Danwood Group chose a mix of pallet racking, two-tier carton live picking systems and mezzanine design with interconnecting conveyors for its new 100,000 sq ft distribution centre at Lincoln.
Danwood distributes printers and copiers alongside consumables and spare parts and has 32 sales offices together with satellite distribution centres in Scotland and Ireland, linked to the Lincoln facility. More than 1,000 new and 2,000 second-hand units are shipped each month so the capacity and flexibility of the storage system is fundamental to the ongoing success of the operation.
“We needed to ensure that the optimum blend of bulk storage and picking of smaller parts is achieved at the new facility,” says group purchasing and logistics director, Peter Hopton.
“This has seen Link 51 pallet racking installed to allow six levels of storage which can accommodate either palletised items or, importantly, larger machines which are delivered complete with wheel fittings. The latter,” he continues, “are located into the racking using pairs of parallel runners that span from the front to back beams which Link 51 has installed specifically to meet this precise requirement.”
The mezzanine structure meets a dual picking function with long term storage items on the upper level and the main rapid picking area on the floor underneath.