Industrial security range from Leda-Vannaclip

Specilist Leda-Vannaclip has turned its attention to assisting Australian industry, government utilities, hospitals and tertiary institutions to install improved perimeter security and access control solutions.

New lighter duty Cantilever, Swing and Track sliding gates are just part of the company’s new industrial range.

Also included is Leda-Vannaclip’s high speed Bi-Fold gates that were the star attraction when launched at the recent ASIAL Security exhibition in Sydney.

While security is always a major issue, growing Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations are placing the onus on owners and managers to restrict access to all or part of their sites and complexes.

Leda-Vannaclip has the products either in stand alone or complete access control systems that can be incorporated into your property or project.

Where standardised products are not available Leda-Vannaclip’s engineers will design and engineer a customised solution.

Leda-Vannaclip is Australia’s leading specialist in Perimeter Security Solutions and traffic control systems – comprising gates, bollards, tyre spikes, road blockers, turnstiles, barriers, bicycle security and parking protection.

For details and or specifications on any of Leda-Vannaclip’s industrial products please visit the comprehensive website www.l-v.com.au or contact your closest sales office on 1300 780 450

Mitre 10 grows its footprint

Mitre 10, the largest independently owned hardware chain in Australasia, will install new state-of-the-art order fulfilment systems for distribution centres in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Mitre 10 has been providing millions of Australian and New Zealand homeowners and tradespeople with DIY and hardware solutions for more than 40 years.

According to Jon Herbert, group general manager supply chain and logistics for Mitre 10, the announcement is the culmination of a two-year process during which the company completely reviewed the management of its supply chain.

“We carried out a strategic review of our supply chain activities and examined ways in which we could extract greater efficiencies for the business as well as cope with the projected growth of the company,” he says.

“It became apparent that a rationalisation of our warehousing activities was required and that we would benefit from economies of scale provided by facilities with much larger footprints.”

Mitre 10 acquired a warehouse facility in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge, which was already fitted with a bulk storage area, while in Melbourne it is constructing a purpose-built facility.

Each warehouse has a floor area of approximately 25,000 sq m. “Once we’d made the decisions on the premises we then examined the technologies that would best suit our requirements,” Herbert says.

“We’ve contracted Dematic to install a range of technologies at both facilities,” Herbert says.

“Although the Brisbane facility has a pallet rack system it has required Dematic to install a mezzanine floor, conveyor and sortation system, as well as integrating picking technologies using Radio Frequency (RF) that will be be upgraded to Voice Picking (VP) technology at a later stage.”

The RF and VP technologies will be managed by Dematic’s PickDIRECTOR, which will interface with Mitre 10’s warehouse management system.

The same software systems will feature in both warehouses. Melbourne being a new facility, Dematic will be responsible for the complete fit out including the pallet racking.

“We are confident that the Dematic solution will enable Mitre 10 to greatly enhance supply chain efficiencies and the technologies involved will serve us well into the future,” Herbert says.

NSW peak trucking body launched

ATA NSW, the new state membership organisation for NSW road freight operators has been officially launched at a function in Sydney.

A who’s who of the NSW road transport industry gathered at the Volvo Truck & Bus Showroom Chullora to hear more about their new industry body and celebrate the launch.

The launch follows the conception and development of ATA NSW over recent months by a group of NSW based operators in partnership with the industry’s peak national body, the Australian Trucking Association.

Chairman of the ATA NSW Interim Policy Council, Frank Johnston, says the new organisation would be a strong united voice in achieving a safer and more productive NSW road transport industry.

Special guest, Shadow Minister for Police, Industrial Relations and the Hunter, Mike Gallacher, commended the industry’s record of safety improvement and highlighted the important role of ATA NSW in leading further united industry change.

In his address, Mr Johnston noted that the core services of the organisation, including government representation, workplace relations helpline, industry news, operator workshops and daily member services were well underway, and that there was more to come.

“ATA NSW is already off to a very strong start, and we have a big remainder of 2007 to come as we continue to expand our offering to members,” he sais.

In an exciting addition to the launch, Johnston announced a new fuel offer for ATA NSW members under a partnership with leading industry fuel supplier, BP Australia.

