Bristol Storage recently undertook work for Lens Online, a company that is part of the well known opticians, Specsavers. Lens Online’s warehouses are stocked with fragile lenses and other associated equipment, which needs to be well organised and available for easy picking without any risk of damage.
Following an initial conversation and site visit, Dexion P90 Pallet Racking with Interoll Carton Flow System was recommended and installed. Pictured below is the P90 Pallet Racking system.
Products Used Dexion: P90 Pallet Racking
Dexion P90 wide aisle pallet racking is one of the most flexible and economical racking systems we have available at Bristol Storage, access to pallets is unrestricted and systems can be built up to 30 metres high with no limitation on the layout, this is what makes the P90 such a reliable go-to option for a wide range of picking operations.
In addition to being so flexible, Dexion P90 pallet racking can be adapted to meet your business needs through a wide range of accessories including column guards, aisle marking systems and flow systems as shown below.
A key product used within the racking system of this job was the Interoll Carton Flow System, designed to improve the flexibility of the picking process in distribution and fulfilment centres.
You can see the flow system in action below, with products gently rolling to the front of the racking system allowing for easy operative-facing picking with zero damage to the stock.
These systems of great flexibility in operations where dimensions and weights of goods vary, and with 90% space utilisation – your valuable racking space isn’t going to waste.
6 different bay types were used throughout the job to ensure that Lens Online had storage solutions available for all their different products:
Bay Type 1 – 2700mm clear entry bay x 2000mm high frame x 1100 deep each face.
Bay Type 2 – 2700mm clear entry bay x 2000mm high frame x 2200mm deep each face.
Bay Type 3 – 2700mm clear entry bay x 7500mm high frame x 1100 deep each face.
Bay Type 4 – 2700mm clear entry bay x 7500mm high frame x 1100 deep each face.
Bay Type 5 – 1350mm clear entry bay x 2500mm high frame x 1100 deep each face,
Bay Type 6 – 2700mm clear entry bay x 2500mm high frame x 1100 deep each face
Lens Online were delighted with their new racking system, allowing for a faster, flexible and more efficient picking process in their warehouse.
If you have questions regarding the Dexion P90 pallet racking, Interoll Carton Flow System or any of our other products – give one of our expert team a call on 0117 955 5211.
‘PUWER’ or Provision of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 is the regulation set in place to keep people safe when using equipment whilst at work. This includes employers, employees contractors and suppliers.
Read our latest blog to find out more about PUWER and how you can ensure machinery and working equipment is safe to operate in your warehouse.
Under PUWER, warehouse managers will need to ensure that working equipment is safe and suitable for use without posing a risk to the user’s health and safety. The requirements for ensuring work equipment is safe to use include:
PUWER does not just apply to large businesses, anyone in any sector that controls or is responsible for work equipment has to follow them.
The HSE defines ‘work equipment’ as any machinery, equipment, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work. In summary, ‘work equipment’ covers just about anything used by an employee at work – including equipment they bring in themselves.
Additionally, under PUWER, ‘using’ work equipment does not constitute simply operating it; responsible persons will also need to ensure that users of work equipment are safe whilst starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning work equipment.
If you are a warehouse owner or manager, it is your responsibility to manage risks caused by work equipment and their use. Here are a few common risks that may be overlooked in the warehouse, and what you can do about them.
Forklift Trucks – Regular inspection, maintenance and repair is essential for keeping your forklift fleet safe and efficient. You may also consider implementing safeguards such as anti-roll mechanisms, driver restraining systems and racking guards to prevent damage and the risk of collapse in the event of a collision.
Staff training is essential when It comes to forklift operation, you must ensure that the person operating the forklift is properly trained and understands health and safety procedures during use of the forklift.
Racking Systems – Many overlook the fact that pallet racking falls under the category of ‘work equipment’ and thus should be kept in a safe condition. You should aim to have your pallet racking inspected annually by a SEMA approved rack inspector or when damage becomes apparent.
Rack awareness training courses for your warehouse can aid in recognising damage to racking early and increase employee awareness about the risks of damaged pallet racking. Check out our blog to find out 5 ways you can prevent damage to your racking system.
Moving Machinery – Moving machinery carries the potential to cause accidents, whether it is by a projectile, sparks, poor training or a person working in an unsafe proximity to the machine.
Machine Mesh Guards are designed to enclose the machine during operation, to ensure that any flying objects and sparks are contained.
