Busy 3PL renews with Unicarriers as intralogistics partner
28 February 2019
Range of warehouse trucks serve store and retrieve items from racking up to 12.5 metres.
The logistics service provider NEX Logistics, a subsidiary of the Japanese Nippon Express, has ordered a forklift fleet from UniCarriers for its warehouse in Bedburg/Erft, Germany.
Since September 2018, a total of 37 new vehicles have ensured a smooth flow of goods there. From Bedburg, NEX Logistics handles deliveries to the entire EMEA region for a customer from the electronics industry. In addition to the forklifts, UniCarriers also supplied battery change systems solutions, which can replace the heavy batteries of the reach trucks automatically in just one minute.
The 3PL has been working together with UniCarriers since the commissioning of the warehouse location in 2009 and uses a total of around 50 UniCarriers forklifts on site. With the new order for 37 vehicles, NEX Logistics is once again placing its trust in its supplier and intralogistics partner. The warehouse equipment is part of a full-service leasing contract with a term of 48 months.
Range of warehouse trucks
The delivery includes seven UHD reach trucks, 15 PPL low-level order pickers, 13 PMR pallet trucks and two EPH high-level order pickers. The trucks are used for handling and picking the high-quality electronic equipment. After delivery and palletising of the goods, the pallet trucks transport the pallets to the high-bay warehouse. The reach trucks are deployed for storage and retrieval in the wide aisle warehouse, which contains racking of up to 12.5m in height. Thanks to an ergonomic seat with tilting backrest and an integrated camera system, these are ideally suited for working at great heights. For order picking, the reach trucks place the required pallets in the lowest rack level. Here the goods are picked up in the required quantity with the help of PPL order pickers and then prepared for dispatch in the staging area. The two high-level order pickers serve exclusively for the permanent inventory of stocks – an important task in a 65,000 m2 warehouse made up of several halls.
UniCarriers also provides its customer with the necessary equipment for the successful operation of their forklifts. This includes the fleet management system VOM, which monitors the operating time and documents any damage to the vehicles. Additionally, UniCarriers equips the warehouse with battery change systems, where the Battsman system is used for the low-lift trucks. It transports the discharged battery to a charging station where it picks up a full battery. The reach truck batteries, which weigh up to 800kg, are replaced within one minute by a Fast-Track-Power-Plus system. The operating time of the trucks is thus maximised, while the drivers benefit from a safe and ergonomic changing system. Both solutions have been developed by UniCarriers.