Construx started using its LM logic D-12 (12 metres) in May 2020, with the LM logic D-6 (6 metres) following one month later. In both cases it purchased a special variant. The 12-metre storage rack was the first logic D-12. “A double variant with a total of 19 drawers.”
At the time the D-6 had a standard load-carrying capacity of 3 tonnes per drawer. “But we have one with 36 drawers, each capable of holding 5 tonnes of material. With longitudinal unloading from the end of the machine.
“We take on reasonably big projects with short lead times. For that reason we need to keep lots of material in stock. The D-6 has now pretty much been filled with all the stock we had lying around in the sawshop: round, flat and L profiles. And the D-12, which we use to store large profiles for the tube laser cutter, is also chock-full at present.”
Besides saving space, the storage racks are also helping Construx save time: “Compared to an ordinary rack it’s a different way of working. It’s much more convenient. We have a better overview and no longer have to search through racks. However, it’s important to ensure the items that you take out or put back are properly logged. To begin with, this took a bit of getting used to, but now it’s working well. We have now designated one person who is responsible for getting everything ready. That means other employees no longer have to go searching for the pieces they need.”
The logging options also allow Construx to allocate material to projects, Dhoore continues: “We will soon be getting a software update that will enable us to link stock records to projects. That will give us an even greater overview when it comes to purchasing and planning.”
The long materials storage racks were purchased via De Tollenaere, aalbers|farina’s sales partner in Belgium. “We had already had good experiences with them, when acquiring different sawing machines and other equipment. We are extremely satisfied with their service.” Dhoore is also happy with the service provided by aalbers|farina. “A storage rack like this is a machine at the end of the day. And machines sometimes go wrong. But if there’s a problem, we can always get in touch by phone or email. They then log in via remote access to take a look and the issue is quickly resolved.”