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SYSTEM SOLVES DIVERSE HANDLING CHALLENGES


SYSTEM SOLVES DIVERSE HANDL NG CHAL NGES


Leicester-based materials handling specialist, BS Handling System , h s rece


Leicester-basedm terials handling specialist, BS Handl ng Systems, has recently completed three valuable contractsracts at the extensive Clipper Logistics facilities in Swadlincote


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at the extensi e Cl pper Logistics facilities in Swadlin ote at around 7.30pm and continue with their Operatives feed the orders onto a fastmovin g


inbound deliveries right up until 1am.


incline conveyor through a barcode scanning point station into the cross belt sorter where they are directed down one of the sorter’s 24 chutes. At the bottomof each chute is a


manual six way sort into store cages; operatives scan each order and place it into the correct cage for onward delivery to the store with the first despatches having to leave by 2.30am .


he variety of work carried out by BS Handling Systems at the Swadlincote site showcases the company’s ability to fulfill diversematerials handling challenges on a large scale. Alongside a vertical crossbelt sorter in themain facility, Swadlincote 1, it has installed conveyors, an automated carousel, a goods lift, longspan and pigeon hole shelving as well as a garment hanging systemand packing benches. Next door in Swadlincote 2, a substantial wide aisle pallet racking system has been designed to fill the warehouse with efficient storage for a variety of Clipper’s shared us e retail customer s .


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RESPONS VE AND SUPPOR IVE SUPPLIE R “We’ve done lots of good work with BS


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Handling Systems previously – they’re a well- established supplier,” explains Rob Kay, proj


oject manager for Clipper Logistics. “They tendered for the sorter proj


oject and their


proven track record gave us confidence that they would be able to meet our strict deadlines and work within the budget set. They came back with a suitable solution that met our exacting criteria and it was accepted.” In Clipper’s main warehouse, Swadlincote 1, BS Handling Systems took down four complete runs of racking to install a vertical sorter. All of the beams that were removed were re-used to make shelf levels in the The 24 destination sorter


, which can process existing racking.


up to 5,000 items per hour, is used in an overnight operation to handle online orders. It runs for 100m– almost the complete length of the warehouse located underneath tw o mezzanine floors.


FAST AND EFFICIEN SOR ING For one of its clients, a click and collect


AND EFFICIENT SORTING


operation, orders are collected by Clipper from various warehouse locations each evening; these are delivered into the Swadlincote distribution centre. The trucks begin arriving


EXTENDED EXTENDED STOR ORAGE AND AND E-COMMERCE COMMERCE


Two large mezzanine floors of the Swadlincote DC are dedicated to the warehousing and e- commerce business for one of Clipper’s major retail clients. To extend the operation, BS Handling Systems has installed a variety of materials handling and storage facilities to move and store the products inside the distribution centre.


Products that arrive in individual cartons are loaded by operatives onto a new incline conveyor systemwhich has been installed to transport the products up to both the first and second mezzanine floors.


Palletised goods are taken up to the storage areas by a goods lift. Each itemis then priced and labelled ready for display instore and placed into themost appropriate storage depending on the nature of the product. BS Handling Systems has installed both longspan and pigeon hole shelving for the larger items whilst apparel is stored on hangers in specialist garment racking. Small, valuable items are placed into an automated vertical carousel which is accessed fromthe first floor mezzanine; the carousel i s a highly efficient option for the secure storage and fast retrieval of lightweight products .


PROVEN SOPROVEN SOLUTIONSIONS TO INCREASEINCREASE PRODUC VITY


PRODUCTIIVITY


Handling Sy Robert Smit


h is themanaging director of BS stems, he adds: “The successful


completion of these three important contracts for Clipper Logistics demonstrates our capability to deliver a full range of highly engineered materials handling and storage solutions. “It also underlines BS Handling Systems’ customer-centric approach. Our aimis to fully each individual client’s needs so deliver the most effective and ution for them.”


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