akkerman konstruktiebedrijf: ‘we now have more storage options and have reduced the number of forklift movements'

Has a: Compact sheet metal storage rack
Since: September 2020
Interview with: owner and director Henk Akkerman

Akkerman Konstruktiebedrijf (13 employees), which started out in 1948 as a forge, is a true family business. In Henk Akkerman it is now being run by the third generation of the family. Over the years the Staphorst-based company has focused mainly on manufacturing and erecting steel structures for factory halls, stables and barns.

Since September 2020 the company has been using a Compact sheet metal storage rack. “We wanted to create more storage options”, Akkerman explains. “So we started searching the internet and came across this solution.” 

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more storage options, fewer forklift movements

And is he enthusiastic about the new purchase? “Yes, I have been from the outset. Previously, we had a rack with 10 containers and this one has 25 drawers. That means we now have many more storage options, but have also greatly reduced the number of forklift movements. When we had our own rack, we had to take the containers out each time using a forklift. Now we do everything with the vacuum lifter on the rack and no longer need the forklift. It’s much more efficient.”

conscious choice 

It was a conscious choice to opt for the ‘Compact’ model, Akkerman explains: “The price was better and, in principle, with 25 drawers we have plenty of capacity, including scope for the future. In the construction sector we mainly use large sheets, in particular with qualities S355 and S235. We also work with steel only, so not with stainless steel or aluminium. A compact storage rack like this is therefore ideal. The high load-carrying capacity of each drawer means we can place complete packs inside.” 

long materials storage rack on the wishlist

“We are working more efficiently than before, are saving space and no longer need the forklift for sheet metal,” says Akkerman, summing up the benefits of the sheet metal storage rack. “Only our long materials are now kept on a traditional rack. So, yes, a long materials storage rack is certainly on our wishlist for the future.”

“This model had a better price and with 25 drawers we have plenty of capacity as a construction company.”

-  Henk Akkerman, owner and director  Akkerman konstruktiebedrijf

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