SSI Schaefer has delivered a new pallet storage solution to Yearsley Logistics’ Belle Eau Park Distribution Centre at Newark.
The new storage facility, which represents an extension to the existing site, comprises a 15m-high building with a 13,400 sq m footprint creating storage for more than 26,700 pallet positions. It has been designed to accommodate a national foodservice supplier’s ambient distribution operation.
The actual build is larger than current requirements and has options to extend – this presents the group with additional sales potential in a whole new business arena.
The operation currently handles 1,200 pallets per day intake and picks 365,000 units per week across a total of 5,500 SKU lines.
Two storage systems will operate, the largest of which consists of approximately 15,000 wide aisle pallet locations in an 8,100 sq m footprint, offering both full pallet and full case picking options, serviced with reach trucks and low level order pickers. The heavy duty racking manufactured by SSI Schaefer can carry 3 x 1,100kg pallets per beam level, while galvanised finished frames and painted wire decking panels are ideal for this food environment application. The system achieves a storage density of approximately 0.54 sq m per pallet stored.
Complementing the wide aisle racking, the second system comprises 11,700 locations in powered mobile racking on a 3,000 sq m footprint, occupying only 0.25 sq m per pallet stored, including one aisle in each of four blocks. This space-saving mobile racking provides a very dense and efficient storage medium and is designed for storage and picking of full pallets.
SSI Schaefer integrated the design and installation of the rails and control systems with Russells Construction, who undertook the building project. The rapid fast-track racking installation commenced in November to meet a mid-January handover date for 7,200 wide aisle pallet positions, although this element of the installation was completed early, by the end of December. The mobile racking and complete system is due for completion at the end of February 2016.
The new development is part of a three-phase investment that Yearsley Logistics is making on the Belle Eau site, bringing continued employment and growth to this area.
SSI Schaefer was selected after competitive tender due to its advanced technology in mobile system and high quality products.