Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

The meat is on

Direct Table Foods has installed £20m of pallet racking from Link 51, at its bacon processing factory in Bury St Edmunds.

Direct says that a key requirement of the operation was to achieve a blend of longer term storage and rapid response, “it is vital that both handling efficiency and versatility was built into the racking layout.”

Chris Hopkirk, pallet racking systems sales director for Link 51 says: “We specified a system that could house 1100 pallet positions throughout the cold store which operates down to -5 ºC.

At the same time it was important that we made full use of the height of the warehouse area as the layout had to incorporate a number of aisles of sufficient width to accommodate occasional block-stacking of specific trays to meet the needs of one of the company’s major supermarket customers.

In turn this has seen four beam heights being installed to create five levels of storage, including the floor.

Installed back-to-back, the aisles feature bays of two pallet widths each.

The galvanised pallet racking also meets the requirements of the brine mix store at the site while, in an adjacent room at ambient temperature, Stockrax shelving has been installed.

This is used for the storage of the range of packaging labels and associated material that are a continuous part of the process.