Meca Racking Solutions recently won a tender issued by Western Australia’s leading supply chain and logistics consultancy, Supply Chain Services Australia (SCSA), to implement an innovative yard storage solution for the Laminex Groups Bibra Lake site in the industrial south of Perth.

The site is unique selling typical timber hardware products, unlike other Laminex sites across Australia. “Following a recent strategic review of business operations, Laminex identified order fulfillment efficiency at the Bibra Lake warehouse as a critical area for improvement and consequently established a business objective to increase the efficiency and safety of the DC to achieve the company’s benchmark. Laminex engaged SCSA to conduct an operational review targeted at enhancing the Bibra Lake warehouse operations. The scope included the development of ways to optimise the warehouse layout, workflows and operational procedures” explained Avi Olender of SCSA.

Previously the warehouse held job lots in block stack configuration, three and four lots high with access to bottom lots by removal of those above first. Utilizing the vacant overhead space in the yard was made possible with a specialised galvanized outdoor cantilever racking, engineered to Bibra Lake terrain. A cantilever rack is a type of storage system consisting of vertical columns, base, arms, and bracing. The Meca Cantilever system took away the need to double and sometimes triple handle product, reducing time for forklift drivers and reducing the risk of damage caused when the jobs lots were handled more than they should have been. It also provided much clearer access and identification of each job lot resulting in efficiency for deliveries in and out of the warehouse.

The racking installation faced a number of challenges, including high winds and temperatures. The Meca installation team worked closely with the Laminex business to ensure their strong safety ethic was considered. A tailored safety plan was executed by the Meca Racking project manager to ensure consistent communication between the warehouse manager, installation team and SCSA.

Laminex have now been using the racks since February and are very pleased with the efficiencies achieved. Stage two involving Cantilever racking for inside the warehouse is planned for June 2011 installation and attests to the confidence that Laminex place in Meca’s products and project team to provide the storage solutions required.