A 15 metre diameter HGV access revolve installed by British Turntable at the new Asda store in Bearsden, Glasgow, is not only speeding up delivery turnaround times but is also proving to offer other economic and operational benefits.
The 44 tonne capacity revolve, which is capable of carrying an articulated truck up to 16.5m long, has been sited in a covered service yard, which is accessed from a busy main street. Vehicles must enter and exit this street in a forwards direction, and a solution therefore had to be found which would allow delivery vehicles to be turned round in the restricted loading area.
A turntable was the obvious choice, and British Turntable chosen as the supplier.
Asda had been looking at installing turntables for a number of years and prior to the Bearsden installation visited Marks & Spencer and Waitrose stores where British Turntable access revolves had previously been installed. They were impressed with the simplicity of the turntable operation at these sites.
Asda's primary objective was to make the yard work better, and the installation of the turntable at Bearsden has achieved this. It has been instrumental in improving the layout and product flow of the back-of-house at the new store, and the cost of the turntable has been partially offset by the reduction in excavation costs in the rear yard.
After only a couple of training sessions the store team and delivery drivers have become used to the turntable, such that the docking operation is now quick and straightforward.
British Turntable agreed a generic turntable specification with Asda for the Bearsden store, and this was then adapted in consultation with the architect to meet the site's specific needs. As part of this a simple red/green traffic light arrangement has been provided by British Turntable to inform drivers waiting at the entry door if the turntable is clear of traffic and ready to accept their truck.
Standard features of British Turntable's generic turntable design include: a fixed speed rotation of 0.5rpm, which allows vehicles to be moved into the ideal position in only 60 seconds; yellow markers to make positioning of the vehicle on the turntable easier; and a vandal-proof, security key protected control box to aid the manoeuvring process. The turntable components are generally located in a pit that has provision for water drainage.
Staff training is also included, as is stand-by provision on store opening, an emergency rotation facility and maintenance.