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  • 31/01/2018
    What is reverse logistics?

    What is reverse logistics?

    Reverse logistics is defined as the practices and processes set up for organising product returns from points-of-sales to the manufacturer in order to repair, recycle or dispose of these articles in the most cost-effective way.

  • 01/11/2017
    Fire protection measures for metal racks and warehouses

    Fire protection measures for metal racks and warehouses

    Fire safety in a warehouse is a particularly big challenge since, usually, these types of buildings have a high fire load. In addition to the merchandise, installations contain elements that spur on the spread of flames, like plastic materials, cardboard or wood, among others. To minimise this risk, warehouses must have fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.

  • 09/10/2017
    High throughput and automated goods handling with pallet conveyors

    High throughput and automated goods handling with pallet conveyors

    Even though conveyors are generally associated with highly automated installations, in reality, they are more and more common in standard warehouses. The reason is they boost warehouse productivity by optimising the flow of goods, reduce loading, unloading and transport times, as well as ensure a constant stream of products.

  • 15/09/2017
    Thermal insulation in cold storage installations

    Thermal insulation in cold storage installations

    This article explains how the thermal insulation of low-temperature warehouses is achieved and emphasises the importance of a rigorous design to guarantee the optimal operations of cold storage.

  • 04/09/2017
    Seismic calculations for racks in Europe

    Seismic calculations for racks in Europe

    The highest seismic hazard values and the likelihood of earthquakes occurring converge typically in regions close to the edges of Earth's tectonic plates. In Europe, the countries with the greatest seismic risk are Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Iceland. At the same time, in each country, there are areas at higher risk than others. Prevention, as well as the compliance with European standards regarding the design and construction of storage systems, are fundamental for the earthquake-proofing of racks.

  • 24/07/2017
    Cloud computing: a supply chain ally

    Cloud computing: a supply chain ally

    Cloud technology is a huge help for companies to strategically manage their logistics supply chain and integrate all processes carried out to maximise earnings. In recent years, this computational model has started to replace traditional, on-premise ones at a phenomenal rate.

  • 05/07/2017
    Chile: a seismic laboratory for testing rack behaviour

    Chile: a seismic laboratory for testing rack behaviour

    Chile is one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world due to its geographical location in the Circum-Pacific belt (also known as the Ring of Fire), the scene of intense seismic activity. It also presents unique characteristics, making it ideal for scientific research related to this natural phenomenon. Accordingly, Mecalux has spent years analysing and improving the structural behavior of racking.

  • 06/06/2017
    How to achieve energy savings in the logistics processes of an automated warehouse

    How to achieve energy savings in the logistics processes of an automated warehouse

    Electricity is essential to the operation of manual or automated warehouses, and as a result companies can supply the goods and services they produce for general consumption. Nowadays, businesses implement practices, as well as technical and organisational measures aimed at reducing energy consumption and optimising the throughput of installations.

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