Corbett Packaging Limited has worked in partnership with STILL to design a new warehouse and materials handling system at its extended packaging facility near Wigan, Lancashire. STILL handled the contract on a turnkey operation including flooring, storage systems, forklift and warehouse handling trucks, as well as supplying a ride-on floor scrubber for fast and efficient cleaning.
Corbett Packaging manufactures cardboard packaging materials for use in industries as diverse as food, clothing, mail order, removal & storage, plastics and even the tobacco industry. Its range of boxes are made to order in any size configuration up to 5 feet squared.
A fleet of two FM14 rider reach trucks, one R70-20 LP Gas counterbalance truck, five R60-16 electric counterbalance and one R60-45 electric counterbalance supplied with a bale clamp provide all the materials handling needs at the Wigan manufacturing and storage site.
Jeff Shawe-Boydell, Transport Manager for Corbett Packaging said, “With the new warehouse we have seen an increase of over a third in storage capacity bringing the total capacity to 4,300 pallets, even though the total floor space has actually decreased! STILL helped us to design the racking in order to make maximum use of the available space and installed it in conjunction with the new floor.”
Due to the nature of cardboard strict fire and safety regulations apply. STILL reconfigured the reach legs on the FM-14s to enable them to lift from ground level, as opposed to up and over the top of the reach legs. This meant that the racking could be lowered to comply with current fire regulations while retaining the desired levels of racking, as the regulations state that there must be a certain distance between the top of the palletised product and the ceiling. Without this a considerable portion of storage space would have been lost.
Each truck is fitted with Hoppecke Trak Air Batteries with high frequency chargers. This enables the trucks to opportunity charge instead of battery changing. For example, when drivers take their break, they charge the batteries for an hour, extending battery life and effectively allowing the trucks to complete two shifts on a single battery charge.