Super 456 racks up success for Metalsistem

The Metalsistem Group is the preferred warehouse management systems manufacturer for Italian logistics giant Snatt

Super 456 racks up success for Metalsistem
Super 456 racks up success for Metalsistem

August 8, 2011

The Metalsistem Group is the preferred warehouse management systems manufacturer of for Italian
logistics giant Snatt, who installed the company's Super 456 storage and racking solution.

With a combined total of 40,000 square metres of floor space and an additional mezzanine facility of some 20,000 square metres, Snatt’s eight European distribution centres are well known in high fashion circles.

The entire operation has a capacity in excess of 3 million garments managed in either hung or folded configuration. The company’s Super 456 storage and racking solution was provided by the Metalsistem Group based in Australia.

Local director Oshi Kirk says the solution was specifically designed to maximise space efficiencies and accommodate the inherent complexities of storing a diverse range of fashion garments.

"The Super 456 is a heavy-duty integrated system that provided the ability to construct a 4-tiered mezzanine structure, which literally gives the customer the opportunity to hit the roof and use all the available ceiling space," Kirk says.

"It can also be constructed to a height of up to 12 metres, incorporating multitiered self-standing mezzanine structures with a higher load capacity per square metre for the flooring and walkways."

The Snatt installation uses mezzanine spans of 4.5 x 4.5 square metres with load bearing capacities of 500kg/m2, and in order to provide receiving, dispatch and quality control areas, long-span cut-out sections were constructed into the structure on the upper levels.

The 456's unique upright profile design is manufactured with no holes in a closed-box formation that can accommodate eight beams connected to the upright at 90 degrees on the one level.

"The Super 456 system is not only versatile but its design also allows for configuration enhancements, such as drive-in or drive-through racking," Kirk says.

Additionally, high rise storage structures, multitiered and wide-span mezzanines can also be incorporated to achieve a load ratings up to 700 kg /m².

Wide spans between columns are constructed by using specially-designed beam connectors and upright supports.

The Super 456 can also be constructed over existing installations.

"This can be achieved without interrupting day-to-day operational activities while the work is being carried out, allowing for an increase in warehouse capacities, without the need to restock or relocate," Kirk says.

All the frames are constructed from 3.1B certified high-tensile steel, which are tested to comply with the main international accreditation bodies such as the TÜV for loading and FEM for the design approvals.

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