Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has supplied Imperial Cold Logistics (ICL) with a range of material handling equipment for its new, state-of- the-art, revolutionary cold storage Distribution Centre (DC) in Linbro Park, North East of Johannesburg.
The facility has a range of temperatures throughout its various chambers. Temperatures range from ambient outside to the despatch and receiving area which is 0⁰C – +5⁰C, onto the six central storage chambers which are at -25⁰C, a further chamber at -30⁰C and then a specially designed chilled area which is also 0⁰C- +5⁰C.
Kilometres of heated wire
The new structure required 371km of heated wire for under-floor heating which is virtually continuous throughout the building. The wire had to be imported from Europe, which was a challenge in itself, and then this and to be laid, covered by soil, polystyrene and concrete, and then a further ½- metre of special insulation and then more concrete were applied. Given that the warehouse is a gigantic 250m x 110m the magnitude of laying a floor to such exacting requirements cannot be over- played.
A total of 48 vehicles including Reach Trucks
In total GLTC supplied 48 vehicles to the new facility, which included 12 Crown ESR Heated cab Reach Trucks to work at temperatures from 0⁰C- 30⁰C; 8 Crown 3-wheeled counter-balance lift trucks with a lift height of 4825mm – used to offload trucks in the dispatch area; 8 x GPC 3040 low-level order pickers and 20 x WT3040 powered pallet trucks.
Fully equipped BHS Global Battery Bay
An important part of the deal included the supply of a fully equipped BHS Global (BHS) battery bay with over 140 batteries.
Safety, efficiency, and space savings in the lift truck battery changing area is one of Imperial’s priorities and Goscor was able to meet their demands in this regard. The battery bay includes a triple-stack battery extractor and support equipment including electrical distribution systems, battery fleet management systems, battery room ventilation and a whole lot more.
Efficiency is the key factor
DC operates between 30 000 and 52 000 pallet positions (depending on configuration) which means efficiency is the key factor and the operation of and service on the material handling equipment is fundamental.
The operation of this DC comprises getting the goods in raw bulk from the primary producers to various manufacturers and then bringing back the finished goods from them.
Thereafter ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ distribution occurs. The former is the bulk distribution of finished goods to one distributor and then “secondary distribution”, which is the distribution of “burst loads” – that is finished goods to a number of retailers.
Currently the primary distribution transport is outsourced within the group (insourced) while the secondary distribution is done with the DC’s own fleet of about 80-100 vehicles of between 4 and 14 tons.
This world-class facility leads the way in this country in terms of the future of cold storage distribution.