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Bristol Storage Supplier Of Quality Dexion Products 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 - A Commitment To Continued Quality

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:

  • Work in a more efficient way – this increases productivity and can bring down internal costs.
  • Increase customer satisfaction by providing products and services of consistently good quality.
  • Meet the necessary statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and address risks associated with their organisation.

ISO 14001 - A Commitment To The Environment

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:

  • Improve resource efficiency.
  • Reduce costs in waste disposal.
  • Improve impact on the environment.
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency.
  • Reduce waste. Check out our latest blog if you’re looking to aim for zero waste in your warehouse.  
  • Increase customer and stakeholder trust.

What This Means for Our Customers

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.

High Quality Dexion Products From Bristol Storage

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 systemsAdjustable pallet racking is the right solution for almost any warehouse layout, owing to its versatility, dependability and simplicity.

 

Narrow aisle pallet rackingNarrow 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

Space saving narrow aisle pallet racking  

Mobile RackingBased 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 RackingDrive-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.

Dexion Drive In Pallet Racking  

Push Back Pallet RackingAlike 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.

 Dexion Push Back Pallet Racking

 

Talk To The Experts

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.

 

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Winners of the Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that we are crazy about the rise of AI and robotics designed to make warehouse workers jobs easier and more efficient; so when the team at the Australian Centre For Robotic Vision were crowned winners of the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge – we had to get in touch.

During the 4 day event, 16 teams from around the world were put through various challenges to test their abilities, despite being in 5th place before the final round – the team’s robot, Cartman aced the last challenge to become the victor, walking away with a cool £60,000 cash prize for the team (enough to build 3 more Cartmans!)

The team and Cartman have received national coverage since their victory at the challenge held in Japan, so we were thrilled when we were given the chance to talk to Juxi Leitner - leader of the robotics vision team, to get the lowdown on their winning robot and the future of AI in the warehouse.

1. What were the biggest challenges you faced as a team in the planning and development stages of Cartman?

Personally, I think the biggest challenge was to get the undergraduate students up to speed on computer vision, robotics and machine learning. For the hardware side, you have to iterate often and quickly, trying to really come up with something better every week.

For me, with a computer science background, one of the biggest fears was that somehow the robot would be damaged during transport and not work in Japan (We had a funny incident with that last year in Germany...)

2. What separated your team and Cartman from the opposition?

Mechanically, we were the only team with a Cartesian (linear) robot solution. This helped us move complexity from algorithms into mechanical systems (motion planning for arms is hard). We were also able to leverage the fact that we built both the hardware and software stack from scratch with integration - that is real Robotic Vision, not just computer vision on a robot.

Team-wise, we had a lot of fun, had chats with everyone and generally seemed like we enjoyed ourselves. Some of the other teams were very... focused.

3. Cartman was built for under 30,000 AUD, (the cheapest robot in the competition) how did you keep this price tag so modest?

Blood and sweat :) No, seriously it takes a good team to iterate and build things quickly. A specific solution, will be more cost efficient than a generic arm in a lot of situations.

The most expensive parts were the motors; the rest was aluminium extrusions, 3d printed parts and such. Why did we keep it so low? We didn't have more money from the universities ;) 

4. In your opinion, could Cartman be the future of AI In the warehouse?

Well, that's a bit of a loaded question. But I think tying in with what I said above, thinking of solving specific problems with a specific solution allows us to be efficient and really get into the details of the problems.

We are certainly talking to people in the industry and seeing where we can create tangible outcomes. I wouldn't be surprised if you saw variants of Cartman solving some tasks in warehouse/logistics applications in the near future. (Interest seems to be there, funding needs to be clarified).

On the other hand, there is more research that needs to be done, both on the robotics and the AI side, if you watch some of the videos of the run there is very limited "intelligence" in Cartman.

Don't get me wrong, it’s state of the art classification but there is very limited reasoning. Further research on more general robots is also required, if used the right way, these do make sense for tasks - in the long run that is.

Why Do Amazon Run The Robotics Challenge?

One of the hardest challenges Amazon have encountered in their fulfilment centres is developing a robot that can do the job of ‘picking’, this involves identifying objects that have been ordered and loading them into a container or similar to be shipped off.

The reason this is no easy feat is due to the complex mix of object recognition, grasp and motion planning to avoid damage to stock, task execution and error detection and recovery should a mistake be made.

Despite this fantastic victory, Cartman is just the start of robotic pickers and is still a long way off being able to replace a human doing the same job.

Congratulations From Bristol Storage

Once again, we’d like to thank Juxi for talking to us and wish the team and Cartman huge congratulations and every success in the future from all the team at Bristol Storage!

 

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Warehouse , In Other News... , Logistics News

One Forklift "Stunt" too far for a Stuck Chocolate Bar?

 

Here at Bristol Storage we always love creativity and original thinking but sometimes a few folk take it that one bit too far – and here's one such case!

A forklift driver used his forklift truck to get a Twix chocolate bar that had got stuck in the work's vending machine, after he’d paid for it.

“Robert McKevitt of Spirit Lake was working the second shift at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when he decided to break for a snack last fall,” so reports the Des Moines Register.

 

"He says he deposited $1 in a vending machine, selected a 90-cent Twix bar, and then watched as the candy bar crept forward in its slot, began its descent and was abruptly snagged by a spiral hook that held it suspended in midair.”

Yup, we’ve all faced the frustration of a vending machine not giving up its goodies and reluctantly having to shell out more dosh (or rocking it back and forth, certainly not recommended) to get the machine to finally deliver its snack goodness.

But not all of us then take an 8000 pound forklift truck, drive it up to the vending machine and lift it 2 feet off the ground and then drop it in a bid to get the snack we'd paid for. Not just once, no that's too easy. Six times! Six! :O

 

When the employee was confronted by a warehouse supervisor over his actions, he said was simply trying to get what he felt he had quite rightly paid for.

And the result?

He got his chocolate bar as well as some bonus choccy which also fell down the machine's delivery chute.

Unsurprisingly he was also fired 5 days later by the company for his efforts and his response?

"That machine was trouble!”

 

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