TOG24: Mezzanine floor lift offers increased efficiency and reduced risk to employees
Mileta Sports Ltd, trading as TOG24 is a sports clothing and equipment retailer. Founded in 1958, TOG24 has a philosophy that everyone should discover life in their own way - whether it's a weekend escape or a travel adventure that lasts for years. The company supply an extensive range of clothing and equipment that enables their extensive customer base to achieve this.
Offering sports clothing for men, women and children as well as accessories, bags and ski equipment, TOG24 has a highly successful business to consumer e-commerce website. In addition, a large range of organisations, such as; VW, The British Army, IBM, Hitachi, and The Antarctic Heritage Trust choose TOG24 to design, manufacture and supply high performance workwear, promotional clothing and corporate clothing for many different business uses and environments.
The company has firm roots in the Spen Valley, Yorkshire and since 1958 has been operating from a large facility at Heckmondwike. Like most modern warehouses, the facility benefits from a large mezzanine floor throughout. Mezzanine flooring systems are typically installed wherever available head room in a building is 5000mm or more. The additional floor/s are installed to maximise useable space within a building. Typically manufactured from steel, they are made up of main beams, purlins, columns and decking and are generally seen as a great way to increase useable space in a warehouse, whilst at the same time adding value to the property
During an initial free of charge and no-obligation site visit, utilising some upper floor space in the TOG24 warehouse which could only be accessed at the time via a set of stairs was discussed.
"The need to get goods to that level was important as floor space at the lower level was getting less and less," said Penny Hydraulics Area Sales Manager, Andy Griffiths. "We discussed the options with the client and found a perfect location to install our lift."
The MezzPro was the lift chosen for the job. The MezzPro is a 500kg working capacity goods lift. Offering a vertical, hydraulically powered platform enables users to move goods alone or on crates, trolleys or pallets safely and efficiently between the different floors. The MezzPro suits numerous requirements and applications within buildings, including; warehouses, stores, factories, and workshops.
Although Penny’s offer a fully bespoke lift design service, whereby customers can utilise Penny’s in-house team of designers to develop a completely unique lift to suit their needs and building, a standard lift range is also available. Penny’s have developed their range of standard lifts over the past 40 years in response to customers approaching them with their individual lifting and handling challenges. As a result, the range today is comprehensive and many customers now find that a lift from Penny’s standard range meets their needs and that very little, to no customisation at all is required.
“Standard lifts from our range come with a highly competitive price tag,” said General Manager of Penny’s Goods Lift Division, Jocelyn Cole. “For standard ‘off-the-shelf’ designs, we’ve already invested in a significant amount of design time to develop the lift based on our experience of what most customers need. This means we’re not having to design an entirely bespoke lift from scratch each time. The design time for these standard lift projects is therefore minimal and customers like TOG24, benefit from exceptional value for money on their lift.”
The standard MezzPro offers 500kg maximum working load and benefits from opposed mast support for minimal platform deflection. The lift operates quickly, with a lift speed of approximately 0.15m/s. Even through the lift is pre-designed, customers do still benefit from a small number of options, for example customers may choose the platform size from 1300mm x 1300mm, or 2000mm x 1000mm. The mezzanine lift can travel up to a maximum of 2 floors, working to a maximum travel height of 4000mm. 2000mm high double gates at both levels are provided and customers may choose same side or through car loading for their goods.
The unique and innovative free-standing and self-supporting design of the MezzPro means that, unlike most other lifts available on the market, installation is incredibly quick. Surface-mounted design avoids costly and time-consuming structural changes to the building commonly associated with pit-fitted installations. Instead, the compact and free-standing design maximises useable floor space in the premises, which is especially beneficial when space is at a premium. The lift was installed, tested and certified in just 2 days at the Heckmondwike facility.
The TOG24 lift was designed, manufactured and installed to comply with all European legislation – the lifts is CE marked and built in conformance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 and The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. A range of safety features are built into the lift design including level gates fitted with electrical & mechanical interlocks, an emergency stop button fitted to all control stations, an anti-slip platform surface, hose burst protection and lift overload protection. TOG24 will now benefit from 12 months warranty and the lift will be regularly tested in accordance with LOLER regulations to ensure it continues to perform well and to work safely throughout its life.
Now installed, the lift is set to become a key component in ensuring safe and productive working at TOG24.
“The entire handling process at Heckmondwike can now be undertaken by a single person without any manual lifting - helping to promote safety and optimise productivity,” said Jocelyn.