Established for over 30 years, ASM Auto Recycling is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most modern and professional vehicle salvage agents and parts recyclers. They currently process over 25,000 vehicles every year and the growth of their business has resulted in a new site being opened in Aylesbury.

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

Background & Brief

ASM contacted Locators Storage Systems to make a proposal for a cantilever racking system to maximise the storage capacity of vehicles awaiting processing. Previously, ASM had used counterbalance forklifts to move vehicles on other sites, but the aisle width required for counterbalance truck operation does reduce overall site capacity.

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

Solution

Locators supply both storage systems and all types of forklift trucks and are able to design storage systems so they work seamlessly with their materials handling equipment. Locators proposed using a rail-guided Combilift C4000 multi-directional forklift within aisles of just 3220mm wide, providing storage for 432 vehicles. This significantly improved the storage density when compared with the 6400mm aisle width required for the operation of a counterbalance forklift.

Cantilever Racking

Open-fronted, cantilever racking overcomes problems associated with storing long loads on standard racking. Cantilever racking can be loaded with products of any length and it can also be decked to make then suitable for storage of almost any product.

“We were very impressed with the design proposal from Locators as they achieved a storage density much greater than we had hoped for. They have installed a high quality, British and CE standard, cantilever racking system with adjustable arm positions and additional capacity which will be useful if vehicles continue to become heavier and taller in the future. We do believe they have future-proofed our needs.”

Chris Morgan

Director, ASM Auto Recycling

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

Phase Two - Solution

To further increase capacity, Locators were asked to complete a second phase for storage of an additional 300 vehicles.

Following a review of the successful completion of the Aylesbury site, Locators were then asked to carry out a survey on ASM’s existing Thame site. It was calculated that the Thame site could have the capacity to store in excess of 1000 vehicles in an area that was being used to store around 560. Locators’ proposal was accepted and the project involved relocating existing 4-high racking and installing new 8 metre / 5-high racks using the same 3220mm aisle width. A guided Combilift C5000 was specified for this application to provide extra capacity and a greater lift height required for the installation.

C Series 4000 Deutz

Available in a range of lifting capacities and height capabilities, ideal for long loads.

Load Capacity

2.5-25.0 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

N/A 

C Series C5000 XL

Available in a range of lifting capacities and height capabilities, ideal for long loads.

Load Capacity

2.5-25.0 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

N/A 

“We are very pleased with the productivity and efficiency gains we have made at our sites. Locators have enabled us to achieve much more without the need to purchase additional land and this has a very significant cost benefit for us.”

Chris Morgan

Director, ASM Auto Recycling