As a main sub-contractor to huge Anglo-French concern, Alstom we were contracted to design, manufacture and install conveyor and sortation plant support structures at a major new international hub of Parcelforce Worldwide, the parcels division of the British Post Office.
Our 3.7m high structures include two main induction conveyor support mezzanines, each approximately 40m x 25m, designed to accommodate the return loops of the sorter conveyors. Linking them, an L-shaped structure, almost 140 metres long, supports the sorter. Access walkways, running the whole length of the structure allow ease of inspection and maintenance of the sortation plant. Maintenance platforms were also constructed.
Our contract also included designing and installing a number of 1.5m high lower level platforms, designed as work stations for conveyor fed incoming parcels.
Today's distribution centres are based on a network of conveyors and sortation equipment, and it's essential that operatives are able to reach all areas safely. As a result, safety is one of our key considerations when designing and installing our mezzanines.
Our Parcelforce brief included the supply and installation of a number of 'step-overs' - small bridges that ensure that personnel do not have to climb over conveyors, risking their own safety and damage to goods and plant - and we in-filled hand railings with mesh panels designed to restrict the risk of goods accidentally falling to ground level.
The project was handed-over by us to our trade partner on time, enablingAlstom to complete the installation of the conveyor and sortation system to the agreed schedule to the delight of Parcelforce Worldwide.
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