DB Schenker, the UK’s biggest rail freight company, has upgraded storage of repairable engineering parts for locomotives at its Parts Distribution Centre near Nottingham with a mezzanine floor, associated storage and materials handling equipment from Pro-Dek Storage Systems.
The Parts Centre acts as the main warehouse for the company’s traction maintenance depots throughout the UK, including pre-used components and sub-assemblies that are repairable.
Some 3,250 used parts are on site at any one time awaiting repair, and these were previously stored outside the warehouse without weather protection.
The Pro-Dek mezzanine has created 133 sq m of additional storage space within the warehouse, allowing the used items to be stored securely and without reducing usable space on the ground floor. On the mezzanine floor Pro-Dek has installed an adjustable steel shelving system with dividers so that components can be managed efficiently before being sent for repair.
A pallet gate at one end of the structure allows fork lift trucks to move loads between the two levels safely. To assist with the handling of heavy items, the mezzanine was specifically designed to accept a 250kg-capacity electric hoist with hand-held pendant control.