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our warehouse layout that incorporated a narrow aisle design, and a bespoke fl eet of trucks. Our Bulk receiving Centre warehouse operates a pallet in, pallet out system and we needed to ensure we could fi t the right sort of trucks to our opera-

puts, which allows racking to be designed that matches aisle widths to the available space within the building, which is essential when locating systems. “The VNAP program provided all wheel track information, al- lowing us to carry out a fl oor fl at- ness survey and quote for costs for remedial work to Cromwell. “Advice on the best power packages were also read- ily supplied by the VNAP program, which takes into

account load weight, lift height and aisle length to give an accurate battery shift life. This ensures the correct battery size,

“We know Linde trucks are among the best on the market, off ering value for money over time”

and trucks are not supplied with batter- ies that are over- or under-specifi ed. “Real time and FEM truck throughputs can also be generated by the VNAP program, which calculates the cor- rect number of trucks for the facility.”


Antony Moseley, logistics manager at Cromwell, said: “When setting up our new warehouse, we had to fi nd a materials handling specialist that could support us during the initial design stages as well as with the day-to-day service requirements. “We chose Linde, as they have always provided a dependable, local service. The company helped us with designing

tional needs and racking specifi cation “We know Linde trucks are among the best on the market, offering value for money over time, and we were pleased that the com- pany was able to remain fl exible while also matching our needs in a year when Crom- well experienced a 25% growth in sales. “Even though we have been supplying our own customers from the existing site for many years, we found the support given by the Linde VNA team invaluable, and gave us the confi dence that we would have a trouble-free implementation on the new site.” Cromwell was one of the fi rst sites in the UK to use the new modular K range combi truck, which has recently been enhanced for improved productivity, advanced operator comfort and lower operating costs. This modu- lar range of equipment, unlike ‘off-the-shelf’ models, can be specifi cally built to a customer’s individual requirements – everything from lift speed, battery capacity and size of cab can be specifi ed to ensure that the design of every truck matches each unique application.  Storage Handling Distribution August 2012 13

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