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Push Back Racking Systems

Push Back Racking Systems – Typical Uses

Push back racking is probably one of the most flexible dynamic pallet racking solutions on the market today. Not only can it deliver high density storage solutions, but our Maxi Cube Push Back Racking can also dramatically improve picking speeds and space utilisation which can significantly reduce operational costs. Below, we explain a few of … Continued

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Mezzanine Floor Types

Types of Mezzanine Floors

Mezzanine Floors is a general term for a raised steel structure to create an additional level of flooring which can be used for a multitude of uses from storage and production to office and retail. Mezzanines provide an excellent method of utilising the available height within a facility to increase floor space and avoid the … Continued

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Pallet Storage Rates

Pallet Storage Rates – Are You Paying Too Much?

Depending on the pallet storage rates, external warehouse storage can often be a highly cost-effective strategy for minimising your overheads or for providing essential additional facilities, such as during peak seasonal periods or during a growth phase. However, if these pallet storage prices become a regular monthly cost, it may be time to consider the … Continued

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Dynamic Pallet Racking

What is Dynamic Pallet Racking ?

Dynamic Pallet Racking is the term used to describe storage solutions which use mechanical or gravitational forces to move pallets within the racking system. These include push back racking, pallet live racking, mobile pallet racking, picking tunnels and radio shuttle racking. These Dynamic Pallet Racking solutions are transforming traditional warehouse storage by enabling companies to … Continued

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Mobile Pallet Racking

Mobile Pallet Racking Explained

Mobile Pallet Racking (MOVO) has the ability to deliver a high density storage capacity whilst providing 100% picking access to every pallet position, making it a firm favourite for companies looking to maximise space utilisation, particularly in areas such as cold stores. The system uses conventional pallet racking which is located onto mobile bases on a … Continued

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Radio shuttle installation Dumfries and Galloway by Thistle Solutions, Scotland.

Ways to Reduce Warehouse Costs

Blame Tim Wood – He is the Reason You Are Losing Money If you are looking for the reason why your operations just aren’t performing at the level you are after – you need to get rid of TIM WOOD. Every organisation has a TIM WOOD but before you go calling HR to find out … Continued

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Pushback for IBCs

How to Reduce the Loading Time of Your Wagons?

Can you load your wagons with pallets from your warehouse in 20 minutes or less? That’s the time we are able to show one of our clients could achieve when they asked us if we could help them to Max their Cube both in terms of capacity and efficiencies. And when you consider their current … Continued

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Cold Store Racking

Cold Store Racking

The construction and operating costs of a cold storage warehouse (or cold room) are such that the need to Max the Cube by maximise storage capacity in the minimum floor area with cold store racking, is absolutely essential. With technology moving on at a pace, the ability to consider dynamic and semi-automated storage solutions in … Continued

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How To Reduce Warehouse Operating Costs

How To Reduce Warehouse Operating Costs

After studying thousands of warehouse operations in its Max the Cube approach and analysing the impact of racking solutions, Thistle Systems has uncovered one of the biggest warehouse operating costs – and it’s not the racking. And it doesn’t matter whether you are spending a few hundred pounds or hundreds of thousands of pounds on … Continued

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Warehouse Design

2 Factors in Warehouse Design Which May Limit Storage Capacity

The traditional approach to warehouse design, whether it’s a new building or an extension to an existing facility, is to build the warehouse to the sizes specified by the architect or consultant based on a general rule of thumb. Once these are agreed, the client then looks at bringing in a racking solutions company and … Continued

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Project Room Meeting Room

Could a Project Room Transform Your Productivity?

If you are looking at a way to transform the productivity of your office, make meetings more effective and dramatically improve your project management, a dedicated Project Room could be exactly what you require. The statistics relating to how ineffective meetings can be – check out one of our most read blogs which may make … Continued

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Radio Shuttle Benefits

Radio Shuttle Dramatically Reduces Forklift Travel Times

Have you considered how much money you spend every year stocking and retrieving pallets from you warehouse? The cost of fork lift trucks and drivers is a sizable element of any warehouse operation but is often overlooked when it comes to deciding on the optimum racking solution. It was certainly the case when we spoke … Continued

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IBC pallet racking for warehouse which provided an IBC storage solution.

