The Specialist Top 5 Racking Systems
STORAX RACKING SYSTEMS LTD
Storax Racking Systems has been providing storage solutions to warehouses for over 40 years, so it is rather an expert in t...
STORAX RACKING SYSTEMS LTD
Storax Racking Systems has been providing storage solutions to warehouses for over 40 years, so it is rather an expert in the field. It specializes in high density storage that can be tailored to individual customers’ needs. Many of its solutions are ideally designed for cold stores, distribution centers and manufacturing sites.
• Storax ranger — The Storax ranger system is one of its newest racking systems, and also one of the company’s most innovative solutions. The high density system works by moving pallets inside tunnels by a shuttle which, in turn, is operated by remote control. Equipped with photocells, it positions the shuttle under the pallet.
Loading pallets into the tunnels can be done easily with a conventional reach-truck. Then, once the pallets have been loaded, the shuttle works independently to marshal them into place.
Uses: This system is used in particular for cold stores. The company claims it is ideal for the rapid offloading of bulk transporters.
With over half a century of experience in the racking industry, Link 51 has developed some of the most widely-used systems on the market today. Its XL racking has been designed for durability and operational reliability. Its choice of frames and beams means that racking systems can be configured to precise requirements, such as load volume, weight and accessibility.
• Tesco pallet racking — Link 51 completed a pallet racking installation at Tesco’s new distribution center in March this year. In fact, it was one of the largest installations of its kind undertaken by the company.
The racking was designed specifically for the non-food storage area which required more than 56,000 pallet positions. It provided seven levels of storage across 69 aisles. The layout has a top beam height of 12.5 meters.
Uses: For the storage of non-food items, including individual electrical, home ware and cook shop lines.
THISTLE SYSTEMS GROUP
The company specializes in bespoke fit out solutions for its customers across a range of sectors. This means it is not restricted by specific racking systems, which has seen it acquire a reputation for excellence in the warehouse and industrial storage market. It serves a range of industries with a variety of storage solutions, including medical storage, office storage and builders merchants.
Narrow aisle racking..
Thistle Systems Group applied its narrow aisle racking solution to Harper Collins’ UK distribution center. The system had over 3,500 pallet positions and was designed to work in conjunction with the existing system. That is accessed via man-up forklift trucks which can store and retrieve entire pallets
One of the features of its narrow aisle solution was a guide rail system at the base of the racking. 8 meter high anti-collapse mesh panels provide a safe environment
Uses: For the storage of publications.
WAREHOUSE SYSTEMS LTD
The largest independent storage solution provider in the UK, Warehouse Systems Ltd (WSL) has built up over 20 years of expertise in this field. Its speciality is in-house mezzanine design and manufacturing.
• Mobile racking — This is a system whereby pallet racks are mounted on mobile bases. In turn, these travel on tracks laid into the floor. WSL’s solution is able to move as individual aisles or entire sections. The company boasts that this is one of the most effective uses of warehouse space.
Uses: For cold stores and where space is at a premium.
INVICTA PALLET RACKING
As experts in warehouse pallet racking, Invicta has cemented itself firmly in the racking sector. Its industry competitive offering includes wide aisle, narrow aisle, drive-in, push back, multi-tier and double deep. In addition, Invicta provides several options and accessories.
• Cantilever Racking System — Its cantilever racking is available in both single and double-sided formats and is designed for the storage of long and heavy items such as timber and metal. Invicta can supply the system with adjustable cantilever arms for increased flexibility, and can even add accessories that cater for different sized products.
Uses: Ideally used for storing and stacking heavy items and is suitable for even the most arduous environments.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.