Storage Ideas customised a heavy duty racking design for Schenker International at their premises in Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales.
Freight forwarder and customs agent, Schenker International moved to new premises six years ago and managed without any storage system for the first four years. Two years ago the company decided to have racking installed in stages, to improve access while maximising storage capacity for some freight types.
Schenker International briefed Storage Ideas’ design team on freight types that needed to be stored in the racking, from cartons to heavy machinery in a variety of sizes and weights.
Storage Ideas was required to design a racking system that not only met Schenker’s current needs, but had to be adaptable and flexible enough to satisfy its future relatively unknown requirements.
A staged implementation of racking was required, as the day-to-day operations needed to continue without disruption.
Storage Ideas selected Colby’s heavy duty range of selective pallet racks designed to suit a variety of unit weights with more than 700 pallet spaces provided over six levels, reaching to a height of 8.2 metres. Key features of the design included minimal wasted space and use of narrow-aisle reach forklift trucks.
The system has increased storage capacity by a huge factor, and has paved the way for a stock control and bar-coding system to be installed in the near future that will increase pick accuracy in a real-time environment.
The use of narrow aisle racking has increased space utilisation by as much as 30% over conventional selective racking, with the main saving achieved from the reduced aisle width necessary to access the storage system.
For pallet handling, narrow aisle selective racking is serviced by moving mast or pantograph reach trucks, with the width of the aisle generally being at least one metre less than that required for a counterbalanced forklift.
In case-picking applications, it can be serviced by high and low level stockpickers, which can also be rail or wire-guided in aisles not much wider than the machine – around 1.5m.