Tuesday 19th Feb 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Maximising space prevents bottlenecks

A worldwide supplier of activated carbons and emission control systems, Chemviron Carbon chose Still Materials Handling to supply every aspect of its materials handling on a turnkey operation at its Ashton in Makerfield, near Wigan, factory.

Chemviron Carbon, part of the American consortium Calgon Carbon, produces more than 100 different products and supply industries as diverse as chemical, medical & pharmaceutical, water, print, packaging, food & drink, engineering and military.

Still has been designing and installing racking in conjunction with its trucks for many years to maximise usable space whilst preventing any bottlenecks.

Working within the racking is a Still FM 14 reach truck. “We decided on the FM reach truck as it offered the best price / performance ratio,” says Steve Jones, manufacturing manager for Chemviron Carbon. n The FM’s driver compartment’s ergonomic controls place all operating functions within reach. Travel direction and all hydraulic functions are regulated using two valve levers with pre-selector switches.

Compact dimensions mean that the FM requires less aisle width, a significant plus when designing the warehouse layout. Wear-free brakes and a high rate of energy recovery provide additional operating economies.

The R 70-25 LP Gas counterbalance truck makes light work of the incoming raw materials. Jones says: “Moving an average of 340 tonnes of carbon every month, it is vitally important to have a materials handling operation to suit.”