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SSI Schaefer exel through Harcourt Education

SSI Schaefer has just completed the complete fit-out of a fully integrated, fully functional, operating warehouse in Rushden, Northamptonshire, run by Exel on behalf of Harcourt Education, working alongside the developer, Rosemound and builder Norwest Holst.

Harcourt Education is the UK's leading educational publisher of learning resources, supplying books and materials in both print and electronic formats, to a variety of locations including schools, colleges and universities.

In a contract worth over one million pounds, the project has brought together the extensive range of SSI Schaefer products to provide an efficient, free-flowing integrated warehouse facility, ensuring optimum standards of operation and the highest delivery of service.

With a building height of over 15 metres, it was important that SSI Schaefer provided the best performing storage solution for Harcourt and in a warehouse comprised of steel, concrete and cladding, Schaefer provided just that – the perfect assortment of products.

Schaefer products implemented into the warehouse range from: PR600 Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking, Regal 3000 Shelving, a large timber-decked Mezzanine Floor, Powered Conveyors and ASRS Pickomats. All of these products have been supplied from within the standard Schaefer range therefore providing a cost effective and extendable solution.

The Narrow Aisle Pallet installation will accommodate over 30,000 pallets 14 metres high, providing a buffer stock for the pick face shelving and the ASRS. Located on the first floor of the mezzanine, the shelving, systemised for multi-location storage, will facilitate quick handling, ideal for the storage of the Harcourt extensive product range.

The Regal 3000 Modular Shelving with its adjustable slot in shelves will provide over 40,000 shelf locations ensuring a flexible and economic storage solution.

The mezzanine floor, the length of two football pitches has been integrated into the main body of the warehouse facilitating the optimum use of the building height and storage space. With the use of a conveyor, moving goods from the first floor to the ground floor and onto despatch, the active flow of goods will be sustained.

Two SSI Schaefer Pickomat machines have been installed, an exceptionally efficient system for the storage and accessing of small and medium sized goods. Each are at a height of 11 metres, the tallest supplied in the UK and picking will be on the first floor as opposed to the ground floor. The new dimension of ergonomic order picking will offer faster, more accurate picking and higher economic efficiency.

Overseeing the project is Bob Jane, Business Development manager at SSI Schaefer, he says:

“SSI Schaefer has planned and designed the complete layout of the warehouse from start to finish, bringing a unique style of project management and consultation skills to the overall project. We have ensured the positive integration of a number of different trades into the overall planning and implementation stage, maintaining our reputation as a fully integrated solutions provider.”

Further information:
SSI Schaefer – 01264 386600

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