The guard can also be sealed off to prevent any worker entering the enclosure during operation – in any situation, workers should be aware of how to shut down the machine in an emergency.
At Bristol Storage, we recommend the Axelent X Guard, You can see how it works below:
Lighting – Under PUWER, all employers must ensure that any areas where people use work equipment are suitably and sufficiently lit. Many older style high bay warehouse lights are inefficient, dim, slow to start up and have a short lifespan.
LED lighting is a superior alternative to this type of lighting, requiring fewer bulb changes and reduced maintenance. Additionally, the occupancy detection and zonal control features ensure that operatives always have adequate light when working.
If you are a warehouse manager, pallet racking inspections can help you stay compliant and prevent system collapses in your warehouse. At Bristol Storage, we are proud to provide independent SEMA approved racking inspections across the whole of the UK.
For any information and advice on keeping your racking system compliant, or to book your inspection today – speak to one of our expert team on 0117 955 5211.
Bristol Storage Equipment recently completed a job for Robbins Timber, a well established timber company providing a range of plywoods, hardwoods, softwoods and associated products.
Their warehouses fulfil orders worldwide and are packed with a range of different products.
The objective was to supply, deliver and install a vertical racking solution to keep their timber products stored safely, as well as being better organised for improved stock control and faster, more efficient picking.
Robbins Timber were provided with a detailed schematics drawing with 3 different layout options before the work went ahead:
BSE implemented Dexion vertical storage racking on their site, this type of racking is designed to make use of overhead space and is suitable for tall items. Using this type of racking allowed for the timber to be stored vertically, reducing the risk of damage and consumation of space that comes with horizontal storage.
Holding stock of several different types of hard and soft woods, the racking system was fitted with 2 adjustable beam kits pictured below.
These adjustable beams not only help support the wood to avoid damage from leaning, but also allow for the separation of products to keep them better organised; with plenty of room inbetween the racking for warehouse operatives to pick and deliver items.
4 different bay types were used throughout the job to ensure that Robbins Timber had adequate storage solutions for the different shapes and sizes of timber that they deal with:
Bay Type 1 – 4200mm high x 2700mm clear entry x 900mm deep – 6 dividers bars over 2 levels.
Bar Type 2 – 4200mm high x 1350mm clear entry x 800m deep – 4 divider bars over 2 levels.
Bar Type 3 – 4200mm high x 2700mm clear entry x 800mm deep – 6 divider bars over 2 levels. The storage level for bay type 3 was set at 1280mm and fitted with steel decking panels to allow for storage space underneath.
Bay Type 4 – 4200mm high x 3300mm clear entry x 900mm deep – 8 divider bars over 2 levels.
“Dealing with vast amounts of timber on a regular basis, it was important that we had the correct and most efficient storage solutions in place.”
“After listening to our initial requirements, Bristol Storage Equipment recommended a vertical racking system fitted with adjustable beams to support the timber.”
“The job was done professionally and efficiently – BSE kept up informed on what they were doing throughout the installation and we were very impressed with how well it was managed from speedy initial quotation to final installation.”
“I would have no hesitation in recommending Bristol Storage Equipment.”
Ben Bagnall - Robbins Timber
Another happy client for Bristol Storage – Robbins Timber can now rest assured that their timber is stored as efficiently as possible, maximising space in their warehouse.
If you have any questions regarding vertical racking systems or are looking for a reliable storage expert to help you with your next project, give one of our expert team a call on 0117 955 5211.
One of the most common questions posed in the storage equipment industry is 'What loading will my racking take?' One of the most common answers to this question is 'It depends.' Which is true. The capacity of your racking depends on a range of factors, which makes it impossible to give a ‘standard’ answer.
Most pallet racking systems are designed bespoke to the requirements of the user. Therefore the components of the system will vary significantly, meaning that no two systems are the same and that giving a definitive answer that covers Dexion racking systems, or any other manufacturer for that matter, can’t be done.
What is the distance (in millimetres) between the insides of each upright – this must be measured from the front face of the rack i.e right to left along the width, NOT the depth.
In other words, is it an open beam or a box beam? The box beam is a heavier duty beam than the open beam, so this is crucial to the strength of the entire racking system and the loading it can take.
To measure the beam depth measure the distance from the top to the bottom of the front face in millimetres.
The depth of the beam face is also an important dimension when calculating the loading of your system. Whereas the beam depth is commonly 50mm, the beam face depth can vary significantly from 80 or 90mm to as much as 150mm. The deeper the beam face the heavier duty the beam and the more load it is likely to take.
