CSI maximise storage space, reduce expenses and improve customer service at Mitsubishi Electric with drive-in pallet racking installation
With several decades’ experience of designing and developing air conditioning units, Mitsubishi Electric have become renowned for producing high quality, cost effective and environmentally sound systems.
Due to an increase in stock levels at their European Research and Development Centre, Mitsubishi Electric needed to maximise their storage capacity.
Having impressed the company on previous projects at the facility, CSI (formerly ESE) was chosen to develop and install a new storage solution for Mitsubishi’s warehouse.
CSI’s solutions team worked closely with Mitsubishi’s Distribution Manager to design and fit a space-saving pallet racking system. Mitsubishi intended to store large quantities of similar, non-perishable goods, Dexion P90 drive-in racking was identified as the ideal solution.
With drive-in racking, pallets are positioned so that they can slide backwards on a rail, storing them more deeply and eliminating the need for loading and picking aisles maximising the use of space available. P90 racking uses existing space up to 90% more effectively than standard pallet storage systems. It is also more protective of fragile products than traditional block stacking.
CSI installed drive-in racking over two warehouse locations, creating 708 pallet spaces in a three high design and a separate installation offering 76 pallet spaces over two levels.
To ensure longevity of the installation, several pallet racking protection devices were supplied. Brightly coloured pallet guides were fitted to help forklift drivers position loads quickly and accurately and front-to-back guide rails were fitted to ensure efficient forklift speed and limit racking component damage. Double-height upright guards and pallet stops were also put in place to protect both the racking and Mitsubishi’s ground-level stock from accidental damage.
Anti-collapse mesh was installed to the rear of one block of the racking to provide increased protection to warehouse operatives.
Thanks to careful co-operation with Mitsubishi staff, CSI was able to complete the project on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to the client’s business operations.
- Client : Mitsubishi
- Location : Livingston, West Lothian
- Sector : Electrical Equipment and Electronics
- Project Value : £94,000
- Scope of Works : Pallet racking
The drive-in racking system created almost 800 new pallet locations for Mitsubishi Electric’s Research and Development Centre. The company were able to increase their stock holding in the facility dramatically, enabling them to service their European client base faster and more efficiently. Mitsubishi also now requires less third-party storage, which will deliver considerable cost-savings in the long term.
“We were concerned about whether or not we had planned the installation well enough to build it in time for new incoming product, but this was a job well done and within the planned time schedule.
The new racking system is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and yet sturdy enough to meet our capacity requirements.
We would recommend CSI because of the excellent product and professional support throughout.”
Logistics Section Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd