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HiMAX technology is proving a disruptive influence on intralogistics planning

HiMAX technology is proving a disruptive influence on intralogistics planning

Narrow Aisle Ltd has announced a significant increase in global sales of its Flexi HiMAX, high bay articulated warehouse truck technology-based intralogistics solution.

Developed for use in high bay warehouses where fast throughput capability and narrow aisle storage density are required, the HiMAX allows pallet loads to be stacked between 12 and 15 metres high without the need for aisle-guidance systems or ‘super flat’ floors.

Over the last 12 months the volume of HiMAX installations have doubled in the UK and grown even more significantly across a number of key international markets.

Narrow Aisle Ltd has announced a significant increase in global sales of its Flexi HiMAX, high bay articulated warehouse truck technology-based intralogistics solution.

Developed for use in high bay warehouses where fast throughput capability and narrow aisle storage density are required, the HiMAX allows pallet loads to be stacked between 12 and 15 metres high without the need for aisle-guidance systems or ‘super flat’ floors.

Over the last 12 months the volume of HiMAX installations have doubled in the UK and grown even more significantly across a number of key international markets.

“The HiMAX is now seen as an ideal alternative to traditional man-up VNA trucks and rail guided crane systems, especially in the third party and fulfillment logistic sector.” says John Maguire, Commercial Director of Narrow Aisle Ltd.

“The man-up VNA truck has been a feature of warehouse operations for nearly four decades but, it is increasingly recognized that it is not cost effective to elevate the warehouse worker to the goods for applications where full pallet loads are being picked,” he continues.

The HiMAX system is quick and cost effective to install and throughput speeds are equivalent or superior to comparable VNA technology, while operators find the HiMAX safe and straightforward to work with, especially now many complementary so called ‘cobotic’ systems are available to aid the operator such as laser height selectors, CCTV systems and aisle sensing systems.

John Maguire adds: “Warehouse operators are increasingly looking for handling solutions for their high bay stores that are faster to plan and implement in existing high bay buildings than traditional man-up VNA or expensive crane technology and the HiMAX ticks all their boxes.

He continues: “’Disruptive technology’ is a phrase that gets banded around a lot in the Tech sector these days. But true disruption is difficult to define. For me, disruption in a business sense means you have set an agenda that other people have to follow.

“There is no doubt that the HiMAX range of articulated lift truck solutions is having a ‘disruptive’ effect on the way today’s intralogistics processes are planned and its popularity is certainly disrupting the stacker crane and man-up VNA industry at this moment.”

 

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Online shopping boom fuels Narrow Aisle growth

Online shopping boom fuels Narrow Aisle growth

Narrow Aisle Ltd, manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks and other intralogistics solutions, is on target to achieve a year-on-year global sales uplift of over 20% across its range in 2017.

The company attributes the significant increase to growing sales in the Asian and American markets and the success of the Flexi StorMAX AC high-density storage system, which Narrow Aisle introduced in late 2015.

The StorMAX AC system offers customers the ability to maximise the cube by delivering a net 50% increase in pallets stored compared to storage systems served by traditional reach trucks. According to Narrow Aisle’s commercial director, John Maguire, sites that have been reconfigured around the Flexi StorMAX system have achieved overall project payback in less than 12 months.

“The StorMAX system is particularly appealing to companies with growing online sales that need to adapt their existing pallet stores in order to create space for activities such as pick and pack, returns management and other fulfilment-based processes,” says Maguire.

Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, Maguire flags “a number of fresh and exciting developments in the pipeline”.

According to Statista, retail e-commerce sales worldwide in 2016 amounted to USD1.86 trillion and e-retail revenues are projected to grow to USD4.48 trillion in 2021.

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Narrow Aisle Ltd ISO 9001 Accreditation

Narrow Aisle Ltd, manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions, has had its ISO 9001 Accreditation renewed for the 22nd year in succession.

John Maguire, Narrow Aisle’s commercial director, commented: “Narrow Aisle first achieved ISO 9001 status back in 1995 and has successfully applied to have the accreditation renewed ever since.

“ISO 9001 recognition not only shows that all aspects of our business comply with best practice standards that are acknowledged the world over, but also clearly demonstrates Narrow Aisle’s ability to consistently provide products and services that meet essential customer and regulatory requirements. It is invaluable to our operation – particularly when it comes to tendering for contracts with larger companies and overseas customers.”

He added: “Our commitment to quality throughout our manufacturing supply chain is further underlined by the fact that – like the leading brands in the sector – we only specify components from respected ‘Tier One’ suppliers. As well as helping to ensure that our supply chain is lean and efficient, this approach also gives Flexi users the comfort of knowing that only top quality original parts are used in all our build process.

“The combination of the top quality componentry that we use and our ISO 9001 Accreditation means Flexi is a brand that people can trust.”

 

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Crown Paints opt for Flexi articulated truck technology

Crown Paints has invested in a fleet of seven articulated very narrow aisle (VNA) forklift trucks from Narrow Aisle Ltd’s Flexi range for operation at its production facility in Hull.

Narrow Aisle also provided Crown with an integrated battery power management system which not only reduces energy consumption, but also maximises truck uptime by eliminating on-truck battery charging.

The Flexi’s environmental performance was a particularly significant factor in Crown’s decision to award the multi-truck deal to Narrow Aisle as Crown is committed to reducing its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 as part of its blueprint for greener manufacturing.

John Maguire, Narrow Aisle Ltd’s commercial director, said: “As a leader in the UK decorative coatings market, Crown seeks to continuously improve its manufacturing and operational efficiencies, and the decision to invest in Flexi articulated truck technology is part of that commitment.”

Crown’s new integrated Flexi fleet has been provided on a contract and service level agreement that includes all planned maintenance, safety inspections and repairs in one fixed monthly charge.

Crown Paints has been located in Hull for more than 200 years, and manufactures over half of its products at the plant.

 

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Oct 15, 2015

ForkliftAction.com article announces Warehouse One chooses Flexi.

Jun 11, 2015

ForkLiftAction.com article celebrates 25th anniversary of Flexi.

Apr 09, 2015

MHEDA article features Narrow Aisle working with Carolina Material Handling Services.

Dec 24, 2014

The Flexi will be on display at both of the premier material handling, supply chain, and logistics exhibitions in the US in 2015.  Please come meet us and see the Flexi at the ProMat 2015 Show in Chicago, March 23-27 (booth # 972), and again at the MHEDA Convention in San Antonio April 18-23 (Exhibitors Showcase booth # 110).

Mar. 17, 2014

The new full range Flexi AC powered product line is introduced at the MODEX show in Atlanta, GA. A meeting of Flexi dealers was held in conjunction with the show with dealers in attendance from all over the Americas. The new AC trucks were well received by all and orders were accepted for multiple units at the show.