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Modelling a way forward

01 June 2024

Handling solution delivers high levels of storage density combined with easy accessibility for cleaning product supplier.

DRIVEN BY demand for its award-winning cleaning products, Astonish elected to move to a new state-of-the-art warehouse space in Bradford. Crucial to the success of the venture were storage and materials handling solutions that would meet current needs and accommodate anticipated growth. 

With fast-paced operations. Astonish needed to streamline processes, maximising efficiency in both production and warehouse sections while also delivering sustainability. As a first step, the company turned to Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks whose specialists worked closely with the Astonish team to find a solution that offered high levels of storage density along with easy accessibility. 

“When we began discussions the customer expectation was that we would recommend the use of VNA trucks but after detailed modelling it quickly became clear the double-deep was the way to go.”

A combination of double-deep racking, and an eight strong fleet of Mitsubishi RB series double-deep reach trucks, EDiA 3-wheel counterbalance trucks, and PREMiA power pallet trucks proved to be the answer.

With the move to its new facility Astonish wanted to future-proof its operations.

Warehouse and logistics director Simon Burrows, says: “We were determined to get it absolutely right. The Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks specialists helped us every step of the way, from modelling different solutions for the layout of the warehouse right through to supplying us with a complete materials handling package.”

This process involved a series of site visits and discussions with the customer to ensure any recommendations would meet the requirement for high storage density needed to handle future expansion.

A key component in the new facility is the use of double deep racking. Tim Jones of Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks explains: “When we began discussions the customer expectation was that we would recommend the use of VNA trucks but after detailed modelling it quickly became clear the double-deep was the way to go.”

“Our primary focus in setting up both production and warehousing areas was to standardise and simplify everything that we do so that we can focus on other aspects of the business.”

Taking up the story Simon Burrows says: “The team came in and showed us how it would save us space, enabling us to operate with narrower aisles and fit more racking and more stock into the storage space in both warehouse and production areas.”

Importantly, the fleet of Mitsubishi trucks is proving as popular with the drivers as is with management. Features like Stability Support System and Mast Tilt Control on the RB reach trucks make them highly efficient and satisfying to operate as mast sway is kept to a minimum. The result is exceptionally fast and accurate handling that combine to optimise pallet retrieval times.

The double-deep reach trucks are also fitted with cameras to allow operators to clearly view loads at high lift and maximum reach without placing strain on their necks.

Alongside them, the 3-wheel EDiA EM electric counterbalance trucks excel with a 360-degree steering system. Both the counterbalance and reach trucks have quick battery change options, plus a battery management system to ensure correct maintenance and to protect against potential damage to batteries from inappropriate charging.

Simon Burrows adds: “Our primary focus in setting up both production and warehousing areas was to standardise and simplify everything that we do so that we can focus on other aspects of the business. 

“The whole package has allowed us to achieve that. To keep things running smoothly we now have a fleet management system that ensures trucks are properly maintained and operated with care by identifying impacts and encouraging safe operation. The result is less damage to premises, products, and the trucks themselves.”

For more information, visit www.mitsubishi-forklift.co.uk

 
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