It is important to know the dimensions of your racking frames. The measurement required is the Height (H) (mm) x Width (W) (mm) of the frames. For example, a the end frames may be 6000mm high x 900mm Wide. The width (or depth) of the frame can be measured as the front to back dimension of the rack.
The height of each storage level, measured from the floor to the top side of each beam. Beam pitches for Dexion pallet racking are 76.2mm (3 inches) for MK3 Speedlock or 50mm for Dexion P90, therefore beams can only be located at these intervals.
E.g. if you have 3 beam levels we need to know the exact heights of each beam. If the number of beam levels varies across your racking system, then the load criteria will also vary so please bear this in mind.
The frame section indicates the duty of the upright. Different upright duties offer different strengths, therefore it is important to be clear on the load that your rack uprights can take before loading the racking to capacity. For Dexion P90 or Dexion MK3 the duty is stamped onto the steel all the way up each upright. This makes it easy to identify. For example, a heavy duty Dexion upright will have a ‘H’ stamped onto it, or a standard duty upright will have an ‘S’.
Other manufacturers may use the same method, or they may stamp the side profile of the upright.
In order to provide you with the most accurate loading calculation it is recommended that you provide the following information:
Fully Loaded Pallet Details:
Type of Racking:
It is recommended that each rack is fitted with a load notice that clearly indicates the maximum loading of your Dexion racking.
Bristol Storage Equipment was called to a site in Portishead belonging to E-Vapor, a company that sells and supplies electronic cigarettes, e-liquids and other associated equipment.
The objective was to create a functional warehouse with an office for staff and additional space for storage, whilst still allowing frequent deliveries and collections to take place uninterrupted.
BSE implemented a range of products in their warehouse including energy efficient LED lighting, a mezzanine flooring system with 1 hour fire protection, air conditioning and steel partitioning system with vinyl flooring.
Mezzanine Flooring with 1 hour fire protection – The 1 tier mezzanine flooring system used in this project was designed and fitted to create a functional office space for staff to work in, with the space underneath system creating further storage and work space through the use of a partitioning system.
The mezzanine supplied had a 1 hour fire rating in order to comply with Building and Fire Regulations giving the company peace of mind that stock would be safe for some time in the event of a fire.
Steel Partitioning – On the ground floor, a single skin ground level partitioning system was installed to seal off the mezzanine, making up the storage space. On the top tier, a clean room partitioning system was installed to create a four sided enclosure which would act as the workspace for employees – creating a clean environment free from contamination and allowing them to work without constant distractions from outside noise.
Vinyl Flooring – Vinyl flooring was an essential part of this project as the staff at E-Vapor are constantly handling e-liquids and associated ingredients. These substances are sticky and will stain on most types of flooring if spilt. The vinyl flooring supplied is hygienic and easy to clean as well as being durable enough to withstand the daily volume of staff.
Warehouse Lighting – The traditional highbay lighting previously in place at E-Vapor was replaced with efficient LED lighting – not only is this type of lighting brighter, but it has a longer lifespan - reducing energy costs and the companies impact on the environment.
Air Conditioning – Finally, a new Daikin air conditioning heat pump inverter system was implemented to give staff control over the temperature of the office and storage space – this was also an essential due to the liquids and other stock held on site.
If you have any questions regarding any of the products used during this build – or are looking for a reliable storage expert to help you with your next project – give one of our expert team a call on 0117 955 5211.
Warehouse fires have been a hot topic of conversation recently, with a large fire devastating a warehouse on White Hart Lane and residents being evacuated in North West London following a huge blaze in the same month.
Fortunately, in both cases, the blazes were controlled (by a total of 190 firefighters!) without any injuries.Warehouse fires are devastating for business, not only destroying stock and causing long downtime but also putting employees at risk. To help ensure fire is not a risk in your warehouse, take a look at our 5 step fire safety checklist.
Not only can overloaded pallet racking cause damage to your system, it can also pose a serious fire hazard. With more stock to burn through in a condensed space, overloaded pallet racking can be the difference between controlling a fire and letting it spread to the rest of your warehouse.
Ensure that you stick to racking weight limits and don’t overload – instead, find ways to maximise space in your warehouse, invest in racking that is designed to make the most of your space and consider a mezzanine flooring system to create extra storage space.