Under the offer, ATA NSW members can gain a five cent per litre discount on diesel pump prices at BP truckstops and key diesel sites, and a three cent per litre discount on diesel pump prices at all other BP sites across their Australian network.

BP was joined by fellow ATA Foundation Sponsors National Transport Insurance and launch sponsor, Volvo Trucks, all of whom have put their support behind the new state peak body.

ATA NSW Manager, Hugh McMaster, addressed the many challenges the industry was facing, particularly in access and business regulatory issues, and the lead role ATA NSW would adopt to improve practical and focused industry outcomes. In concluding his address, Mr Johnston called for operators to stand united as part of ATA NSW.

“I can only urge you to get involved — its your industry and your ATA NSW,” he said.

Further details about a range of member offerings are due for release over the coming months.

World’s first Drive-In Rack system from Dematic

After groundbreaking research and development, the structural design team at Dematic has created a new Drive-In Rack system.

According to Dematic, the new Drive-In system is the lowest cost solution for high density storage on the market and the new design has been optimised by using stronger and bigger components, but less of them.

The Drive In Rack is the lowest cost and most popular form of high density pallet storage. While providing excellent storage capacity, Drive In Racking does restrict access, with the first pallet in, being the last pallet out. Drive In Racking is ideal for many industry sectors including General Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing and the Cold Storage Industry.

To better understand the design process and the features and benefits of the new system, we sat done with two members of the team.

According to Dr. Murray Clarke, Structural Design Manager, the challenge for the design team was to examine ways of improving the structural efficiency of the system and standardising the component designs and manufacturing processes whilst not compromising on load capacity or safety.

“Four years ago we sat down with a blank piece of paper and an overarching philosophy to make our Colby Drive-In system bigger, better and stronger whilst reducing the number of components to ensure it remained cost competitive,” Clarke says.

“We examined the key components and looked at ways of simplifying their design and manufacture, as well as installation. We started with the uprights, which were previously available in 90mm and 110mm configurations, and increased these to 125mm and 150mm in width.”

“This has enabled us to reduce the number of uprights, cantilever brackets and beams in a system; at the same time the components we have developed have application in other areas such as mezzanine floors and high rise racking” he says.

Probably the most innovative element of the new system is the new and patented Pallet Runner. Dr. Paul Berry, Senior Structural Engineer, says the new Pallet Runner is the result of extensive theoretical analysis, supported by prototype testing, to optimise the design.

“We spent many hours examining the shape and configuration of the Pallet Runner and we are confident we have designed the most advanced Pallet Runner in the world,” Berry says.

“The new patented design is capable of large spans, easily managing spans of 2400mm, and it minimises the vertical deflection and virtually eliminates horizontal deflection and twist.

Also the Pallet Runner is bolted from underneath, avoiding any catchpoints, and has holes punched at 50mm intervals providing greater flexibility in frame depth,” he says. T

he new system also includes innovative, one piece, formed Cantilever Brackets that wrap securely around the upright ensuring negligible rotation under load. T

he streamlined Protect-a-Rack wraps around the base of the upright with the angled profile deflecting impacts and the streamlined design maximising clear bay entry.

Heavy duty bracing connects symmetrically to the upright which increases the strength and load-carrying capacity whilst reducing the amount of bracing needed.

A Backstop is positioned at the end of the pallet runner to prevent pallets being pushed too far into the depth of the rack, eliminating potential damage to spine bracing and further increasing safety. Heavy duty, purpose designed floor channels help guide the forklift ensuring quick and easy alignment, safer handling and greater protection of the rack.

“The inherent flexibility within the system’s design makes it modular and capable of accommodating most customer requirements, including custom pallets,” says Paul Berry.

“For example, we’ve had great success in the cold storage industry where pallet density is the key issue and we’ve had to construct the Colby Drive-In around cooling fans. It hasn’t been a problem, and because everything is so modular we are able to provide faster installation times.”

An additional tool developed by the Dematic team is the sophisticated design software program “Rackman”, short for Rack Manager.

“The “Rackman” program provides Dematic and the Colby distributor network with a very valuable tool and a marked competitive advantage,” says Murray Clarke.

