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Perfect Pallet Racking and Shelving for Hampshire Distribution Centre.

Case studies

June 2006

By Charlie Jeary
Director, Owner - Winchester, Hampshire

Charlie Jeary

The challenge

Hampshire Pallet Racking – When it came to choosing a company with the technical ability, project management skills and design capabilities to turn a shell into a hi-tech central distribution centre as part of its new European HQ, CooperVision, the world’s third largest contact lens makers, turned to the Spaceway Group.
Comprising of high bay pallet racking, carton live racking designed to integrate with a Knapp automated conveyor system, two-tier warehouse offices complete with integral mezzanine floor and labelling for over 100,000 locations, Spaceway has turned the space into a fully functional distribution centre.
Spaceway’s approach

In order to accommodate both pallet storage and picking, Spaceway suggested that the area was divided into two sections. Section one included the installation of high bay pallet racking in two areas with the layout designed to accommodate a VNA man-up forklift.  In order to meet insurance requirements relating to sprinkler systems, section two was fitted out with mesh decking to accommodate the storage and picking of cartons.  Anti-collapse mesh was fitted to the pallet racking in areas of concentrated pedestrian activity to prevent items falling on employees.
To accommodate the fastest moving lines amounting to 3000 stock keeping units (sku’s), BITO carton live racking was designed and installed to integrate with an automated Knapp conveyor system to transport picked items to the packaging and despatch areas.  Finally, Spaceway installed 100,000 labels in both areas of the warehouse to provide racking identification, bin locations and equipment.

Solutions / products used

Single Storey Office
• Two, two storey offices
• FlooriTall integral mezzanine floors
• Steel faced industrial partitioning & ceilings
• Floor coverings
• Recessed modular light fittings
• Skirting trunking for telecoms and computer outlets
• High bay pallet racking designed to accommodate a VNA man-up forklift
• Sprinkler systems
• Mesh decking
• Anti-collapse mesh
• BITO carton live racking to integrate with an automated Knapp conveyor system
• Racking identification

Benefits delivered

“Even before we went out to tender, Spaceway was willing to work with us on designs and respond quickly to our requests”, says Andrew Hammond CooperVision’s European Projects Director. “Added to this Spaceway’s first rate reputation and competitive pricing ensured they were awarded the contract. The project was delivered on time and the quality of finish was absolutely first class.” concluded Andrew Hammond.   “We are delighted with the finished job which meets all our requirements”.