The challenge of moving products efficiently within a warehouse facility is a constant source of concern for managers and supervisors. In years past, the transportation of goods occurred via hand, or were combined with carts for orders of a higher volume. In some businesses this can still prove to be the case. The use of conveyor belt systems increased speed but produced their own issues, which means a sturdier, more efficient method had to be introduced to maintain throughput.
Automated conveyor systems are a fast and easy solution that allows for the quick relocation of goods and products within a large, or small facility. They are ideal for handling an assortment of items, especially those that are bulkier in size. This is a prime reason why a growing number of companies are installing automated conveyor systems, allowing them to not only increase efficiency within the warehouse supply chain, but improve employee working conditions.
What to consider before purchasing
Before selecting the automated conveyor you want to install you should primarily base your decision on the type of product that will moved along it. This includes the basics such as the dimensions, which will determine the width of the conveyor and the weight. Also consider the amount of items and the rate at which they will pass along the conveyor, and the product type to match up with the type of system you purchase.
Their make-up is incredibly straight forward and yet the benefits they yield are priceless. Quite simply a belt sits atop a smooth metal bed or rollers. For longer distances rollers are the preferred option as they help to minimise any friction created. Their flexibility in shape also means they are not required to be just one, long straight line. Concentric belts used on corners will allow the products and items to manoeuvre round bends without creating issues.
This non-powered option is often implemented for use in the off-loading of goods into the warehouse, sorting of packages and in manufacturing assembly zones. This is usually the cheapest type of conveyor and that is reflected in the lower amount of control it allows over products.
Powered roller conveyors
There are three main types that fall under this category; zero pressure, live roller and minimum pressure conveyors. The liver roller is best suited for light-to-medium weight loads and often used for package handling. Minimum pressure can handle a similar weight load and can accommodate short lines of product accumulation. Zero pressure conveyors are able to handle products that vary in weight and width. Some are used for sorting, kitting, packaging, or installed into shipping and despatch zones. Picking areas also prefer to use this type of conveyor, as do palletising zones, as this style responds well to high throughput.
To move loads that are particularly heavy in weight there are two options; either a roller pallet conveyor or a drag chain. The former can bear heavier loads and typically finds use in pack out areas and accumulation zones. Drag chain pallet conveyors can be utilised in warehouses that require exposure to very low, or high temperatures. As such, it is a specialised system relied upon for specific types of pallet set-ups.
Overhead conveyors are perhaps one of the oldest types of system, although due to their reliability, still prove to be very popular. For finishing lines, rubbish removal or food packing they are an ideal option. Table top chain conveyors are usually put to work in accumulation, labelling and package handling, while magnetic slide conveyors perform best with the transportation of small parts.
Give our design team a call on 01937 58505 if you want a free site survey and expert advice to create the ultimate warehouse facility.
To add to the excellent results for the first six months 2014 (announced in June this year) 2h Storage Solutions Ltd has achieved record breaking results for the second six months of 2014 making the eleventh anniversary of the company even more of a landmark year.
The results have been achieved through a mixture of new and existing clients to add to the already enviable client portfolio. This can be attributed to the company’s excellent reputation within the industry for the no-nonsense and practical approach to projects from an experienced and highly expert team who have worked together for a number of years.
The projects include design, specification, install and integration of Warehouse Storage Systems ranging from semi automated conveyor systems to heavy duty pallet racking systems, mobile shelving and multilevel mezzanine floors across a range of industry sectors.
Many businesses relocate and need to moving pallet racking services, we offer a full range of services to make this simple and hassle free.
We can take a full inventory of your existing pallet racking checking quantities and condition to make sure you are not moving waste materials. We also design and draw out your new warehouse layout so you can see just what you will end up with and how it will work for you. We look at the eve and ridge heights your fork lift trucks specifications and limitations and design the most cost effective solution for your new building and storage needs. We will take down transport and rebuild so you can concentrate on making the rest of your move run smoothly.
We can supply additional racking both new and used equipment and offer lease purchase options subject to status. We can increase and reduce the height of your pallet racking and give you the best layouts for your new building using your racking. We also buy and sell used pallet racking and it can sometime be more cost effective to sell your old pallet racking and let us supply new or used on a lease or hire purchase option.
So if you want to make the most of this one off opportunity to give you the best pallet racking layouts call one of our design team today on 01765 640160.
2h Storage are delighted to be attending the latest WTG – Warehouse Operations and return on investment event, which provides an ideal opportinity to mix with like minded people and work in partnership to develop businesses innovative approaches to best practice procedures.
