.

Jeff Shawe-Boydell, transport manager for Corbett Packaging says: “With the new warehouse we have seen an increase of over a third in storage capacity bringing the total capacity to 4,300 pallets, even though the total floor space has actually decreased! Still helped us to design the racking in order to make maximum use of the available space and installed it in conjunction with the new floor.”

Corbett Packaging makes cardboard packaging materials for use in industries as diverse as food, clothing, mail order, removal and storage, plastics and even the tobacco industry. Its boxes are made to order in any size configuration up to 5sq ft.

Due to the nature of cardboard strict fire and safety regulations apply. Still reconfigured the FM-14s’ reach legs to enable them to lift from ground level, as opposed to up and over the top of the reach legs. This enabled the racking to be lowered to comply with current fire regulations while retaining the desired levels of racking, as the regulations state that there must be a certain distance between the top of the palletised product and the ceiling. Without this a considerable portion of storage space would have been lost.