“By entering the customers requirements we are able to configure the best and most cost effective storage solution. “Rackman” configures the system and carries out advanced structural calculations to ensure it is compliant with design standards.”

“The customer can tweak the design and change the height and weight of pallets and the program will check the design and calculate the required floor loading. Finally, the cost of the storage system is calculated, all in a matter of a few minutes. This would have taken hours not so long ago,” he says.

“The market has responded in a positive manner to the new Colby Drive-In rack and we already have a number of happy customers in a range of installations, across a number of industries,” saysClarke.

“As part of our research and development of this new product, we examined a number of competitive products and are confident that, right now, this is the most advanced Drive-In Rack system in the world.”

World's first Drive-In Rack system from Dematic

After groundbreaking research and development, the structural design team at Dematic has created a new Drive-In Rack system.

According to Dematic, the new Drive-In system is the lowest cost solution for high density storage on the market and the new design has been optimised by using stronger and bigger components, but less of them.

The Drive In Rack is the lowest cost and most popular form of high density pallet storage. While providing excellent storage capacity, Drive In Racking does restrict access, with the first pallet in, being the last pallet out. Drive In Racking is ideal for many industry sectors including General Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing and the Cold Storage Industry.

To better understand the design process and the features and benefits of the new system, we sat done with two members of the team.

According to Dr. Murray Clarke, Structural Design Manager, the challenge for the design team was to examine ways of improving the structural efficiency of the system and standardising the component designs and manufacturing processes whilst not compromising on load capacity or safety.

“Four years ago we sat down with a blank piece of paper and an overarching philosophy to make our Colby Drive-In system bigger, better and stronger whilst reducing the number of components to ensure it remained cost competitive,” Clarke says.

“We examined the key components and looked at ways of simplifying their design and manufacture, as well as installation. We started with the uprights, which were previously available in 90mm and 110mm configurations, and increased these to 125mm and 150mm in width.”

“This has enabled us to reduce the number of uprights, cantilever brackets and beams in a system; at the same time the components we have developed have application in other areas such as mezzanine floors and high rise racking” he says.

Probably the most innovative element of the new system is the new and patented Pallet Runner. Dr. Paul Berry, Senior Structural Engineer, says the new Pallet Runner is the result of extensive theoretical analysis, supported by prototype testing, to optimise the design.

“We spent many hours examining the shape and configuration of the Pallet Runner and we are confident we have designed the most advanced Pallet Runner in the world,” Berry says.

“The new patented design is capable of large spans, easily managing spans of 2400mm, and it minimises the vertical deflection and virtually eliminates horizontal deflection and twist.

Also the Pallet Runner is bolted from underneath, avoiding any catchpoints, and has holes punched at 50mm intervals providing greater flexibility in frame depth,” he says. T

he new system also includes innovative, one piece, formed Cantilever Brackets that wrap securely around the upright ensuring negligible rotation under load. T

he streamlined Protect-a-Rack wraps around the base of the upright with the angled profile deflecting impacts and the streamlined design maximising clear bay entry.

Heavy duty bracing connects symmetrically to the upright which increases the strength and load-carrying capacity whilst reducing the amount of bracing needed.

A Backstop is positioned at the end of the pallet runner to prevent pallets being pushed too far into the depth of the rack, eliminating potential damage to spine bracing and further increasing safety. Heavy duty, purpose designed floor channels help guide the forklift ensuring quick and easy alignment, safer handling and greater protection of the rack.

“The inherent flexibility within the system’s design makes it modular and capable of accommodating most customer requirements, including custom pallets,” says Paul Berry.

“For example, we’ve had great success in the cold storage industry where pallet density is the key issue and we’ve had to construct the Colby Drive-In around cooling fans. It hasn’t been a problem, and because everything is so modular we are able to provide faster installation times.”

An additional tool developed by the Dematic team is the sophisticated design software program “Rackman”, short for Rack Manager.

“The “Rackman” program provides Dematic and the Colby distributor network with a very valuable tool and a marked competitive advantage,” says Murray Clarke.

