FCC Logística, a Spanish company belonging to the Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas group, has implemented in its multi-customer consumer product hub in Cabanillas del Campo (Guadalajara) a new storage system from Toyota Material Handling, which has significantly increased the storage capacity. This has been possible thanks to the Radioshuttle RS1500, an electronic load carrying system and also articulated trilateral fork lift machines of the latest generation for use in narrow passages.
The introduction of these innovative systems in the logistic operator’s storage system has meant increasing the storage capacity of high volume consumer goods stored at the centre, resulting in an increase of about 50% according to the company’s own estimates.
Sources at FCC Logística indicate that, “With the use of the Toyota Material Handling Radioshuttle we have been able to exploit better the space over a conventional drive-in shelf because each level can contain a different reference. Similarly, the increases achieved in storage density per square metre are double compared with a normal shelf with a passage for an extracting machine”.
Basically the Radioshuttle consists of an electronic load carrier that transports goods both inside and outside the storage tunnels of the specially designed shelves. The shuttles are put into the different levels and tunnels by the trilateral machine operators and the whole process is managed FCC Logística’s SGA in the platform. For the time being, the system has been installed in part of the hub and it has a capacity of more than 5,000 pallets set out in 45 rows of 7 levels of height.
Among the advantages of this new system the following stand out: its being able to provide level by level feeding compared with traditional compact storage in which only work by section is possible. Likewise, storage with Radioshuttle does not have the limitations of depth of the latter in which fast introduction becomes very irregular as it lacks transverse beams.
Articulated trilateral fork lifts
In this same hub, and in order to achieve a greater exploitation of the space in narrow passageways, FCC Logística has also purchased two articulated trilateral fork lifts from Toyota, their VCE 150A with a lift height of up to 11,450 mm. These increase the storage capacity by 20% due to the narrower passageway needed for incoming and outgoing goods movements compared to other traditional goods handling equipment.
The VCE 150A that work in FCC Logística’s hub are trilateral cable-guided vehicles (RGV) that have articulated chassis and steering which enables them to turn easily to be positioned in the next working passage.
About FCC Logistica
FCC Logística offers in Spain and Portugal a complete offer of solutions for the supply chain through its business units specialising in automobiles, consume goods, pharmaceuticals, industry and technology, transport and retail. The company currently has 62 warehouses and logistics platforms in the Iberian Peninsula, over 800,000 metres of storage, 40,.000 cubis metres of refrigeration capacity and employs over 3,600 people.
For further information www.fcclogistica.com
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About Toyota Material Handling España
Toyota Material Handling España (TMHES) is a branch of Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE), a company created in 2005 to manage the operations of the Toyota and BT brands in Europe. With over 60 years of activity in the sector, TMHE offers a wide range of equipment for maintaining Toyota and BT as well as technical service. It works in over 20 European countries and it has production plants in Ancenis (France), Bologna (Italy) and Mjölby (Sweden). TMHE is the organisation in Europe of Toyota Material Handling Group, which forms part of Toyota Industries Corporation.
For further information www.toyota-forklifts.es
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