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What do I need racking for, I can’t see the benefit?

OHRA racking in use
Racking for vehicle and parts storage is all about optimising your space, reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency and profits.
It’s easy to see why we must have depollution rigs and other dismantling systems but when it comes to racking you may find it hard to recognise the benefits so readily. Rest assured, they are there and in this article we shall show you how racks can not only make you more efficient but also more profitable.

We need to start at the basics -what are racks used for?
Racks create space; provide an infrastructure for efficient stockholding and selective access to goods stored. Intelligent racking systems reduce operational handling costs and damage to goods. Certified designs provide for safety at work, reducing accidents and compensation claims.
So the decision for racking is pure economics, it’s not a subjective question of wanting racks or not, but down to a simple objective analysis, applicable to all businesses, so now you have to ask, “How can racking work for me”?
Space saving -Two major factors have to be taken into account
Car footprint - Looking at a typical yard with 200-300 ELV vehicles without racking each car will take up approximately 90 sq.ft. floor space per car, or 18.000 sq.ft. in total, without considering the space needed to manoeuvre a forklift.
Taking this a step further, by stacking cars, that space requirement in sq. ft. diminishes the higher up you go: 2 cars = 45 sq.ft, 3 cars =30 sq.ft, 4 cars 22,5 sq.ft, 5 cars = 18 sq.ft. – that’s a saving of up to 80% on floor space.

Aisle width - When handling with a front-loader forklift the average working aisle width will be approximately 4,5 metres. Using a standard 4 directional truck will reduce the working aisle by up to 30%, 45% if using a rail-guided truck.

space savings with racking
Above image shows just how much space can be saved. Top half shows minimum space required for conventional ground storage whilst the lower half indicates floor area required for the same amount of vehicles using three high cantilver racking.

Saving on picking time – the sum of travel, orientation + picking duration
Be honest, how much time do you lose moving cars around and do you have use warehouse management software? Depending on whether or not the car is in the front row of 2 or three stored back to back, you could be looking at 5-10 minutes wasted at least, not to mention the time lost looking for the car.
Taking a 3 car example with a front loader fork truck your most tangible savings will be travelling– 66% less, neglecting any improvements in orientation time achieved by structuring your storage space. This can be improved again by increasing car density by stacking higher and choosing alternative handling equipment.
Operational cost savings
A reduction of travelling distance directly equates to truck operation duration.
The reduction of truck operation time directly equates to a reduction in personnel costs.
The reduction of truck operation time directly equates to a reduction in maintenance cost.
Damage savings - increase profits and fulfil the 85% recycling quota
In a number of operations it is still accepted that a number of parts will be damaged during the process of a vehicles entering the site, being moved around and being dismantled. Over the course of time the vehicles stored suffer damage or parts are lost so that they can no longer be used and therefore sold. Metal parts or external components are often made unusable as a result of impact damage. With the implementation of a racking system every vehicle entering the recycling plant is allocated a specific location where it remains permanently. As a consequence, all parts remain untouched until needed. What this means for you is that when your stock management database indicates a door for model “A” is available, then it is certain that the part with be in the same condition as when it arrived. And extra parts to sell all help profit and the quota for recycling and re-use of ELVs.

The economic consequences for the recycler are positive - Losses due to damaged or lost parts are a thing of the past. The latest generation of OHRA racking systems currently being installed can be equipped with cantilever arms which deflect on impact minimising potential damage to parts and rack.
Storage areas and plot size – pay for what you need, not what you have.
Reducing the area you use for storage can have a significant effect on your busines.
A reduction in storage space footprint equates directly to reduction of concreted impermeable surfaces necessary.
New yard surfaces can be planned based on the car capacity necessary and expanded as required.
Defunct space can be sold off or reused for other purposes.
Eurocode rack design satisfies the HSE
Well planned racking coupled to professional site management reduces the risks to those on the site. Racks should be compliant with all current European and UK legislation and, if purpose built they provide verifiable secure storage.

So the way we see it is that the vehicle dismantlers’ business is subject to the same drive for efficiency as all other industry sectors, it’s all about the bottom line, that’s your benefit. Like all investments, it will cost you money at the outset, but take your example from industry the aim is to plan your facility from the inside, not to build first and then think about racking. Racking deserves as much of your attention as the purchase of the next piece of machinery, and has to be amongst your top considerations to be made if you are looking for a new site. If you have an existing site and you have no space, then have a talk with racking specialists OHRA on 0162 3656 043 or visit www.ohra.co.uk, www.cantilever-racks.co.uk,to see if it all adds up. You can email OHRA here.


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