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Conveyor and sortation systems company Dürkopp Fördertechnik, completes major clothing distribution centre contract for Debenhams

Dürkopp Fördertechnik, a leader in the provision of conveyor and sortation systems, has completed a new hanging garment facility for Debenhams’ warehouse at Sherburn-in-Elmet in Yorkshire. This is the second system that Dürkopp has installed for Debenhams and follows the success of a similar system put in for the firm at their depot on Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton in 2006.
Paul Leggett, Debenhams Logistics Director, said: "Dürkopp Fördertechnik met a very tight project schedule from start to finish. The modular characteristics of the system give Debenhams the flexibility to carry out any modifications and extensions that might be necessary in the future. In addition, the system is robust and suits all our requirements."

Dürkopp’s modular set carrier system provides Debenhams with an efficient solution to receive, store and dispatch hanging garments sold through their network of 170 stores in the UK as well as their highly successful Internet and International Franchise Partner businesses.

The set carrier has a length of 500 mm and weighs less than ½ kg but can be loaded with up to 20 kgs of hanging garments. These can be used singularly or in interconnecting trains so the operator can move a large quantity of items with ease. Empty carriers can either remain on the rail system, stored in a buffer area or removed from the rail completely when not needed. All components, including multidirectional switches, crossings and inter-floor conveyors are designed to operate with minimal input from the operator.
The installation covers c.180,000 sq ft for receiving, picking and marshalling and 180,000 sq ft for storage over two floors with capacity to more than double the storage capacity as future demand requires. Stock moves between the levels on automated inter-floor conveyors.

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