A new era in rack safety
Following a site survey and more detailed discussions with Ancliff and his team about their requirements, A-SAFE installed the RackEye system in the Vaillant warehouse. In the eight months it has been operational, the team in Belper has already seen significant benefits, “We’ve seen a 75 percent reduction in impacts across the legs where we’ve been trialing it,” Ancliff says.
The data from RackEye has helped Vaillant to make improvements within the warehouse, as well as address layout problems and racking issues, “We’re getting really good data from the KPI reporting; we get regular alerts through the SMS messages. If problematic areas arise, we’re doing something about it.” Ancliff recalls that early on in the project, RackEye was regularly reporting impacts on a certain rack. He flagged the issue with his team, who informed him of a long-term problem with some damaged mesh decking on a shelf that kept catching. The decking was subsequently replaced, and the problem never occurred again, “Without RackEye, I don’t think we would have picked up on that.”
Part of the daily routine
According to Ancliff, members of his team have embraced the RackEye system and made it part of their daily routine, “By getting them involved early and making them aware of it from day one, they have really taken ownership of it. They really understand the benefits of the system.” Besides identifying issues within the warehouse, individuals within the team are using the monthly KPI reporting to identify areas where they can improve their own performance.
Changing driver behavior
Another benefit has been a general change in driver behavior since RackEye was installed. Drivers know that the instant an impact is detected on the rack, an alert will be triggered, and the data will show precisely where and when it occurred. The sensor units fitted to rack legs also serve as a visual reminder to take greater care, “It’s very interesting now if you walk in in the morning and an alert has gone off,” says Ancliff. “The team are now coming in and saying, ‘Have you had a RackEye alert? Because it was me.’”