“By entering the customers requirements we are able to configure the best and most cost effective storage solution. “Rackman” configures the system and carries out advanced structural calculations to ensure it is compliant with design standards.”

“The customer can tweak the design and change the height and weight of pallets and the program will check the design and calculate the required floor loading. Finally, the cost of the storage system is calculated, all in a matter of a few minutes. This would have taken hours not so long ago,” he says.

“The market has responded in a positive manner to the new Colby Drive-In rack and we already have a number of happy customers in a range of installations, across a number of industries,” saysClarke.

“As part of our research and development of this new product, we examined a number of competitive products and are confident that, right now, this is the most advanced Drive-In Rack system in the world.”

S&OP Conference in Melbourne

This year’s S&OP Conference, to be held in Melbourne on 29 & 30 August, is themed ‘faster and more accurate forecasting through business integration’.

The conference will feature international keynote presenter Mike Bonnici, European Forecasting Development, Heinz (UK).

GRA partner, Carter McNabb, will chair the event, and present on Day 1. His presentation, titled Overtaking the Competition — S&OP at Super Cheap Auto, will give attendees a rare insight into one of Australia’s leading retailers; the challenges they faced and how they used S&OP as part of an overall supply chain management improvement program to gain and maintain a competitive advantage in an already challenging retail environment.

Peter Burgess, GRA Partner, will present Selecting Software Tools for Forecasting on Day 2. His presentation will focus on the importance of selecting the right forecasting tool and reveal tips and advice on the best approach, including a valuable list of “do’s and don’ts”.

GRA representatives will also be at the conference to discuss demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation.

Please feel free to drop by and let us know about your current supply chain management challenges, or just to say hello.

About GRA GRA is an expert consulting firm specialising in demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation. We combine expert knowledge with best-of-breed planning and optimisation systems to take your supply chain to the next level.

Our experience is your experience, and we work side-by-side with our clients to ensure change is successful and benefits are sustainable. Guaranteed results are typically delivered within 8-12 weeks, and we aim for a minimum 3:1 ROI.

3LOGIX on track for accreditation

Leading GPS Tracking solutions provider 3Logix will seek accreditation for the Intelligent Access Program( IAP). The company is in the final stages of internally testing their military grade GPS hardware.

CEO Lyndell McInerney says it is fitting that an Australian developed and designed product should complement an Australian initiative such as the IAP.

“The Intelligent Access Program will be a global leader in the logistics arena for heavy vehicle compliance and we believe it is 3Logix’ responsibility to assist with the success of this important initiative by applying our technical strength and resources,” he says.

McInerney also indicates the inclusion of the IAP application on their popular invehicle and mobility applications, confirming 3Logix’ intention to complement IAP hardware with value added enhanced GPS applications and software.

3Logix’ National Marketing Manager Stephen Walsh recently elaborated on the use of IAP accredited hardware by revealing a low cost entry point for transport providers, including those linked to enhanced GPS & mobility solutions.

“We’re already working with a number of clients and transport providers towards IAP, with and without workforce mobility & extended GPS solutions,” he says.

“Based on our low entry price, we are securing long term clients for a complete rebuild of their GPS and workforce mobility solutions linked to IAP.”

$30 million freight facility opens

Long-haul logistics specialist Northline today unveiled a state-of-the-art warehousing and freight distribution facility in Rosehill, the latest stage in a $60 million project to create a national network of integrated distribution centres.

NSW Small Business Minister Joe Tripodi says Northline, which services a large customer base throughout Australia, has already completed depot developments in Melbourne, Perth and Townsville with Darwin’s new facility presently coming on-line.

“Northline provides long-haul freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin, where the company has international freight forwarding facilities connecting to Asia,” Tripodi says.

“Western Sydney is an economic powerhouse with a rapidly growing economy attracting business from across Australia and the world.”

“The economy of Western Sydney was estimated at $80 billion last year, accounting for 9 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, and 26 per cent of NSW gross state product.”

“This new purpose built facility, located the geographic centre of Sydney, comprises 20,000 square metres of warehouse space and offers drive-through undercover loading docks and dock levellers,” he says.

