Making more room for wine and spirits
Published: 11 January 2012 - Heather Ramsden
One of Ireland’s premier logistics and supply chain providers Primeline has taken delivery of three AC electric Aisle-Master articulated forklifts, enabling the company to increase available storage space at its distribution centre in Dublin by an extra 2,000 pallet spaces
After winning a new contract to manage a bonded facility for a wines and spirits business, Primeline was very quickly in need of additional warehouse capacity to accommodate the much higher volumes of stock. By capitalising on the Aisle-Masters’ ability to work in narrow aisles and its excellent manoeuvrability, Primeline was able to cut down the width of the aisles needed by its old reach trucks. This allowed the rows of racking to be increased from 20 to 26 in the existing storage area, improving pallet density to such an extent that any need for costly and disruptive relocation could be avoided.
Primeline’s warehouse manager David Preston says: “We were aware of the space saving benefits of the articulated system, and together with our materials handling consultant Amlac, we arranged to trial various brands. Our drivers were immediately unanimous in their choice of the Aisle-master as the preferred option. They appreciated the smooth and effortless operation and were impressed with the steady mast controls when lifting and lowering loads from the highest pallet positions.”
Lifting 1,000kg to a height of 11.4m is a tall order for an articulated truck, but Aisle-Master engineers at the manufacturing facility in Monaghan modified the design of Primeline’s fleet to meet this requirement. As all Aisle-Masters are manufactured from start to finish at the factory, a high level of customisation can be offered to suit exact customer specifications.
All Aisle-Master models are designed to work both inside and out – cushioned tyres enable operation on uneven surfaces and gradients, but Primeline’s trucks work predominantly inside, storing incoming pallets and picking them again when required for consignments. The new system has been up and running or a few months now and Preston is delighted with the outcome: “We needed a very quick turnaround to cope with the new contract and Aisle-Master was able to deliver on this count. The trucks have boosted our storage capacity from 6,000 to 8,000 pallet spaces, and the operating environment is very comfortable and safe for our drivers.”
The Aisle-Master range can work in aisles of just 1.75m, with capacities of up to 2.5 tonnes and lift heights of up to 12.5 metres, and LPG models are also available. The trucks are all designed and built at the company’s dedicated production facility in Monaghan, Ireland, ensuring a top quality product.