Proper training of staff is key to making sure procedure works. Staff need to be aware of fire risks and how to control them, consider these steps to ensuring this:
In both warehouse fire incidents during September, gas cylinders were on site. Whilst it is not noted where these were stored – the chances of them catching would have been significantly reduced if they were stored off-site in a gas cylinder cage.
Assessing your inventory will not only help you reduce the risk of fire, but also assist firefighters should there be one. Take note of any high-risk areas where flammable material is stored in abundance; it’s worth having a special fire prevention procedure and additional safeguards (sprinkler system, fire extinguishers and sensitive alarms) for these areas.
In addition to your inventory, ensuring your machinery is properly maintained is essential for staying compliant and preventing fires. For any moving machinery, a mesh machine guard or cage can prevent physical injuries as well as offering protection against welding flare.
In 2016, a bin fire caused over $200,000 of damage to a warehouse in Toronto, how easy would this have been to prevent?
Having an abundance of rubbish stored in bins outside your site can make you a target for arsonists and vandals, follow these steps to ensuring rubbish doesn’t become a fire risk:
Before you lock up for the night, carry out an end of day inspection to ensure there is nothing that could cause a fire in the night – ask yourself these questions:
If your warehouse operates on a 24-hour basis, you may choose to carry out the end of day inspection between shift patterns.
What other measures do you have in place to prevent fires in your warehouse? We’d love to hear them. Don’t let it be a lack of space become a risk in your warehouse, give us a call on 0117 955 5211 to talk to one of our experts about space saving racking solutions and mezzanine flooring.
At Bristol storage, we are proud to be a member of the Dexion distributor network in the UK, allowing us to supply, install and maintain high-quality Dexion racking for our clients.
We are very happy to announce that Dexion has recently been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements for the new updated version of both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Find out more about the ISO standards and what Dexion’s adherence to this standard means for us and our customers.
ISO 9001 is the most recent version of the standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system (QMS) that an organisation can use to consistently meet the requirements of its customers.
The standard is constructed around seven quality management principles: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management. Adhering to ISO 9001 can help businesses and organisations to:
ISO 14001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS) that an organisation can use to improve its environmental performance. Adhering to ISO 14001 can help business and organisation to:
As one of our most trusted suppliers, Dexion adhering to these standards gives our customers the assurance that the Dexion products they receive from us are of a high standard and produced with their satisfaction in mind.
Additionally, their commitment to ISO 14001 means that they have processes in place to ensure that their products have a minimal impact on the environment.
We have a range of quality Dexion racking systems available here at Bristol Storage; discover our range of Dexion products and their uses:
Adjustable pallet racking systems – Adjustable pallet racking is the right solution for almost any warehouse layout, owing to its versatility, dependability and simplicity.
Narrow aisle pallet racking – Narrow aisle pallet racking is a space saving solution characterised by its increased working height and reduced aisle width. If space is at a premium in your warehouse, check out our latest post on how to maximise space in your warehouse.
Mobile Racking – Based on a motorised mobile base, mobile pallet racking ensures that any extra space in your warehouse can be fully utilised. Our choice for mobile racking is Dexion’s Mobile MOVO racking; you can see it in action in the video below.
Drive-in Pallet Racking – Drive-in pallet racking utilises the first in, last out principle, with pallets accessible from a single aisle. This is a great solution for bulk storage of a single product. At Bristol Storage, we recommend Dexion’s Deepstor drive-in pallet racking.
Push Back Pallet Racking – Alike drive in pallet racking, push back racking utilises the first in, last out system to increase available space. This racking system is ideal for storage of various items in product specific lanes.
Once again, congratulations to Dexion for their continued commitment to providing quality products to customers. If you want to know more about any of our racking solutions, or need advice on saving space in your warehouse - give one of our expert team a call on 0117 955 5211.
Zero waste has become an increasingly popular objective for businesses, with companies finding that minimising their waste improves their image with customers and even saves them money in rising waste disposal costs.
Minimising your warehouse's impact on the environment doesn’t have to be a huge challenge, and just a few simple changes to your waste procedure can make a noticeable difference.
To help you, we’ve come up with 4 easy and cost effective steps towards producing zero waste.
This doesn’t mean you have to go rummaging through your bins! But getting an idea of where the most waste is generated in your warehouse will provide you with enough information to start planning to reduce it. Take a look at general high waste areas including:
Once your waste audit is complete it would make sense to put a long term strategy in place to tackle the areas that are regularly producing the most waste.
