Increasing productivity by expanding storage space quickly with bespoke designed purpose-built pop up warehouses.
The Problem: Productivity Hampered by Difficult Material Handling
Bird Stainless contacted us looking for a storage solution to enhance its operation. Company expansion, coupled with the necessity to store a large proportion of its highly valuable stock in a building not designed for the purpose, hampered productivity by making the day-to-day handling and management of raw materials difficult.
The client needed a solution that didn’t involve complicated and. more importantly, drawn out construction. They needed the extra capacity quickly.
Following a site survey and management consultation, we began a two-phase installation by designing and specifying two new, purpose-built Pop-up Warehouses to accommodate bar diameters, weights and lengths, while also aligning the structure to the Combilift truck specifications.
Suitable sites had already been identified as locations for the new purpose built storage facilities as part of the planning phase. Following site clearance and access construction, the existing concrete base in one area was cleaned up and made good, and a second base was laid to provide suitable platforms for principal construction to begin.
The new facilities were constructed consecutively, the smaller of the two buildings being the first to be commissioned. In each case, the racks and heavy duty forklift truck guide rail systems were installed first.
Once the racking was installed, the apex beams, purlins and side rails were then affixed and the cladding began, utilising durable Nor-Clad weather resistant lapped sheets on both the roof and walls to complete the Pop-up Warehousing structure.
Installation of rainwater goods ensured that both buildings were weatherproof and adequate drainage was provided. Once fully clad, safety exit doors were installed at the rear of each building and the cladding sheets were trimmed and flashed. High quality sheets were trimmed and flashed. High quality powered roller shutter doors finished off each build, providing security for the stock.
We used our standard range of heavy duty, bolted adjustable cantilever systems for the racking in both buildings. Constructed from hot-rolled steel beams and channels, each system provides a storage capacity of base + 8 x arm levels at 1000kg per arm giving a total of 8000kg per column side. Taken as a whole, the new buildings have a total storage capacity of 1500-1750 tonnes of stainless steel bar.
We co-ordinated the build with the planning authorities, building control and independent MIStructE sign off. Both the finished buildings are now in full use and have significantly contributed to the improved running of the whole Bird Stainless stock operation.
Constructed around an integral heavy duty cantilever racking system, Space Productiv pop-up warehouse buildings house increased productivity by enabling Bird Stainless to store the material stock in a more ordered and accessible fashion; allowing order-picking via a guided forklift system and making stocktaking a hugely simplified task.
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