SSI Schaefer completes Yearsley racking

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SSI Schaefer has delivered a pallet storage solution to Yearsley Logistics’ Belle Eau Park distribution centre at Newark.

The facility, an extension to the existing site, comprises a 15 m high building with a 13,400 sqm footprint creating storage for more than 26,700 pallet positions. It has been designed to accommodate a national foodservice supplier’s ambient distribution operation, and is part of a three-phase investment that Yearsley Logistics is making on the Belle Eau site.

The build is larger than current requirements and has options to extend – this presents the group with additional sales potential in a whole new business arena.

The operation currently handles 1,200 pallets per day intake and picks 365,000 units per week across a total of 5500 SKU lines.

Two storage systems will operate, the largest of which consists of approximately 15,000 wide aisle pallet locations in an 8,100 sqm footprint, offering both full pallet and full case picking options, serviced with reach trucks and low level order pickers. The heavy duty racking manufactured by SSI Schaefer can carry 3 x 1,100 kg pallets per beam level, while galvanised finished frames and painted wire decking panels are ideal for this food environment application. The system achieves a storage density of approximately 0.54 sqm per pallet stored.

Complementing the wide aisle racking, the second system comprises 11,700 locations in powered mobile racking on a 3000 sqm footprint, occupying 0.25 sqm per pallet stored, including one aisle in each of 4 blocks.

SSI Schaefer integrated the design and installation of the rails and control systems with Russells Construction, who undertook the building project. The rapid fast-track racking installation commenced in November to meet a mid-January handover date for 7,200 wide aisle pallet positions, although this element of the installation was completed early, by the end of December. The mobile racking and complete system is due for completion at the end of February 2016.

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