Design and operation of a distribution centre for truck and passenger vehicle tyres present special challenges. Tyres are usually received loose in containers. Storage can be in racking or stillages and each has advantages and capacity constraints. Handling of loose, palletised or stillage stock requires special handling solutions. There are specific fire protection requirements.
Henderson Logistics were engaged to design an upgrade of the Yokohama Silverwater NSW facility to improve the overall capacity while taking into account all the needs in storage, handling and fire control regulations. Positioning of firewalls, arrangement of sprinkler system and constraints of an old building were dealt with in developing the most effective utilisation solution.
A design based mainly on stillages was deemed best for capacity purposes, so aisle widths, direction and stack heights were established for each compartment in the facility. The resulting design and flow was agreed by all to provide the maximised capacity. Hendersons then project managed the installations.
Hendersons were then called on to conduct similar projects for the Yokohama Melbourne and Brisbane distribution centres. In each case maximised capacity layout and fitout were designed to installation quality. The results of these tasks for facilities in the three states gave Yokohama the assurance that the very best in utilisation was gained throughout.