Knowing that they would need to have additional equipment installed, they approached SEC Storage and a number of providers to assist in the design of the new storage systems. However, due to SEC Storage's unique approach, it provided Piccadilly Greetings the opportunity to re-assess their entire storage methods and operation, not just the new warehouse.
SEC Storage first set about maximising the cube, primarily looking at the height of the building. Significant gains could be made by implementing a multi-tier rack supported picking structure, allowing for an increase in capacity in the picking operation and greater space for the pallet racking.
The multi-tier has the ability to store over 38,000 boxes of product in a floor space area of just 3,921 sq/ft, although the effective area is over 11,500 sq/ft based on the multi-tier system.
Once both phases of the pallet racking is installed and the articulated materials handling is employed, the total pallet capacity will total over 850 positions. The pallet racking, which has two different loads, can store either three or four pallets in the 3300mm clear entry, ensuring that space is fully utilised in each bay.
Space utilisation is therefore expected to be at between 90 and 100% between the multi-tier system and pallet racking.