Monthly Archives: May 2013

Photography Competition

We have asked our employees to shoot dynamic and exciting images of our many sites, equipment or colleagues.

We have some wonderful images of our sites and cannot wait to see the new ones coming in from the team.

With such a wide offering we could have photos of lots of exciting pieces such as high-bay crane systems, spiral conveyors, elaborate pick-to-light systems and of course the innovative Logistex LWS Reflex warehouse management system.

The closing date for the competition is on the 30th June and winners will be announced on our blog shortly afterwards.

To keep you hooked, check out some of our favourite images of our sites.

Long term customer United Biscuits use Logistex to add more value to their operation

United Biscuits, the umbrella brand for household names such as McVitie’s and KP have been using Logistex to implement and maintain automation at their Midland Distribution Centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch for over 20 years.

To this day they continue working with Logistex to continue to improve and develop operations ensure automation gives them on-going value.


The History

The United Biscuits MDC was built in 1992, when Logistex was chosen to provide the initial stage of 11 automated pallet cranes with our unique universal platen to handle GKN pallets on standard APR racking without top hats.

The first highbay at United Biscuits, holding 21,780 pallets, represented Logistex’s first fully integrated highbay. At this time the site was handling 1.3 million pallets per year.

In 1995 Logistex converted a second highbay from manual VNA trucks to automated. Initially three cranes were installed with four more being added in 1999 and a final four in 2001 to form an eleven crane highbay with a 14,036 location capacity giving the site an automated storage capacity of 39,204 pallet locations. The site was then handling 3 million pallets per year, a 130% increase.

Walkthrough2   Walkthrough1

As well as the automated highbays, the site also has traditional VNA areas and mezzanine floors with various packing and display material preparation activities.

Site Overview

  • 24/7 Operation
  • Residential team of five Logistex Engineers and five Logistex Assistant Engineers
  • 22 fully automated 18m high automated pallet machines
  • 1,800m conveyors with 9 lifts and 11 turntables

Logistex and United Biscuits have worked together as a team from the initial project in 1992 and continue to do so.

The most recent project to be taken on by Logistex is Project Topio which will automate the pallet in and out feed to their manual VNA system.

Currently there are two levels, a ground floor and a mezzanine level with a transfer car on each. Fork lift truck drivers carry pallets from the conveyor and place it on the pick and deposit points on the end of the aisles.

Logistex will be installing a conveyor system to carry the pallets and therefore remove the fork lift trucks from the operation.

The project has a demonstrably excellent return on investment.

This is an additional project awarded to Logistex, the most recent project previously being Darwin, that project was delivered on time, to budget and to tight deadlines over the Christmas period and has been hailed as a great success.

Topio is the latest of successful projects- that’s why they keep coming back!


Logistex & Charity: The Extra Mile Challenge

In July 2012 eight Logistex employees took part in the Extra Mile Challenge to raise funds for three different charities that sit close to us as a company.

The Extra Mile Challenge is a sponsored cycle relay through rural France. The challenge is for teams of four to ride this spectacular 500+ mile route in relay. Each cyclist will cover about 45 miles per day, typically in 4 or 5 stages.

Logistex had two teams in 2012 which both completed the course and were able to raise a fantastic £4193 for charity.

This year we have some new faces to the teams and a new charity to support. The route is also different.


Starting in Troyes. the teams head south-west for about 160 miles on the first day’s ride, through mainly forested countryside finishing at Beaune, capital of the Côte d’Or.


Beaune will be the base for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The Saturday ride takes the teams westwards into the Morvan, half a million acres of natural park with huge forests, rolling hills and lakes before looping back to Beaune. The terrain on Saturday is slightly more challenging than the other days.


The final day’s cycling is a tour southwards from Beaune around the Charolais region,and finishing back in Beaune.

And here are our teams:

Team Jerryhatrex:

Jerry Woodhouse       Managing Director

Derek Kay                   Business Development Director

Andrew Pilkington       Senior Solutions Design Engineer

David Robson             Account Development Manager

Team Reflex:    

Bernie Ryan                Systems Manager

Adam Allwood             Solutions Design Engineer

Kevin Bradley             Systems Upgrades & Enhancements  Manager

Pete Withey                Senior Systems Engineeer

To follow Team Jerryhatex and their training log onto the blog:

We’ll update regularly on their progress and fundraising!