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If the label fits

12 December 2012

When Technology Supplies moved to a new warehouse, ASG provided labelling and signage to ensure safety and identification needs were met Before Technology Supplies' new warehouse was even constructed, ASG Services wa

When Technology Supplies moved to a new warehouse, ASG provided labelling and signage to ensure safety and identification needs were met

Before Technology Supplies' new warehouse was even constructed, ASG Services was consulted to help ensure that the building operated as safely and efficiently as possible.

Involvement at this early stage enabled ASG Services to provide not only a professional location labelling and signage consultancy service but also conduct a comprehensive health and safety audit from the outset.

Warehouse management is costly and complex therefore the facilitating of safe, precise storage and retrieval is of paramount importance. Although representing only a small percentage of the total cost, a well-designed warehouse labelling and signage solution alongside effective safety measures, is key to a safe and efficient warehouse.

Also, addressing the issue early in the planning process saves time, eliminates potential errors and ensures smooth integration with the suppliers of the warehouse management and storage systems.

The warehouse consists of 1,000kg capacity pallet racking providing space for 1,200 pallet positions at heights up to 8.4 metres. In addition, 4,500 linear metres of shelving is used to store thousands of stock items. ASG Services' comprehensive labelling and signage to pallet racking and shelf labels, plus line and floor marking, ensure effective verification rates and navigational ease.

Also, a series of clearly labelled lockable cabinets safely store a range of potentially hazardous products. All locations are easily identified by durable and highly visible bar-coded labels that simplify order picking and ensure accurate stock control.

This precise identification also enables optimum picking/storage rates and helps ensure safety for warehouse operatives.

Extra storage space is located on a mezzanine level to accommodate boxed goods within galvanised shelving. The Health and Safety review identified this area as a potential high risk zone and recommended secure safety netting. ASG Services supplied the mezzanine area with lightweight, high tenacity polypropylene guard netting with additional netting on hand rails and along the staircase.

Allocating a dedicated project manager and a skilled installation team, ASG Services delivered on time and on budget.

Liaison with the WMS and storage equipment suppliers ensured operational requirements were incorporated at the design stage which virtually eliminated the need for any additions or adjustments.
 
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