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Case Study: OKI Europe Ltd.

Turnkey solution - Materials Handling and Specialist Racking


The Client

OKI Europe is a division of OKI Data Corporation, a global business-to-business organisation dedicated to creating professional in-house printed communications products, applications and services which are designed to increase the efficiency of today’s and tomorrow’s businesses.


The company is well-established as one of Europe’s leading printer brands, in terms of value and units shipped. Established in 1990, today OKI Europe employs approximately 1,100 people in 21 locations (sales offices and production sites) and is represented in 60 countries throughout the EMEA region. OKI Data Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based OKI Electric Industry Co. Ltd., established in 1881 and Japan’s first telecommunications manufacturer.


The Brief

To increase the pallet capacity from 5,000 pallets to 14,000 pallets. OKI’s European Manufacturing Facility based in Cumbernauld, Scotland, consists of two warehouses, OKI 1 and OKI 2 -- stock is manufactured in OKI 1 and OKI 2 is used for bulk storage and a pick and pack operation, replenished by OKI 1, for demand within the UK and Ireland. OKI 1 warehouse capacity is 5,000 pallets, consisting of a mixture of bulk and racked locations and OKI 2 has a capacity of 8,000 pallets, which is predominantly bulk storage. As the warehouses require third-party carrier involvement to transport stock from one warehouse to another, a CAPEX to increase the capacity of OKI 1 by 10,500 pallets to 14,500 pallet locations and removing the stock from OKI 2 was approved. Once complete OKI 2 would no longer be required and could be leased out to a third party contractor.


The Solution

D.A.B. handling as a turnkey provider chose a leading racking supplier in Link 51 to partner them in the design and build of drive-in racking to facilitate the increased capacity by providing a high-density, space-efficient solution. Increasing the pallet storage capacity in OKI 1 and negating the need to transport stock from one warehouse to another, together with sub-letting the OKI 2 warehouse, would result in increased operational efficiencies and a significant ROI year on year, manifesting in a payback on the racking solution installed within the first 9 months. In conjunction with OKI’s logistics team, D.A.B. conducted an initial survey and prepared the necessary CAD drawings for the installation. In a three-phase operation designed to minimise disruption, six blocks of drive-in racking were installed to store 7,056 euro pallets (1200 x 800), to a height of 6 pallets. The concept of drive-in racking is where pallets are stored on runners in the depth of the racking and trucks enter to deposit or retrieve loads.

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