A must attend event for logistics professionals.
The Warehouse Technology Group examines how to maximise your return on investment
Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Logistics Research and Innovation Centre
Mantra Learning, Greengate, Middleton, Manchester M24 1RU
In tough economic times all businesses are striving for extra efficiency in order to maintain profitability. But in the highly competitive, results-driven logistics industry such efficiency has long been a necessity. Yet within less cash to spare the need to cost justify investment in business improvement has never been stronger.
Knowing which piece of kit you need in order to improve your warehouse operation is one thing, but your ability to demonstrate its return on investment could be the deciding factor in whether or not it becomes a reality.
89 Redirack Employees Lose Jobs as UK Manufacturer Goes Into Administration
2h Storage Solutions were today saddened to learn that Redirack, the UK racking and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire has entered administration with 89 employees losing their jobs.
Redirack, formerly part of the Constructor Dexion Group, have been a UK manufacturer of pallet racking since 1974 and became independent in 2003.
Redigroup Chairman Phil Culling told customers: “Apologies to those we have let down and thanks for those who have supported us over the years. The work to re-build this great brand and emerge again has started, so hopefully we will be back.”
Our thoughts are with those who have lost their jobs. For those requiring more information please contact David Baillie of PwC who has been appointed as the administrator. Tel: 028 9041 5864 or email@example.com.
Are you looking for a local company to take care of all your pallet racking, warehouse safety and industrial equipment supplies? Here at 2h storage we have been designing, supplying and installing pallet racking, shelving, mezzanine floors and warehouse supplies to a wide range of customers in and around our base here at Ripon in North Yorkshire for over a decade.
We also supply all the associated services like pallet racking safety inspections spares and components for pallet racking repairs and our site teams can repair, install, alter or dismantle all types of racking, shelving, mezzanine floors and other warehouse items.
Are you looking for pallet racking accessories like rack protection? We supply and install rack end barriers, upright protection, anti collapse mesh, corner guards, rack end load safety notices and mesh, chipboard and timber pallet racking decks.
So for whatever your storage equipment supplies or service needs let 2h Storage take care of your pallet racking in York, Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.
Are you looking for a stock and product storage system for picking from pallet racking with lower hand picking levels may be the answer. It is common that some warehouse will be designed so pickers can pick direct from pallet locations at low levels while higher beam levels are used to store product before it is moved to a lower levels for picking.
This requires the correct management of fork lift trucks and warehouse personnel to avoid the obvious dangers. Often aisles will be chained off while pickers are operating in the aisles with set times for forklifts to replenish the pallet positions above.
If you would like any advice on pallet racking design and product and stock flow patterns call our team here at 2h Storage on 01765 640 160
A very Merry Christmas from all the team here at 2h Storage Solutions, we would like to thank all those who we helped with their pallet racking, shelving and mezzanine floors in 2013.
We look forward to supplying you all and helping our ever growing numbers of new customers in 2014.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
New and used HiLo premier and HiLo KS warehouse pallet racking components spares repairs and installations
HiLo premier is still a popular type of warehouse pallet racking throughout Yorkshire and the UK although the older HiLo KS warehouse pallet racking is more difficult and costly to buy components and spare parts for. Here at 2h Storage we regularly source and deliver both new and used HiLo pallet racking frames, beams, bracing, baseplates and uprights. Our team of warehouse pallet racking safety inspectors carry out annual pallet racking safety inspections and identify damaged HiLo racking as well as Dexion, Link51, Apex and RediRack. We will then find both new and used parts often providing these parts at discounted rates. We can arrange for a full repair and installation service with our safe contractor status and all the necessary certification we are the first choice for many in the warehousing, logistics and distribution industry.
The answer will really be dependent on each site, however if you have a single entry run of one or more bays of racking this should only be loaded from one side and therefore will require anti collapse mesh to protect from items falling from pallets. There are of course exceptions to this the most common and obvious is if the rack backs on to a wall that is the full height of the rack. If in any doubt a warehouse pallet racking inspection by an independent company should be commissioned.
It is sometimes also the case that anti collapse mesh is installed to the rear of pallet racking even when it does back against a wall to protect windows or partitioning when racks are placed against offices or mezzanine floors with offices.
Here at 2h Storage we can provide an independent inspector as we are not tied to any one supplier. We can also provide you with the supply and installation of any materials for repairs and anti-collapse mesh.