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Atlet helps logistics company upgrade

Thursday, 12 March 2009 ( #401 ) - Great Notley, United Kingdom
Atlet helped Delamode increase its storage capacity
Atlet helped Delamode increase its storage capacity
International logistics specialist Delamode has upgraded its distribution warehouse with the assistance of Atlet.

The warehouse at Braintree has been converted to double-deep racking served by Atlet reach trucks. The upgrade means Delamode's storage capacity has increased to 10,000 pallets.

Shaun Godfrey, managing director at Delamode, says double-deep makes good use of the space and allows the company to use other areas of the warehouse for new services. "Atlet gave advice and presented alternatives at every stage to help us achieve our objectives."

Atlet provided advice on the reconfiguration of the warehouse and worked with Delamode to manage the transformation that included some repositioning of existing racking and installation of new equipment.

The switch to double-deep meant new forklifts were required and Delamode purchased three Atlet Forte UHST reach trucks. Two are configured to handle full pallets to the maximum height of 11m (36 feet) in the warehouse and one is configured for 9m (29 feet) operations.

The forklifts have cameras mounted on the fork carriage so that drivers can see the load and racking on a screen inside the cab.

Delamode's distribution warehouse was originally built in 2006 but over time, the company realised that to meet the rapidly evolving demands of its customers and provide a wider range of logistics services, it needed to look at new ways of maximising the whole building.

Double-deep is designed to maximise pallet storage space through the installation of two rows of racking down each side of the aisle. The rear pallet locations are accessed using reach trucks equipped with forks that extend into the racking to place and retrieve the load.

"As a relatively small warehouse, we need to keep the trucks up and running," says Godfrey. "Atlet has a good reputation for responses and services the trucks on a call-out basis which is working well for us."
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