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Hi-Level Mezzanine Installs Floor For Robot Use for International Retail Company

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Case Study

Hi-Level Mezzanines helps international retail company by designing, fabricating and installing a large mezzanine floor for robot use to deliver planned business growth

The Client

With the demand for eCommerce shopping increasing in the UK, an international client wanted to invest in a new DC in the Midlands that would have capacity for both current and future customer purchasing volumes. Having chosen their warehouse, the client required a mezzanine floor to be built quickly and to a high quality that also was robot compliant. Hi-Level Mezzanines was chosen for this project as a company that could deliver the large project and to demanding deadlines plus had detailed proficiency with robots.

Completing the Mezzanine to plan.

The Challenge

To design, fabricate and install a large mezzanine floor and decking incorporating innovative robot requirements (covering inventory movement and “Goods to person” requirements). The market was also challenging as the UK endured the Covid pandemic which meant there was a limited availability of steel and decking for construction projects. The client had very demanding timelines and the project site was congested with many trade contractors.

The Criteria

The Mezzanine floor requirements were as follows:

  • 17,000 Sq m floor size
  • 10 kN live load
  • Ancillaries: 5 General access staircases and 1.5m handrail plus kick-plate
  • Install a goods lift
  • To design a mezzanine that is 7m above the ground to maximise the storage capability for retail stock in the warehouse. This also allows for flexibility of warehouse design in the future

Other criteria included:

  • Mezzanine floor designed to accommodate robots. This is both above and below the mezzanine
  • A floor covering solution for robots that is durable and assists with automated pick and pack operations

The Result

Hi-Level Mezzanines designed, fabricated and installed a value engineered mezzanine solution to plan that also conformed to relevant Construction and Management Regulations. The customer is now able to plan for expected  customer orders plus deliver their 5 year business plan.

The innovative design allows for a full range of ancillaries and racking to be installed plus be automated with robots

A full range of racking increases the flexibility and efficiency of the warehouse

For more information, please contact Chris Baxter, Hi-Level Sales Director: [email protected]