Robust performance from A-M
12 December 2012
Blue Print provides replacement parts for cars and light commercial vehicles, and its range of aftermarket automotive components consists of 24,000 part numbers, covering over 160 different product groups. Impressive
Impressive year on year growth has recently made the best possible use of warehouse space a priority. This has been addressed by bringing in four Aisle-Master articulated forklifts for narrow aisle operation at the company's UK distribution centre based near Maidstone in Kent.
The first two trucks were assigned for a warehouse dedicated to the storage of brake discs, radiators and coil springs - 17,500 pieces in all when at full capacity - and they stack the varying sized pallets to a height of 7.5m. Blue Print inherited the narrow aisle system in this section from the former owners but chose Aisle-Masters over the previous articulated trucks, as group distribution and logistics director Derek Edwards explains: "The overall build of the Aisle-Masters, particularly the double bearing at the point of articulation, is much tougher than other brands, making them robust enough to withstand the continuous lifting of heavy loads into the racking." Part of an additional warehouse for storing filters was racked out for two further Aisle-Masters which were ordered in the winter of 2010, and the resulting increase in pallet density got rid of the need for outside storage and saved the considerable costs of acquiring further warehousing facilities. The Aisle-Master fleet is AC electric powered, and mast mounted cameras have been fitted to the trucks working on the high lifts.