The Problem: Crowded Crates
A U.S. Air Force base is home to a modification program for an aircraft that has been in service for more than 50 years. The modifications are intended to significantly extend the aircraft’s service life, and the facility supports the modification process by storing and providing access to numerous wooden crates filled with expensive parts. The crew needs to move an average of 18 crates into and out of the storage area each week to support the production line.
Problems began to arise when the warehouse became filled with crates that were difficult to find and retrieve. If a crate was stacked in the back of a set, three people with forklifts needed 45 minutes or more to move crates around to retrieve it. This labor-intensive retrieval system consumed 42 person-hours per week and repeatedly delayed the program’s production schedule.
The Solution: Mobile Pallet Racking
In order to save time, save space, and improve efficiency, a Spacesaver ActivRAC 16 storage system was installed in the warehouse. The system consists of 13 carriages fitted with 14’ tall three-tiered shelf racks. Each carriage is 9’ wide and 47’ long, holding between 20-30 crates and bearing up to 39,000 pounds.
The pallet racking system moves on rails, eliminating wasted aisle space and simplifying retrieval. It’s powered electronically, and forklift operators can use a remote control device to open and close aisles as needed.
The Result: Saving Time and Money
The ActivRAC system has resulted in a dramatic improvement in the MRO warehouse’s appearance and functionality. According to an Air Force article about the project, “The new system has reduced labor hours 97 percent and is projected to save almost $40,000 per year. Additionally, the system decreased the storage footprint by approximately 5,700 square feet, netting more savings and benefits. Most important is the immediate benefit of just-in-time delivery of crates to production facilities.”
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