How going vertical can improve stock management

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Adopting a vertical storage system can free up a lot of space on the warehouse floor. Adopting a vertical storage system can free up a lot of space on the warehouse floor. Adopting a vertical storage system can free up a lot of space on the warehouse floor.

The implementation of vertical storage has helped an Australian engineering business avoid the cost of relocating to a larger facility.


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The overcrowding of stock can have a significant impact on warehouse efficiency and so the profitability of the business.

System Control Engineering general manager Scott Rimes says the choice for his business was between relocating, or implementing a vertical storage solution.

"The used storage capacity of a warehouse or distribution centre generally shouldn’t surpass an 85 per cent, otherwise you may experience a reduction in productivity due to over-congestion," Rimes says.

"We decided to implement a Hanel vertical storage system because we were limited with space.

"The fact that we don’t have to use a forklift anymore is great, it means we can operate the machinery and pick our items in a safer way."

Rimes says there has also been a 30 per cent increase in pick speeds, making it easier to meet order processing deadlines.

Hanel is a company that has been designing and building automated storage solutions, including vertical storage systems, since 1953.

Seen at the recent CeMAT expo in Melbourne, the company says its vertical storage system makes it near impossible to misplace items and reduces the likelihood of employee theft.

Headland Machinery general manager of storage Alan Barratt says makes sense to save space by going vertical.

"In some cases 80 per cent of floor space can be saved by utilising room height," Barratt says.

"It also gives you the ability to expand and alter storage capacity at any time.

"System Control Engineering has been able to achieve its goal of increasing productivity because of the efficiency of the Hänel storage system."

Founded in 1949, Headland Machinery supplies Hänel Vertical Storage systems and a wide range of plant machinery and tools to manufacturing businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 

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