Thursday, 29 April 2004 ( #155 )
The expertise of the Concrete Grinding Group has brought significant increases in product handling efficiency at a massive new distribution centre opened by Ikea Iberica SA in northeast Spain. The 75,000sqm building includes a 20,000sqm area that the original building contractor should have laid to DIN 15185 floor flatness standards to allow efficient operation of VNA fork lift trucks in 12-metre-high racking. However, Maersk Logistics, who manage the building, found that the BT Rolatruc VNA trucks used in the warehouse could not operate at optimum speed, and a profileograph survey confirmed that the floor did not meet the DIN 15185 standard. Using two LaserGrinder machines, Concrete Grinding formed two 380mm-wide wheel tracks in each of the 24 aisles to the required tolerances, completing one 126-metre-long aisle a day. A powerful vacuum system on the LaserGrinder machines minimised dust, so stock could be left on the racking without extra protection and the warehouse could continue to operate normally. For more information, contact: Concrete Grinding Group Dene House, North Road, Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD8 0RW Tel: 01484 600085 Fax: 01484 600095 Email: Web: