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Marks & Spencer: Automated Distribution

The Problem

At Marks and Spencer, warehouse logistics and material handling system solutions require planned and reactive maintenance programs, often in elevated areas.

The movement of goods in their distribution centre requires sophisticated automation systems. The higher the volume of movement the greater level of complexity of these systems.

Material flow solutions, using pallet or case conveyors, AGVs and monorails are a highly effective means of moving goods between work areas.  They offer real time tracking of goods and added value tasks; for example, wrapping, weighing and the sorting of goods.

However efficient maintenance is key to an efficient process; many areas are awkward and therefore difficult to reach; each task often being different from the last. Working at height must be accomplished safely and traditionally outsourced scaffolding companies and fixed aluminium tower systems have been deployed. Outsourced scaffolding labour is expensive and not available 24/7, aluminium frame systems are cumbersome, inflexible, difficult to transport and will not adjust to fit into awkward areas.

The Solution

By using a LOBO System solution Marks and Spencer have dramatically improved their logistics system operation by reducing scaffolding labour costs, which in turn improves service levels and increases operator productivity.

Marks and Spencer maintenance department can assemble the LOBO System quickly, easily and safely around, through or above conveyors and restricted access areas.

This means out-sourced scaffolding labour costs can be reduced without compromising safety. Areas previously considered difficult to get to can now be accessed with ease for maintenance and inspection purposes. In addition, it is available 24/7 therefore puts them in control of what and when they schedule a maintenance task.

The Benefits

  • LOBO is scalable, adaptable and adjustable to meet your on-going and changing requirements. Simply add more components or alter your existing configuration to satisfy the demands of the next task. Protect your initial investment with a product that will meet all your access needs safely!
  • LOBO is a rigid and stable product, which meets or exceeds current safety regulations. Handrails can be fitted in seconds, at any point in the assembly process and at any point on the system.
  • LOBO’s steel structure ensures many years of product life and a system that will not shake or rattle. The system can also include a slider lifting beam kit, toe boards and a Towerstore storage unit.
  • LOBO’s modular approach means components fully integrate and can be hand carried. Fully constructed systems can also be made mobile by the addition of wheels.

Marks & Spencer

Other Clients in Sector

EU:  BS EN1004:2004 BS 1139 parts 3 & 4

USA: OSHA Compliant, ANSI A10.8, 29 CFR Part 1920 (General Industry)

Canada:  CAN/CSA Z797‐09 & S269.2

Australia:  AS/NZS 1576.1:2010 and AS/NZS 1576.3:2015 Tower

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