Material handling case study: Stacker success14 November 2023
Combilift’s pedestrian stacker range walks the talk in Northern Ireland.
When Jordan International Transport, a Northern Irish refrigerator transportation company specialising in frozen food transport and pharmaceutical distribution, wanted to maximise capacity and achieve greater outputs while reducing overall costs in its business, it reached out to Combilift, a provider of warehouse material handling solutions, for help.
Combilift suggested the Combi-WR pedestrian stacker to help increase Jordan International’s storage capacity.
Since the implementation of the pedestrian stacker, Jordan International has increased its storage space capacity to 85%, compared to the previous 50% with standard racking and conventional forklifts.
The company says the Combi-WR enabled it to store substantially more pallets in a condensed area, while reducing working aisle widths.
“It’s perfect for our set up. Working at -18ºC over a few hours it never misses a beat. We were initially concerned whether a truck could work equally effectively in such cold temperatures compared to normal conditions, but the team at Combilift had all the right specifications and solutions,” says Jordan International Transports’ storage and distribution manager Barry McIlvanna.
Combilift says that research from the other side of the world shows that in certain scenarios forklifts can present problems.
“Studies show that in Australia forklift operation can pose persistent challenges for businesses by hindering productive handling of goods, limiting warehousing space – Combilfit’s pedestrian stacker range provides safer alternatives to traditional forklift models whilst boosting productivity and conserving warehousing space,” says Combilift Australia country manager Chris Littlewood.
“One of the biggest challenges with conventional forklifts is their rigid and inflexible mobility, particularly when they are carrying heavy loads,” Littlewood explains. “Limited space in warehouses that store food and beverage goods can impede effective space utilisation when relying on conventional forklift equipment, leading to a loss of productivity overall.”
In today’s economy, warehousing space is an expensive commodity, and the cost per square foot for specialised facilities are even higher than those for regular storage. As a result, it becomes crucial to prioritise maximising capacity within businesses current building footprints, which is where, according to Combilift, its line-up of electric pedestrian stackers come into their own, enabling businesses to lift and manoeuvre goods in confined areas.
Combilift says the range offers features such as side loading, narrow aisle access, customisation, and indoor and outdoor operation, meaning there is no longer a requirement for multiple trucks.
“Combilift’s purpose-built pedestrian stacker range has achieved remarkable success in the food and beverage industry, as well as other sectors, thanks to extensive research and development efforts. [The firm’s] dedication to supporting customers in the industries they serve has played a significant role in this achievement,” the company says.
“It’s about customer-centric solutions that have become an essential component of our core philosophy,” concludes Littlewood.