Ireland’s premier logistics and supply chain provider Primeline has taken advantage of the space saving attributes of the Aisle-Masters to increase available storage space by an extra 2,000 pallet spaces. Lifting 1,000kg to a height of 11.4m is a tall order for an articulated truck, but this is managed with ease by the three AC electric powered models in operation at Primeline’s distribution centre in Dublin.
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: “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 particularly impressed with the steady mast controls when lifting and lowering loads from the highest pallet positions. 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.”