“I welcome this $30 million development, an important step in completing Northline’s national network, which will help build economic growth here in Western Sydney.”

Northline Chief Operating Officer Phillip Taylor says Northline is a national freight forwarding and warehousing company with 10 in-house managed depots around the country supplemented by a network of agencies.”

“This new Sydney facility is essential to meet demand – the continued expansion further shows our commitment and ability to meet our customers’ growing needs,” he says.

“With booming business growth across NSW, improved logistics facilities are imperative to continue servicing our customers, and coupled with Northline becoming an International Freight Forwarder has resulted in a facility capable of providing not only local and national supply chain solutions, but also meeting import and export requirements for many clients.”

Northline NSW State Manager Geoff Gray says strong business growth was driving demand throughout the State.

“During the past two or three years, we’ve seen a strong increase in freight levels, from both business and geographic sectors,” he says.

“Our new Sydney distribution centre gives us extra capacity, a fully integrated warehousing and freight facility housed under one roof, and the the size and flexibility to meet the requirements of most customers.”

“From Sydney, we can pick and pack it and ship it to them by road or rail. The new facility also supplies demand for Third Party Logistics warehousing, where there is a big demand because of the booming economy.”

“There’s such a shortage of quality warehousing space in Sydney that many companies can’t find anything, so the full-service store-and-forward resource that Northline offers becomes very appealing,” Gray says.

New facilities for Swire Cold Storage

SCS’ commitment to the cold storage and distribution industry continues with the announcement of two new facilities to be built in Melbourne’s west and Perth’s east.

The Victorian facility will be located in the Laverton industrial district in a prize location twenty minutes from Melbourne CBD and close to Melbourne’s main port and transport infrastructure.

Its completion will equip SCS with the most comprehensive geographical coverage of any refrigerated storage 3PL in Melbourne, complementing its other facilities at Lyndhurst, Doveton and Clayton.

The Perth facility will likewise be strategically located at the rail head in Welshpool making it ideally positioned to handle interstate freight.

Both new builds will boast significant annexes to accommodate C-Store cross-dock operations with Perth also finding room to accommodate three new blast freezer units.

The new facilities will comprise of two rooms, each with the capability of operating as chiller or freezer depending on the demand for either service.

Using two-stage ammonia refrigeration plants, the facilities will also be more energy efficient thanks to state of the art air-evaporators which use ambient air for defrosting saving both water and energy.

To minimise SCS’ dependence on town water the two new facilities and all future builds will now come with on site water tanks to capture storm water runoff from the warehouse roofs.

“All of us at Swire Cold Storage are excited about the new developments in Melbourne and Perth,” says Swire Cold Storage CEO Rick Woods.

“We are all working diligently to set this business up for the long term and are delighted with the commitment our shareholders have made to the Australian market.”

Particularly pleasing is the fact that one of our larger customers, Simplot, have already committed to a large proportion of the Laverton facility and will move in immediately upon its completion,” Wodds says.

“Laverton is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2008 with Perth rapidly on its heels due for completion in mid 2008.”

RedPrairie's SmartWay Transport Partnership

RedPrairie is the first supply chain technology company accepted as an Affiliate Member to the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimisation company, is pleased to announce it has been accepted as an Affiliate member of the EPA’s SmartWaySM Transport Partnership.

The Partnership was established to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve the efficiency of ground freight transportation.

RedPrairie, with its innovative E2e™ solutions, will help its clients achieve their fuel and energy conservation goals.

“Every step to increase efficiency throughout your supply chain adds up, and the overall impact can make a dramatic difference—for both the environment and the bottom line,” says Jim Hoefflin, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for RedPrairie.

“We are proud to be a SmartWay Affiliate and share in their commitment to provide strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.”

To obtain a copy of RedPrairie’s, download “Greenlighting Efficiency: 7 Easy Steps to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Today’s Supply Chains.

About Smartway

Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

More information on SmartWay can be found at www.epa.gov/smartway.

About RedPrairie Corporation RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 25,000 sites worldwide for many of the world’s largest companies.

RedPrairie’s E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time.

At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer.

And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the “last 50 metres” problem of the retail supply chain.

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