Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Agility fits out Coventry warehouse

HiLo-PSS and Polymark have joined forces under the Agility Group banner to create a 1,365 sqm storage and distribution warehouse in Coventry for a major supermarket chain.

For fast moving garments the HiLo-PSS design team prepared detailed CAD drawings to provide nearly 6,000 metres of handing rail as part of a streamlined system to cater for the storage of approximately 289,000 garments.

The designs include a hanging garment conveyor and sortation system supplied by Polymark and PEP.

The main order process operation is based on a three-floor system. The ground floor has a part storage area and two buffer zones (one for final despatch and the other for incoming items). Induction and take-off points carry garments to a PEP ladder conveyor, which circulates up through level one and onto two before returning back through the various floors to the ground floor.

Items destined for the hanging garment storage areas move directly from the delivery vehicles to buffer in-feed lanes for QA procedures, prior to release into the main storage area. Colour-code hangers incorporating an RFID chip identify garments.

As the batch reaches the first floor drop off point a reader identifies the destination and either opens the drop off switch or allows the garments to continue to the second floor. After leaving the ladder conveyor the garments are collected by an operator and taken along each aisle on a central mounted overhead slide rail.

Garments are then manually removed from the slide rail and stockpiled in their final storage location. HiLo-PSS also designed two areas of pallet racking in two chambers. Chamber one measuring 3,300 square metres is located adjacent to the hanging garment system can accommodate 2,968 pallet locations while chamber two measuring 2,500 square metres has 3,218 pallet locations. The pallet racking is used for fast moving goods with operators picking from pallets on the ground floor.

The Agility Group is a partnership which uses its members experience and expertise to provide customers with a one stop shop for storage and handling systems.