STORAGE HANDLING DISTRIBUTION

Lofty aspirations for car parts maker

Two Street overhead cranes form part of the new £27m automotive components plant for STE, Gloucester. The 16,000m2 factory produces pressed and welded sub-assemblies for car makers. Computer modelling of crane movements enabled Street, working closely with STE, constructors Shimiziu and Parkman Consulting to develop the specification. The high volumes cranes will be used to handle steel coil as well as dies and other equipment.

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Pneumatics company Festo focuses on handling at the Hanover Fair with a new modular range developed from standard parts aimed at robustness, and ease of use and assembly in tailored handling solutions. Precision machined faces on components make them interchangeable, the company says.

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Computerised warehouse management installed at Dunlop Tyres, Washington, improves productivity, stock rotation and traceability, supplier Kewill PCL says. The Commander program monitors stock levels in real time so Dunlop can keep a check on daily production of 11,000 car tyres in 100 models for Nissan, Rover and Honda and export markets.

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A 27m span Wohr automatic vacuum crane handles cardboard rolls weighing up to 7.1 tonnes at a 85,500 tonne-capacity intermediate storage warehouse in Latin America. Two similar computerised systems are being installed at a 90,000 tonne warehouse in China. Wohrstore software makes the most efficient use of paper storage. Unlike forklifts, vacuum cranes are less likely to damage paper rolls, says the supplier.

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Avery Berkel introduces two counting terminals for micro sized components. The G216/217 models suit factories and warehouses which need fast counting of millions of parts weighing as little as 0.05g in batches up to one million. They can count parts in boxed loads up to 32kg.