AF Blakemore fits Transdek loading for double decks

Tipton, UK: AF Blakemore has installed Transdek loading bays for double deck trailers at its Tipton distribution centre.

The installation provides additional storage space at the site as well as increasing the speed of loading double deck trailers.

Blakemore, the largest UK wholesaler to Spar, had Transdek design and install the modular warehouse extension and loading pod for the 8,000sq metre depot. The contract followed Transdek’s previous work supplying double deck lifts to two other Blakemore distribution hubs.

The installation, including transit lobby, 18-cage double deck lift pod and vehicle impact barriers, was completed in four days. It provides Blakemore with the means to load and unload double deck trailers in as little as 45 minutes, as well as giving another 75sq metres storage space at the distribution site.

Transdek designed a bespoke vehicle-to-ground double deck lift for the flat-floor site, with a stretched lift platform to carry 18 of Spar’s 810mm by 720mm roll cages. The lift pod was angled at 90 degrees to the transit lobby to accommodate vehicle access constraints posed by the tight yard.

Stewart Constable, general manager at AF Blakemore, said: “Transdek’s loading solution has enabled us to shave around 90 minutes off the turnaround of our double deck trailers, which has boosted our site efficiency and means we can service more vehicles each day.

“Not only that, their V2G pod is fitted with a large number of safety features that give our loaders the best possible level of protection while they work.”

Transdek designed a bespoke vehicle-to-ground double deck lift for the flat-floor site AF Blackmore’s Tipton depot

The lift was built in a reinforced steel superstructure prior to delivery. The completed loadhouse was then craned into position and secured directly to the yard slab.
 
The modular transit lobby, measuring 15 by 5 metres, was engineered and built at Transdek’s South Yorkshire factory, then delivered onsite in modular, bolt-together sections. The structure was secured to the yard in front of an existing warehouse doorway, and dovetailed with the DC front to provide a clad, weather-proof continuum from the main building to the yard and lift.
 
An additional three doorways were designed in to the transit lobby, with one of these allocated for extra delivery capacity. The other two, 3m wide doorways, fitted with roller shutter doors, maintain a through-flow for forklift trucks moving products and empty cages between the yard, main warehouse and battery charge area.
 
Adjustable legs were included in the building’s uprights to accommodate fluctuations in the yard surface, speeding up the installation process.
 
“Overall, we’re very happy with how Transdek managed the whole project from design through to finished onsite build. The whole operation was very professional and slick, and the finished products have exceeded our expectations,” Constable said.

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