Category: Latest Installation
Barpro Storage – Customer service guaranteed
Barpro Storage has proudly laid claim to be the pioneers of the Storax mobile system in Southern Africa, with our first installation being completed over 25 years ago. The advantage that Barpro has is that after 25 years in the business, and with over 280 installations to look after, we have built up the infrastructure necessary to support our customers, from Namibia to KZN, from Cape Town to Mauritius, with technicians travelling the whole region, and all spares – even complete systems – being locally manufactured. We are proud of our customer base. One such company is Sparta Foods in Welkom, leading suppliers of top quality beef and other frozen products in the Free State.
Four years ago, Barpro Storage was offered the opportunity to install a Storax mobile racking system which provides fully accessible storage for well over 2000 tonnes of product. Barpro Storage was also involved with the training of Sparta’s staff in the operation of the system and has supplied Delf freezer wear to keep operators warm and productive while working in this hostile environment.
Recommendation:” I am highly satisfied with the professional manner that Barpro Storage handled the entire project. I will surely recommend them to anyone who requires such a system.”
Gearing up for growth – Mega Chicks invests in a New Mobile racked Freezer Store
Barpro Storage conducted an interview with Mega Chicks after the completion of their new Mobile Racked Cold Store Facility in Johannesburg.
Background of Mega Chicks
Mega Chicks is a Family run business that started from humble beginnings in the early-80’s out of Lenasia in Southern Johannesburg. Now, in its 2nd generation, Mega Chicks has their own retail outlets which supplies high-quality Halaal Chicken & Frozen Foods to Wholesalers, Retailers & Informal Restaurants across South Africa.
Q1: Tell us about your new facility? What was the reason for making this fairly large investment in a Mobile Racked Freezer Holding Store?
Due to our focus on efficiency, we have seen growth in the past 5 years in our business We identified the need to increase our stockholding & create a buffer to serve our customers better during peak times.
Q2: What made you chose mobile racking as opposed to any other racking system?
Space is at a premium in our facility, so after careful assessment of all options, we decided on a high density ‘Mobile racked’ Cold Store facility. We wanted to maximise the amount of pallets we could store in the limited space available. It allowed access to every pallet. Accessibility was critical as we have a wide range of ever-changing products.
We also considered the potential saving on power that mobiles offer due to more product & less open space in the freezer cube & when calculating the payback period this solution offered potentially quick paybacks on our investment.
Q3: Was the installation of the Mobile racking satisfactory?
We had the right professionals around us who knew what they were doing. Step by step we managed the complete project in stages. Everything went according to plan & when we deviated good communication & teamwork got us on track.
Q4: Were you happy with the service you received from Barpro?
We were very happy with Barpro as everything was attended to. I must commend Corne Stapelberg the Barpro Joburg GM & Project Manager for going the extra mile. He offered advice & support over & above the mobile racking. Projects like this can be stressful & having the right people advising you & helping make decisions is key. Thank you, Corne.
Q5: How will the mobile racking & cold store facility help you to service your customers moving forward?
The additional stock on hand & buffer storage will definitely help us to avoid missing opportunities top supply our customers & improve our service.
Barpro Storage wish to thank Mega Chicks for the feedback & information. We look forward to working with you to maintain & keep the mobiles & racking in good working condition & on track.
Second Phase of a Walvis Bay Freezer Store completed
Picture taken after shortly after the store was brought down to -20 degrees Celsius
Five years ago a major trawling and fish processing operation in Walvis Bay decided to invest in their own freezer store rather than rely on costly third-party storage as they’d be using until then.
The requirement started off needing only approximately 500 pallet positions in a fairly small facility, but as the project developed through the planning stages, and the customer came to realise just how space-efficient mobile racking was, the requirement grew to a minimum of 1500 pallets. With the use of Storax mobile racking it proved possible to achieve in excess of this number in a freezer of only 720 sq. metres, and with every pallet being individually accessible.
Having started planning early in 2012 through into 2013, by the end of that year installation had commenced, and final handover and commissioning was completed in early 2014.
However, it was only a year later that the customer realised that he had been far too conservative in his estimates, and as the company developed the need arose to construct a further facility for yet another 3000 pallets.
Serious planning started in 2015, and by the end of that year the new freezer was finalised at approximately 1250 sq. metres accommodating well over 3000 pallet in Storax mobile racking.
Despite various construction and project delays the new facility was completed during the following year, and the racking system installed at the beginning of 2017 with commissioning before mid-year.
Pictured left: View at end of mobile, showing control panel for individual controls, sensor for remote RF control, the timber bumper we install to protect the end of the mobile from FLT impacts, and the pallet support bars (yellow) recommended where pallet quality is questionable.
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