IDS has invested £350,000 in a Hubtex EZK20 worktop picking platform for its warehouse in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in a bid to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
The multi-directional picker allows operators to pick from both sides of the warehouse’s cantilever racking, with the capacity for up to 450 worktops per day. Capable of picking a worktop load of up to 1500kg from a height of up to eight metres, the custom-designed platform reduces the likelihood of damage and is safer and easier for operators to use.
Steve O’Brien, Operations Director at IDS, commented: “This is an exciting addition to our Newcastle-under-Lyme warehouse that will help support us on our journey to continually improve our service to customers. The upgrade will help ensure we maintain our excellent distribution record, which currently stands at 99% on-time, in-full delivery.”
Supporting IDS’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact, the picker is said to be more efficient to operate as intelligent chargers cool the battery as necessary to increase the efficiency of its charge, helping significantly improve the battery life.
The company stocks a choice of solid wood, engineered quartz, solid surface and laminate worksurfaces plus the latest introduction to the market – compact, from brands including Bushboard, Formica, Duropal, Oasis and Tuscan.
A host of sizes and thicknesses are available including 3m and 4.1m lengths in the latest designs and textures, ready to distribute nationwide within 24 to 48 hours.