The latest in a series of warehouse floor marking projects for Walkers Snack Foods has now been completed by ASG Services Ltd. The installation at the manufacturer’s Regional Distribution Centre in Glasgow has seen some 2.5 km of lines used to define a series of individual ‘block stack’ pallet storage lanes together with external pedestrian walkways designed to provide an important health and safety feature at the site.
Accommodating products from the Walkers and Quaker range, the warehouse is dedicated primarily to the storage of the well known ‘Quaker Oats’ range of products. The floor marking is the final stage in a refurbishment project at the site that has seen the location rejoin the Walkers distribution network following its use for some years by a separate third party. Not only is the ASG Services’ work a key element of the project but, importantly, it had to be undertaken within an extremely tight deadline – with all the line marking work completed within 3 days of order.
“The warehouse in Glasgow is based on block stacking with the lanes designed for the optimum housing of pallets,” comments Garry Lock, Walkers Warehouse Support Manager. “This not only allows us to maximise storage capacity but also provides us with the ideal layout for both long store and rapid retrieval products.
“Consequently a variety of lane dimensions is used to accommodate depths of seven, eight and thirteen pallets – the latter being designed to take a full trailer of fast moving products.”
The lines use a chlorinated rubber material that has been applied via line laser, allowing the operator to achieve a highly accurate and consistent finish. Importantly, because it is a one-part coating any minor maintenance can be undertaken by Walkers using widely available aerosol paints. If a future redesign is required, lines can also be readily removed using floor cleaning products before ASG then return to site to install new markings.
Outside, ASG Services has also brought its line marking expertise to bear on a pedestrian walkway that runs around the edge of the warehouse building, connecting it to an adjacent car parking area. The link is made by a high visibility ‘Zebra’ crossing which has also been installed by the company.
“We believe our speed of reaction and the quality of the finish have been the key elements at the Walkers site in Glasgow,” comments ASG Services’ Managing Director Tony Gresty. “The primary objective was to allow the company to maximise both its capacity and ease of pallet accessibility at the premises and also to provide a quality of line marking that was both highly visible and appropriate for their operation. Walkers will undertake any routine maintenance themselves and the design of the product means it can be cleaned with readily available products – the ideal recipe, we believe, for longevity and continued performance.”