Problem: Jack Williams Tire needed to store over 2,000 tires in a very small area with uneven floor levels. In addition, the shelving needed to be built around an existing wood structure to prevent it from having to be demolished.
Solution: Western Pacific recommended that the floor be shimmed to level it. They designed over-sized footplates to anchor the system and assure stability. The shelving was designed around the existing structures, and a catwalk was provided with seven total levels.
Benefits: The significant cost of demolition was eliminated, and the company was able to store 2,600 tires without compromising safely. Because their solution prevented the need to relocate any tire inventory and the client was able to install the shelving himself based on provided installation drawings, the system was installed only 4 weeks after the order was placed.
Automobile Parts Distribution, RiveTier, Mezzanine
Client: NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, Oakland
Problem: In order to expand their operations, NAPA needed to free up 15,000 square feet of storage space. Their facility is located in a seismic zone 4. Considerable seismic activity and extensive fault lines had created shifts in the elevation of the warehouse flooring.
Solution: A two-level catwalk system was installed, including three separate Industrial Structures mezzanines. Gates were installed into the handrail system to allow for forklift accessibility to the upper level. Working with Casco, Western Pacific designed and manufactured special decking supports to counteract the uneven flooring and support a continuous flat level mezzanine and catwalk.
Benefits: Despite the scale of this project, within 2 months the project was completed. Western Pacific handled the manufacture of the necessary components, the engineering services to plan the project and the seismic calculations required for the permit process. Because of their foresight in allowing forklift access to the second level, productivity at NAPA has never been higher.
Automobile Dealership, RiveTier/Pacific
Client: A General Motors dealer in Las Vegas, Nevada
Problem: The dealer contracted a piece of real estate to accommodate his new dealership, with an essential need of getting as many cars on the lot as possible. The dealer also happened to be the regional body parts dealer, and needed to have a variety of body parts stored and available at the location. It wasn’t until after they obtained the property and started to layout their plans that they realized the space could not accommodate everything they needed.
Solution: Western Pacific implemented a two-level catwalk system, giving them a total of three levels while utilizing at least 95% of the building’s cube. The catwalk system included a combination of RiveTier and Pacific shelving lines.
Benefits: Thanks to WPSS, a bad situation was turned into a profitable solution. In fact, the available storage space of the new real estate was tripled, which ultimately allowed the GM dealer to continue operation. Without Western Pacific, the dealer would have had to make a choice between having parts or cars. No automotive dealership should ever have to make that decision.
Automotive Parts Distribution, Deluxe
Client: Toyota Parts Distribution Centers
Problem: Toyota was facing a universal problem: the need to store unusually sized parts. In their case, the problem revolved around long body trim and brake lines.
Solution: Western Pacific designed units that stacked in depth and were left open in the rear. By the use of corner gussets on the shelves, as opposed to x-braces, the twelve foot deep units could accommodate the long parts.
Benefits: With dividers creating bins in the shelving, the elongated parts fit into them perfectly. Each compartment is easily identifiable from the front, and parts can be effortlessly pulled back out again. The parts remained clean, undamaged, and efficiently organized.
Automotive Parts Warehouse, RiveTier
Client: A Southern Automotive Parts Distributor
Problem: The parts department supported all of the technicians responsible for servicing up to eighty cars each day. An increase in inventory was necessary, in spite of a lack of room for expansion. A better workflow scheme was crucial.
Solution: A RiveTier solution combined high density shelving for numerous small, fast-moving parts, such as brake pads, bulbs, and thermostats, a vertical storage tower for heavier and less frequently used parts like axles, instrument clusters, and trim pieces, and a new multilevel system to store bulky items such as fenders, doors, windshields, and transmissions.
Benefits: RiveTier helped make the dealership’s automotive technicians 40% more efficient.
Manufacturing Warehouse, Deluxe
Client: A Southeast Assembly Plant
Problem: New storage requirements were initiated by an expansion of electronic component facilities to meet new demands. The company had to decide whether or not they would have to construct a new building to accommodate the new storage requirements, or renovate their original warehouse to house the new arrangement.
Solution: Western Pacific solved the facility’s problems by installing Bin Unit shelving in the consolidated central warehouse to maximize the space, while at the same time keeping it organized and easily accessible.
Benefits: By avoiding new construction, they sidestepped costs estimated between $500,000-$750,000. They also experienced benefits of better inventory control, more efficient use of the available storage space, reduced employee travel time, and elimination of obsolete inventory.
Automotive Parts Warehouse, QuikPik
Client: A Northwestern Automotive Parts Distributor
Problem: Worker productivity was going down. Shipping mistakes were going up. Hidden costs in labor and restocking were eating into profits. Pickers were wasting about 60% of their time walking and searching for tools and parts.
Solution: QuikPik and gravity flow was installed, allowing pickers to spend about 85% of their time doing productive work. By decreasing the walking distance between items being picked and the time spent looking for them, workers could concentrate on the job at hand, not wasting time walking back and forth.
Benefits: Because frontage per item is greatly reduced, restocking and picking can be done much faster. One person can now do the work of three or four.
Retail Automotive Service Department, RiveTier
Client: An Eastern Automotive Dealership
Problem: Large fixtures and tooling were either stored in pallet racking or out on the floor of the factory. Since pallet racking cannot be rearranged to accommodate size changes for the tooling and fixtures being stored, this dealership was facing major productivity issues.
Solution: RiveTier Long Span Shelving was installed to store large parts and fixtures, keeping them organized and easily accessible.
Benefits: Productivity is at an all time high, thanks to the new system. Faster completion times contribute to greater efficiency.
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