Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

VNA solution halves aisle width

As one of the UK’s fastest growing manufacturers of hand and power tools, the Silverline Tools has undergone rapid expansion. Based in Yeovil, the company has a purpose-built office and warehouse complex which has been extended by 3,000sq m. The high density storage solution for the extension was supplied by Linpac Storage Systems.

With 12,000-plus pallets of products to be stored in the new facility, Linpac recommended a 16.6m high very narrow aisle (VNA) pallet racking system. This maximises the use of cubic area within the warehouse allowing four pallets per sq m of storage space.

The 13 aisles have been designed to suit specialist narrow aisle trucks which provide up to a 50% saving in aisle width. VNA racking also offers the additional benefit of stacking height – in Silverline Tools the pallets reach right up to the roof at 17m.

At the end of each aisle, high level cantilever pick and deposit stations facilitate the efficient handling of pallets into and out of the VNA system, providing valuable extra storage. This is especially important to Silverline Tools, as the company carries high stock reserves to enable it to supply ex-stock and offer a next-day delivery service.