Discover IBC Storage Racking and IBC Bunded Storage

IBCs are a popular and highly efficient storage solution, especially in sectors such as chemicals, engineering and food and drink, however IBC storage systems can be problematic. IBC storage is not without its challenges both from a space utilisation AND a health and safety point of view. Whilst they are cube shaped which allows them to be … Continued

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Push Back Racking Benefits Explained

Push Back Racking Benefits Explained

The concept of push back racking is very easy to understand, however the full benefits that pushback racking offers are often overlooked. For more examples of how Push Back Racking has helped companies maximise their capacity, click here or see below for an outline of the benefits. The Benefits of Push Back Racking As you … Continued

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Radio shuttle installation Dumfries and Galloway by Thistle Solutions, Scotland.

Drive In Racking v Radio Shuttle Racking

Drive in racking is a firm favourite when it comes to high density racking solutions, especially in distribution centres and cold stores where maximising capacity is a key driver. However, like every industrial racking system, drive in racking isn’t perfect and doesn’t suit every project. So whilst drive in racking may appear to be a … Continued

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Warehouse Racking Costs

Warehouse Racking Costs – 7 Hidden Costs

When was the last time you evaluated your true Warehouse Racking Costs? What factors did you take into consideration? Thistle Systems has compiled data from over 3000 installations and projects over the last 10 years in an attempt to identify how people measure their racking systems and what they believed were the costs involved in … Continued

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International Rack Safety Month

International Rack Safety Month

March 2017 sees the launch of International Rack Safety Month which has been established to encourage all businesses to take a little time out to ensure their warehouse not only meets the legal Health and Safety obligations but also helps to refocus employees to ensure their workplace is safe and free from hazards. But surely … Continued

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Timber decking for pallet racking

Why Use Timber Decking for Pallet Racking

One of the biggest challenges for many companies is developing a cost effective storage facility which provides them with the flexibility to store all of their products whilst maximising the potential capacity. This is particularly an issue for companies which receive a variety of pallet types and individual products to be stored in a single … Continued

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radio shuttle racking at food and drink warehouse, Perthshire, Scotland.

Warehouse Racking System – Which is the Best?

Looking for the best warehouse racking system to maximise capacity and improve the performance of your warehouse? It’s a question that we are often asked but unfortunately, there isn’t one simple answer. The footprint and height of each warehouse may be slightly different. The pallet size may vary. The products being stored are likely to be … Continued

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Cost of Meetings Infographic

EXPOSED: The True Cost of Meetings

Meetings are an essential part of any business, however with the need to maximise productivity and minimise unnecessary costs, we examine the true cost of meetings and how you can transform their effectiveness. As the saying goes, “If you want to kill time, a meeting is the perfect weapon” which says everything about their effectiveness … Continued

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Racking Inspectors Scotland

Essential Storage Safety Awareness Training

The days of simply carrying out a formal racking inspection once or twice or year just to meet your HSE obligations are now seen as a reactive approach to warehouse management. Therefore, Thistle Systems has developed a practical hands-on training programme for storage safety awareness, to provide your warehouse operators with the basic knowledge of safe … Continued

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max the cube

What Is Max the Cube?

Max the Cube is a unique approach which shows companies how they can maximise capacity and productivity within their warehouse, interiors and production facilities whilst dramatically reducing operating costs. We are on a crusade to help companies to capitalise on the huge potential that exists within every organisation to maximise every inch of storage space, … Continued

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Maxi Cube, mobile racking installation in large warehouse in Scotland.

