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Maximise your space

OHRA cantilevered vehicle racking
If you want to handle more vehicles, there are plenty of ways to increase your site capacity.

If you want to make more profit then you need more vehicles, and that means you need to expand. Not necessarily. It’s the start of a brand new year and it’s a great time to look at how to improve your business.


There are many areas where you can build your business - increased parts sales per vehicle, added value from the materials content of the hulks, and then of course processing a greater number of vehicles.

It’s that last point we are interested in here. More vehicles often means more space, but you need to ask yourself if you are capitalising fully on the space you already have. Are you making full use of racking systems to maximise usage on the site?

We are all aware that planning restrictions can sometimes be issues but most sites have no issues with 3 high racking. 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. You get the idea; that’s a huge potential for lots more cars.

Aisle widths are another area where space can be wasted. Using 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. Take a look at Combi-Lift’s range if you want to know more about this. And don't forget, anything that reduces your footprint means less concrete and smaller oil skimmers in the yard.

We were talking to specialist racking manufacture, OHRA recently who pointed out that the benefits aren’t only in space saving. They explained, “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.”

They were also keen to tell us about the added benefits of installing vehicle storage within a warehouse. You don’t have to consider wind loads or any other issues caused by weather conditions. The vehicles will remain dry, removing the effects on parts caused by the British winter.

So if you want to handle more vehicles, then it will pay to check out the options available on your existing site before you commit to a larger location. It’s easy to find out, you can visit OHRA’s website here.

February 2017

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