Iconic Australian airline Qantas has selected two BT turret trucks from Toyota Material Handling (TMH) (NSW) to pick stock at its new state-of-the-art parts distribution centre in Mascot, Sydney.
Opened in April 2006, the 18,000 square metre centre is Qantas’ primary storage facility, providing logistical support for Qantas’ global fleet.
Qantas selected the BT C15 turret truck after a working group of distribution centre employees thoroughly tested and evaluated the available options.
The warehouse has 280,000 stock items, and supplies logistical support for the entire worldwide Qantas fleet, as well as providing a parts loan service to other airlines.
Qantas uses the BT turret truck to pick single cartons or pallets containing large items, including aircraft chairs, life jackets and batteries.
Larger items such as engines are moved using a five-tonne Toyota forklift (7FG50) and a Toyota 6FBRE reach truck, both supplied by Toyota Material Handling (TMH) (NSW).
Qantas has also partnered with IBM and Siemens to provide an advanced, integrated picking system known as the MLCS (Mini Load Crane System) for the centre’s smaller items. The system improves efficiency by automatically picking barcoded items and returning them to a central point, reducing the need for staff to manually shop for items using picking trolleys.