Max the Cube Storage Solutions

Max the Cube is NOT for the Average Company If there is one thing we have learned from the last few years, it’s the fact that simply being average is effectively guaranteeing failure. The seismic shift in the way people now have access to a world of information prior to buying products and services means … Continued

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Narrow Aisle Racking at Asco

How Did We Create Max The Cube?

As part of the initial process for developing Max the CubeTM, we carried out extensive research to understand the challenges being faced by the key sectors in our economy. We found that companies were not maximising the capacity or the utilisation of their warehouse. This meant they were facing unnecessary costs such as external storage, … Continued

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ISO 9001

Thistle Systems Gain ISO 9001 Certification

Thistle Systems has seen its Max the Cube approach successfully achieve certification to the recently updated and internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. This certification demonstrates that the unique approach is more than simply a powerful concept, but is supported by a high quality management system which covers the design and project management of storage systems … Continued

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Mezzanine floor in warehouse facility installed by Thistle Systems, Scotland.

How Much Does A Mezzanine Floor Cost?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “How Much Does a Mezzanine Floor Cost?” That’s because mezzanine floors are one of the most effective solutions for creating additional floor space without having to extend or rent new premises – check out a selection of our mezzanine floor case studies. They can also … Continued

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Max the Cube

Can We Help You to Rent Out Your Empty Offices?

When the recession began to bite several years ago, many companies started to look at ways in which they could consolidate multiple offices or reduce the number of offices they were occupying so that they could rent out their extra space to other businesses. As a result, our interiors team experienced a surge of enquiries … Continued

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Interior Fit Out Scotland

How to Increase Productivity in An Office

If you are looking at ways to transform the productivity in your office, you may have read the article which suggested office workers were only productive for 3 hours a day. One study by the University of California suggests that open plan offices are just one of the reasons why productivity is so low. And … Continued

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narrow aisle racking

Using the 5S Methodology in Warehouse and Storage

Thistle Systems’ Max the Cube approach has been recognised as the perfect vehicle for companies looking to implement the 5S methodology within their warehouse storage and production facilities. Check out our ultra high density storage solutions – ideal for small components The Max the Cube approach draws upon the key philosophies promoted by the 5S … Continued

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Max the Cube

How Max the Cube Transformed Our Business?

Despite being in business for 20 years, its only in the last 4 where we have truly been able to tell people what it is that we can actually do for their business in a manner they can instantly relate to. This came when we developed our Max the Cube approach which effectively harnessed the … Continued

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New Versus Used Racking – Key Areas to Consider

As more companies look for ways in which they can make savings, Thistle Systems Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of racking has urged all companies to think carefully about the potential dangers of purchasing and installing used racking systems. With offers of amazing savings from online retailers and auction sites such as ebay … Continued

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Dangerous Racking

8 Tell Tale Signs of Dangerous Racking

Dangerous Racking is a key issue in any warehouse as it may present a major health and safety risk. No matter how much action you take to protect  damage to your racking system or how much training you provide your forklift drivers, you cannot account for wear and tear or of course human error. The truth … Continued

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narrow aisle racking

Cost of Unsafe Racking

It’s all too easy to put off carrying out racking inspections or indeed the costs of rectifying problem – however the true cost of racking which is unsafe could be far greater. Clearly the cost of replacing an upright or a section of racking is a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire racking system, however … Continued

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Racking Collapse in a Cheese Warehouse

6 Tips to Make Your Racking Safe

If you read our recent article on the racking collapse of a Shropshire cheese distribution centre, you may be looking for tips to make your racking safe and ensure a similar racking disaster doesn’t happen in your own warehouse. The good news is that by taking some simple steps, you can greatly minimise the risk of potential … Continued

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Pallet Radio Shuttle System Scotland

The Benefits of Rack Protection – If Only You Had Known

We are always discussing the benefits of rack protection with our clients and how they can save money in the long run by a comparatively small investment. Last week I visited a new client who was looking for assistance with some rack repair work after a forklift truck had crashed into his racking system. The … Continued

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