Wincanton implements lightweight platform
28 May 2020
UK logistics giant Wincanton has become among the latest organisations to benefit from the delivery of a Thorworld Industries Lightweight Platform for the loading and unloading of vehicles.
Wincanton recently structured a facility relocation – transferring one of its operations to a new, ground level warehouse.
Site preparation for the new premises had to meet with Wincanton’s exacting operating standards and be complete within a tight logistical timescale of six weeks. To help keep to the schedule and deliver effective loading and unloading practice – while maintaining the safety and protection of both employees and goods - Wincanton’s warehouse team, headed by general manager, Ian Broomhead, had to source a suitable, easily manoeuvrable solution at speed.
“We were looking for a lightweight platform that could be manufactured and delivered within just a few weeks,” Ian explains.
“Having experienced first class results from a previous Thorworld loading equipment installation at our Portbury Depot, I got back in touch to explain our latest requirements. I was put in contact with James Corfield from Darmax UK, an agent for Thorworld Industries based in our region.”
Together, James and Ian discussed the advantages of employing a Thorworld Industries’ Lightweight Mobile Platform within the new premises.
The proposed platform solution – which included safety barriers and handrails as standard – could easily be positioned directly behind a vehicle’s container to provide a solid platform on which pallets could be placed. From here a pallet could be safely lifted to the ground using a forklift truck.
The platform would feature a hinged barrier with a gas spring mechanism that could lock into place to enhance safety in both a raised and lowered position; whilst chain hooks and tensioning brackets would serve to connect the platform to the vehicle where possible. The addition of an anti-slip coating to the platform surface further ensured safe working conditions for the operators.
Available in standard sizes 2.4 x 2.5m and 2.4 x 3.6m, the platform would provide Wincanton with a height adjustable, 2,000kg working load area, with forklift truck pockets to help facilitate quick and safe vehicle positioning.
“James’ input was first class and the schedule he presented was well-timed,” Ian continues. “The platform scheme met all our loading requirements and would work exactly as we needed it to; facilitating the unloading of pallets and enabling side forklift access when needed for safe, even lifting.
“Wincanton is a company that prides itself on the committed approach it takes to achieving continuous improvements throughout its operation, so it’s rewarding to be considered as a trusted supplier, capable of helping the organisation deliver on that goal.