Over the past few months we have seen an increase in customers looking for help with the risk of block stacked items falling into areas that could contain people moving about the facility. This can be both inside or outside.
Most of the time it is to protect a walkway where the client has a legal requirement to protect people in a facility.
We have also seen a continued requirement for netting on mezzanine handrails or even to protect the side of mezzanine floors. Either to stop items falling or to stop people throwing items up to the first or second floor!
In most cases we are able to design a solution using fabricated steel work, in some shape or form, combined with Gripple Limited cable technology, for which we hold a patent license, and a net made by ASG Services, a trading division of Westbrook Industrial Ltd that is slightly smaller than needed to add the required tension.
Thanks to Fibrestar Drums and The HEINEKEN Company for trusting us to look after their people.
More often than not the thickness of the self adhesive layer on the label can be between 12 and 20 microns thick.
That is only .012 – .02 mm which is not very much at all and as adhesives work on percentage surface contact if the surface you are sticking too isn’t very smooth adhesion can be affected.
With the majority of rolled steel products, such as pallet racking, the finish is very smooth and won’t cause a problem but there will be some steelwork around your warehouse where this is not the case.
On structural steel, the surface is far from smooth and this is where problems can occur. P&D arms, Mezzanine, heavy duty racking and building columns can be a problem.
The way round this is make sure the adhesive is significantly thicker with a more substantial label.
In our case we make a highly durable label which has carries a 200 micron thick adhesive which while may still only be .2mm thick allows significantly more surface contact between the steel and the surface. In most cases this is more than adequate.
If you are not sure, take a close up photo and send it to ASG Services and we will advise on how we can help.
KitchenCraft is one of the largest distributors of quality cookware and dining products in the UK, indeed Europe. ASG Services successfully worked with the company to complete a full labelling and integrated safety solution at its new site.
When KitchenCraft came to plan out its new site in Birmingham, everything had to revolve around safety. Therefore, it had to work with a trusted partner, one that could deliver a quality solution, on budget and within timeframe.
Fortunately, KitchenCraft had started planning for the new site five years in advance of moving in and had begun working with ASG Services at least 12 months before the new site’s opening so it could drill down exactly what it needed.
Richard Williams, Technical Sales Support Manager, ASG Services said: “Planning well ahead is essential to a customer. The earlier they come to us, the better we can provide the solution they want, and we can implement it, and have it completed on time.”
We worked with KitchenCraft for 12 months to putt ogether a labelling and integrated safety solution. The factw e can provide line marking, barriers and safety signage isu nique in our industry and we want to work with customerst hat really see the benefits of planning ahead.
Chris Hopkirk – Sales Director, ASG Services
By planning ahead, KitchenCraft was able to agree with ASG exactly what it needed in terms of warehouse infrastructure, including barriers, labelling, walkways, signage and a lot more besides.
Tony Elliot, Operations Director, KitchenCraft said: “The benefits of planning well in advance is that you know exactly what you want and can manage costs.”
For the Birmingham site, the requirements were significant. In total, 2.1 km of lines (walkways, hatch boxes and marshalling lanes) were laid down internally, along with 33 sq m of solid (zebra and walking men) markings.
There was also 25 linear metres of guardrail, 72 metres of Armco and eight polywrap column protectors. In terms of safety signage, 227 signs were installed including Fire Exit and FLT Caution.
Such a new project also required a significant amount of labelling, with ASG producing 31,000 silverback labels for both pallet racking and shelving.
Externally, 714 linear metres of line marking was laid down, along with zebras, roundels, directional arrows and walking men, whilst 45 safety signs were erected, all designed to ensure the safe passage of workers around the warehouse’s exterior.
Stuart Keate, Installation Manager, ASG Services, said strong collaboration with KitchenCraft had seen a major project delivered to agreed timeframes.
“Successful project management ensured we had everything installed to the customer’s satisfaction in plenty of time for the go live date. Sufficient lead time enabled us to implement an effective plan. We secured all the materials upfront and avoided any delay in lead time.
“We were also able to schedule teams to carry out the installation and by working closely with the principal contractor we could ensure they met all the health and safety requirements for the site,” he said.
Tony Elliot, Operations Director, KitchenCraft added: “Safety for us as a business, protects our employees but actually improves productivity as well. I would recommend ASG Services, they accommodated our needs and communicated their plans well. The fit-out was exceptional and the job was completed on time with all the detail finished to a high standard.”
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Established in the year 2000 and now boasting over 580,000 active customers, Ocado is the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer. Its fourth Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC4) opened last year in Erith, South East London and at 563,000 sq ft is not only the largest in its network, but is also the largest automated warehouse for online grocery in the world.
Servicing Ocado’s growing customer base in London and the south-east of England, at full capacity it can process over 200,000 orders per week. It stocks both Ocado’s and Morrisons’ full range of groceries, and is divided into ambient, chilled and frozen zones.
Due to the success of IMHX 2016, we are happy to announce that we are once again exhibiting at IMHX 2019 which is being hosted on the 24-27 September 2019. You can visit us in hall 19 on stand G135, we hope to see you all there!
Following the success of our trade only product RackNets™, ASG services have now launched the latest product in warehouse safety, MezzNets™.
Where RackNets™ is designed to protect the back-of-pallet racking structures, MezzNets™ is a 2.3mm cord net designed to stop the falling of boxes and small stock items from a mezzanine floor. MezzNets™ is available for both handrail and floor-to-ceiling applications.
You can find out more about our MezzNets™ solution by clicking here, alternatively give Jordan a ring on +44 (0) 1925 710923.
Poundworld is one of the UK’s leading discount retailers and is owned by US private equity firm TPG. Operating under the Poundworld and Bargain Buys brand names, the business serves over two million customers and sells around 11 million products a week.
In 2017, Poundworld moved in to a purpose-built 524,000 sq ft national distribution centre (NDC) in Normanton, West Yorkshire. Following its construction stage, the multi-million-pound Normanton NDC required a range of equipment to bring it to an operational level, several aspects of which were to be bespoke to this particular facility.
The equipment and services required at this stage of the project included: racking location labels; internal shot-blast line marking; external line marking; external galvanised security cages; internal mesh cages; internal and external pedestrian and vehicle barriers; and supervisor workstation plinths.
With the client being a low-margin discount retailer, a particular challenge of the contract was to ensure the work was delivered within budget.
With the recent expansion of offices in Warrington, we are extremely delighted to announce that we’ve taken delivery of our new netting machine. This will allow us to have greater control over order processing meaning a significantly quicker lead time of our RackNets™ product to our customers.
Due to outgrowing our previous office and warehouse space, ASG services have recently moved to new premises just 50 yards from our old home on Easter Court in Warrington. Our new 8,000 sq ft warehouse allows increased capacity on our core products, such as racking labels, warehouse signage and back-of-rack netting.
With the move we took the decision to increase our netting productivity by installing our very own netting machine, giving us greater control on production and reduced lead times to our customers.
ASG had an extremely successful time during the busy period of exhibitions in 2016, including attendance at the leading materials handling exhibition IMHX in April, and at the PPMA Exhibition in September, both at the NEC in Birmingham.
The quality of end user visitors at both shows was very good, including a high number of blue chip companies who had enquiries.
Our key message was to promote our expertise in delivering large scale labelling and safety projects, alongside the promotion of key equipment, including steel mesh partitioning that was on display.
We also highlighted our key customers that we deal with to visitors. These include Dr Martens, Ocado Group, Kawasaki Robotics, Kuehne+Nagel, Brakes, London 2012, Wincanton and Halfords.