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Peacock Salt: semi-automatic warehouse

Sector: 3PL

Problem
The Company was founded in 1874 in Glasgow by John Craig Peacock, a little ship agent whose resourcefulness led the company to grow very fast, becoming today the most important realities in the english export of salts. Despite the bulk of its business being to keep the roads clear during the winter, the Company also deals in water softening, cosmetic, household and industrial salt products.
In the 2000s, the company created a large warehouse at the headquarters in Ayr, using it for the storage of bags of salt for food use, loaded on wooden pallets.

The warehouse was entirely made by gravity rollers conveyors and the racking providing 937 pallet spaces, at 4 levels high. However, the process of loading and unloading pallets of salt onto and off the pallet racking had taken its toll,with split bags quickly eroding rollers and bearings, as well as the racking structure itself.

The corrosion of the rollers within the racking had caused the most operational problems: incidents of pallets sticking in the middle of lanes as rollers seized or pallets veering off the straight and burning bags against racking uprights.

Solution
Peackock Salt needed a racking system without rollers, that could withstand the difficult operating environment and the corrosive effects of the salt products. The Autosat solution proposed by Automha immediately seemed the winning: the use of semi-automatic vector makes it possible to reduce significantly pallets’s strokes and solicitations and, consequently, to maintain intact the bags of salt. Furthermore, the solution with Autosat has allowed greater use of the warehouse interior spaces, having no need to tilt the plane of storage and allowing to create a 5 levels shelving; they were obtained 1118 pallet with an uplift on capacity of 14%. The configuration meant that the pallet pick face presented in each case was 1200mm as opposed to 1000mm, with pallets being accused from 2-side front and back. The Company had 5 personnel trained on shuttle operation and maintenance, and issued a set of housekeeping procedures for the use, care and cleaning of the shuttle after use.

Advantages
Peacock Salt  is very enthusiastic about the ease of shuttle’s application, the greater warehouse capacity, the ability to count the stored goods in an automatic way and especially the significant reduction of problems within the storage lanes.

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