As well as being much more efficient and saving you money, switching to warehouse LED Lighting will reduce your carbon footprint. An LED can last upto 50,000 hours before needing to be replaced, massively outperforming the life spans of traditional Halogen (3,000 hrs) and CFL (6,000 – 15,000hrs) lighting meaning that fewer bulbs go to waste.
Additionally, our LED lighting can be fitted with dimming controls and occupancy detection to ensure maximum power savings – check out the video below to see it in action, or give us a call on 0117 955 5211 to arrange a product demonstration.
At Bristol Storage, we receive hundreds of packaged products from numerous suppliers every year, whilst most of this comes in recyclable cardboard – some materials inevitably end up in the bin. Reviewing your suppliers enables you to flag the ones using the most packaging that is not recyclable.
Once you’ve highlighted these suppliers, write to them and encourage them to switch to 100% recyclable packaging – not only would this reduce your waste, but the waste of all their other customers too!
Employee awareness and engagement is the most important and effective way of reducing waste in your warehouse, without them on board – your efforts may be in vain. Here are a few easy ways to get your employees onboard with your waste reduction scheme:
We hope you found inspiration from this zero waste post, do let us know if you adopt any of these strategies in your workplace. If you’re looking to make the switch to energy efficient LED lighting, or are interested in any of our other services, give one of our expert team a call on 0117 955 5211 and we’ll be happy to help.
Products: Dexion Mobile Shelving and Dexion Racking with Pull Out Units
Bristol Storage Equipment Ltd were invited in to this site in Essex by an existing customer after completing succesful projects at numerous sites across the UK. With a limited area for small parts storage, a mobile shelving system was chosen as the optimum solution.
Dexion P90+ Pallet Racking was also installed for storage of heavy motors. The racking was fitted with heavy duty steel decking panels to enable storage of motors that vary in weight and size. To improve ergonomc performance and a great health and safety feature is the introduction of Dexion Pull Out Units that enable low level pallets to be pulled out and picked from safely.
Dexion Hi80 Shelving on Mobile Base - Full Height Dividers used to create pigeon holes
Dexion P90+ Pallet Racking - Steel Shelf Panels to store heavy duty motors
Dexion Pull Out Units - Saving time and money with ergonomic picking
It’s been a busy few weeks for the team at Bristol Storage, with our most recent SEMA Audit taking place earlier in the month. It’s not easy to get SEMA accreditation or retain it, and we were put through a rigorous investigation of our whole process to ensure every aspect of our operation was up to standard.
We are over the moon to report we scored 94%, giving us highly commended status and putting us in the top bracket of SEMA distributors in the UK.
Find out more about the SEMA accreditation, the rigorous audit we are put through to retain our status and what it means for our customers.
The SDC qualification indicates that a company has shown a high level of commitment to safety standards, works within industry codes of practice and has been regulated with a regular, random audit. There are currently 31 recognised SEMA Distributor Companies operating in the UK, find out more about the initiative and the standards accredited members must adhere to in the video below:
Companies will need to have been operating for at least 2 years and hold a distributorship from a recognised manufacturer of storage equipment before being able to apply for their first audit.
After being accredited, companies wishing to retain their qualification will be subject to a regular, random inspection – this inspection consists of an independent on-site assessment undertaken by QCS International. The assessment is split into two core areas:
Administration and Document Control – This side of the audit ensures that any policies, record-keeping and legal compliance documents are all up to standard.
Process Control – In this section of the audit, the auditors will look at aspects of the company’s process including project management control procedures, the way work instructions are issued, the quality of RAMs, the capture and verification of the customers’ specific requirements and the technical design that underwrites storage installation.
Following the inspection, the audits are scored and awarded as follows:
Being a SEMA approved distributor company allows our customers to work with us in the knowledge that we are adhering to the high standards set out by the organisation, and that our products and services have been professionally and independently audit to ensure they are also up to standard.
“Retaining our SEMA accreditation gives our clients peace of mind when we are undertaking work for them. Whilst we have always operated to the highest standards possible, retaining this accreditation is our ‘seal of approval’ for all past, present and future clients.”
Dennis Ives – Managing Director
We are delighted with our score from our most recent SEMA audit and hope to perform even better when our next random audit is undertaken.
As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers, in addition to being SEMA accredited distributor, we are safecontractor approved, CHAS accredited and carry certification to undertake SEMA approved racking inspections across the UK.
If you require any more information about our recent SEMA audit, SEMA racking inspections or any of the other services or products we offer, just give us a call 0117 955 5211 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.