Belfast-based global shipping and storage company, Relocation Logistics, has become the latest industrious enterprise to meet its growing business needs with the purchase of a Thorworld Industries purpose-modified yard ramp.
Relocation Logistics, a company which was formed in 1994 as a household removal firm, has evolved with the times and its clients' business needs, by expanding its services to include the shipping and handling of wind turbine component parts and timber materials.
With regular separate shipments arriving from various global destinations, effective organisation and loading bay safety are key priorities for Relocation Logistics. The large parts it imports are often shipped on to trade clients and assembly plants, or alternatively stored, increasing task and logistics for the busy shipping firm.
Dissatisfied with its existing rented ramp, positioned within its loading bay, <<position>> Jeff Doran visualised a yard ramp concept that could significantly improve safety and function. He explains:
"The ramp we had on hire was far from ideal, in terms of design and quality. We felt that rather than paying a monthly fee to rent a piece of equipment that had become antiquated, we could source a firm capable of manufacturing a bespoke yard ramp - one with the capacity to better handle the large materials we ship and store, and designed to ensure our operatives remained safe at all times."
Jeff began an internet based research project, and found that Thorworld Industries had the expertise to customise mobile yard ramps and create loading bay solutions that met specific loading needs.
"As many of the imported materials we handle are long and large, such as timber products and the blades and main engine drives for wind turbines, we needed an piece of equipment that would facilitate our fork lift trucks more safely, and speed up the loading and unload process – particularly as our business has become more productive in recent years," explains Jeff.
"I spoke to Ian Langan, Thorworld's technical director, and described a loading ramp design I believed could improve our business function. He seemed confident that he and the team could design and manufacture my concept of a bespoke ramp with castellated sides, which would allow our operatives to unload long items from the side of the ramp."
Jeff feels his concept was successful interpreted by Thorworld, and he is extremely pleased with the finished and functioning result. The yard ramp has also been finished in bright orange offering superb visibility - another major safety factor.
Ian Langan, technical and engineering director at Thorworld, explains, "It's never been more important to consider safety as a primary focus in the loading bay.
"With the logistics industry busier than ever, and increasingly operating on a 24/7 time schedule, poor light and weather conditions must be accounted for, and measures taken to equip loading bays accordingly.
"Relocation Logistics' orange yard ramp is an ideal solution to meet the needs of a company with an increasingly busy loading bay, and an eye for expansion to match."
In conclusion Jeff Doran says: "Arranging shipment of the finished ramp to Belfast was straight forward and operatives are delighted with kit. I feel it has equipped my team to perform tasks more effectively, productively and most importantly, safely. And since putting the equipment to use, we haven't looked back."