Ideal Stelrad Group is one of the largest UK boiler and radiator manufacturers, operating a 150,000 square foot distribution hub in Mexborough, Rotherham, UK.
The materials handling requirement
With 30,000 pallet spaces located in 10.5 metre high racking, Ideal Stelrad wanted to replace its distribution hub fleet to incorporate the latest advances in equipment productivity and ergonomics. Providing operators with a range of comfortable, reliable equipment was key to the fleet solution which would enable the off-loading of 20 deliveries and more than 12,800 picks per day. The Group’s radiator manufacturing facility is on the same site as the distribution hub and also required a range of materials handling equipment.
Yale® distributor, Forkway, carried out a detailed logistics study to identify the materials handling requirement and worked closely with Ideal Stelrad Group to ensure every piece of equipment was specified correctly and to the best possible configuration. The new fleet solution also offers a 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption and savings more than 300 tonnes of carbon over the contract term.
The fleet includes 18 Yale® MP20X pallet trucks that have been equipped with longer forks and repositioned load wheels to efficiently handle the 300 different pallet sizes and configurations housed in the distribution centre and to minimise damage to pallets and loads during picking and transportation.
The pallet trucks feature ergonomic tiller heads with angled grips and low effort controls for maximum operator comfort. A low mounted tiller arm minimises steering effort and enhances the operating experience, dual lift and lower controls allow left or right hand operation.
They are used throughout the distribution centre’s 24 hour shift period five days a week, and are operated alongside a number of reach trucks and counterbalance forklift trucks. Lifting up to 1.4 tonnes, the pallet trucks have also been fitted with HD cameras and monitors for precise and safe handling.