Smoother control beneficial
12 December 2012
Electric powered Aisle-Masters fitted with telescopic forks and a double-deep storage system is enabling Walkers Transport to maximise its warehousing facilities Walkers specialises in the express distribution of palle
Walkers specialises in the express distribution of palletised goods, stocking everything from motorbikes to mineral water says warehouse manager Chris Burley. The company has been operating a VNA system since it moved to its present site in Morley 5 years ago, and recently needed to replace the articulated trucks it previously used.
"We tested all the articulated brands on the market," says Burley. "The Aisle-Master won hands down in terms of quality, robust build and operator comfort." The racking accommodates 4,000 pallets and double deep storage is central to achieving this density. Burley estimates that at least a third of the overall pallet capacity would be lost without it.
Lifting and positioning pallets to the inside space of high racking can take its toll on a forklift's performance, and until the Aisle-Masters arrived,Walkers could not use the very top, 7.6m beam for double deep storage. The powerful battery and hydraulics as well as the 3t, 8m mast fitted to the Aisle-Masters supply enough capacity throughout each shift, now enabling every single space to be occupied.
Operations have also been speeded up, adds Burley: "The mast lift is smoother and effortless control when extending and retracting the forks makes the procedure very convenient.With a thousand pallets in and out each week this is beneficial."