APS Group, the Cheshire-based print management specialist, has opened a new 50,000 sq ft warehouse building close to its existing Head Office, production and storage/distribution facilities in Cheadle Heath. The development is to keep pace with APS's continued growth.
APS, who are experts in Print Management, and ranked sixteenth in the UK's top twenty printers, manages the supply of printed communications for large organizations. APS offers a range of services from marketing, concept and design, through to the printing, storing and distributing of the finished products to both UK and international addresses. Due to recent successful gains in 'New Business', APS had outgrown its original storage and distribution unit and so opted to open the additional purpose-built facility some half a mile away.
Materials handling solutions provider Jungheinrich supplied both the racking and the forklift truck fleet at the new site. The pallet racking configuration designed and installed by Jungheinrich provides APS with some 7000 pallet locations where both raw materials and finished items are stored. The racking aisles are served by a combination of Jungheinrich EKS 310 order pickers and ETV 216 reach trucks, while powered pallet trucks and an EFG115 counterbalanced machine unload and load incoming and outgoing delivery vehicles at the site.
Because of the nature of the products being stored within the unit, cleanliness is of the utmost importance and, as a result, all of the trucks that operate within the store are electric-powered.
Three-phase AC drive motors power all of the Jungheinrich trucks operating at the new APS site. This AC technology brings several advantages to APS including longer operating times between battery changes which, of course, improves picking efficiency and lower energy costs and as a holder of the ISO 14001 environmental accreditation, this fits in with APS's Environmental Policy.
APS had used Jungheinrich machines at its original warehouse and, as the company's Logistics Operations Manager Paul Cairns explains, the company had little hesitation in specifying Jungheinrich products for the new facility.
Paul Cairns comments: “We operate in a very competitive sector, where the companies that succeed are those who have the ability to generate savings for customers, year on year. Our blue chip customers demand that we create alliances with 'best in class' suppliers, to offer the highest service levels,
“Jungheinrich trucks have operated at our original warehouse for some eight years during which time we have experienced very few mechanical problems with the fleet and, apart from routine service and maintenance, we have had very few occasions to call out an engineer. We rely on materials handling equipment for the smooth running of our business and the reliability of the Jungheinrich products is a major factor in our ability to deliver best in class services.”