Matthew Clark selects Link 51

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Drinks supplier, Matthew Clark has taken on UK shelving and storage manufacturer Link 51 to design, manufacture and install wide aisle pallet racking at its Bristol bulk storage warehouse.

The 8,400 sq m pick and pack facility at Portbury was completed a week ahead of schedule, and is operated by the Bristol Port Company.

The racking provides capacity for 8,572 pallet locations with heights varying from 4 to 6 pallets.

The initial priority was to include 15 tons of steel spreader plates to support the structure on the hardened warehouse floor slab. The racking system was based on 15 wide aisles, each 75 metres long with two bridging bays to facilitate cross aisle transfers.

Each pallet location was configured as 1m wide by 1.2 m deep, as opposed to the conventional 1.2m wide by 1m deep, for better vehicle loading and distribution.

Bristol Port’s development engineer, Paul Osborne said: “Given the time constraints, the fact that Link 51 manufactures in the UK provides substantial benefits, including rapid access to spares as and when required.”

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