Los Angeles County MTA Div.9

About This Project

Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority enlists McMurray Stern to design and construct a more efficient storage system for their parts storage center.

The Challenge

Division 9 of the Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (MTA) was facing a major storage challenge. They had limited storage space to work within their bus yard and parts warehouse located in El Monte. With only 2,700 square feet of space allocated for storage and a large quantity of parts and tools that needed to be organized, a more efficient solution was needed. In addition, many of the parts and tools required to repair and maintain their line of busses were very heavy, meaning any storage system needed to be sturdy and strong.

The MTA Division 9 warehouse had installed a storage system many years ago utilizing horizontal carousels. Unfortunately, the equipment was difficult to maintain and the motors eventually stopped working. That left them with a static carousel that made it very difficult to access certain items being stored. The older units were also struggling to handle the excess weight of the heavy materials in storage. The situation had become very inefficient, as well as fairly unsafe for the workers managing the warehouse. They were using more manpower to accomplish less, so the MTA knew it was time to make upgrades.

McMurray Stern was contacted to design a new storage system for the Division 9 facility, which first meant a review of the property and the space with which they had to work. In the process, they identified these key challenges:

  • Limited space to handle large storage requirements
  • Shelves and storage equipment not strong enough for heavy bus parts
  • Difficultly in accessing parts and equipment being stored
  • Outdated storage and retrieval system not designed to handle the demands of an MTA repair facility
  • Worker efficiency and safety being compromised

The Solution:

McMurray Stern designed a high-density storage system specifically to address the needs and concerns of the Los Angeles County MTA’s Division 9 facility. The project consisted of two key stages.

First was the installation of a Rapistak adjustable racking system to handle the storage of larger and heavier items, as well as maximize the cubic space that was utilized in the warehouse. Rapistak units are constructed of individual pallets that can adjust on 4-inch centers, which make them extremely adaptable in order to maximize the space used by each shelf. In addition, the system features a stacker crane, which is a built-in forklift system, mounted to the top of the racking. The stacker crane can handle lift up to 2000 pounds. Most importantly, the Rapistak system allowed for aisles that were 7’6” wide rather than the traditional 10 feet required for regular forklift access. This helped MTA recover valuable warehouse floor space for additional storage capacity.

Most importantly, the Rapistak system allowed for aisles that were 7’6” wide rather than the traditional 10 feet required for regular forklift access. This helped MTA recover valuable warehouse floor space for additional storage capacity.

The second phase involved setting up three Vertical Carousel Systems and one Vertical Lift for more efficient storage and easier access to smaller parts, tools and equipment needed for MTA’s bus maintenance. Vertical storage units are automated shelving systems that rotate by carousel or lift within a unit and recall parts or tools by an operator with touch of a button. McMurray Stern also installed a bank of modular drawer cabinets and storage racks for additional efficiency and space-saving measures.

The Result:

The more consolidated and upgraded storage system greatly improved the organization and workflow for the MTA’s Division 9 facility. Workers were more easily able to access parts for bus maintenance and the results were a smoother operation across all levels. Everyone on site now knows precisely where every part is stored and can safely and efficiently access items.

The Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority was so impressed with the results at Division 9 that McMurray Stern has since been contracted to improve the storage at nine other bus maintenance facilities throughout the county. It has developed into a great working relationship since the MTA knows they can count on McMurray Stern for innovative solutions, quality construction and exceptional customer service.

 

Company

Metro Transportation Authority

Location

El Monte, California

Challenge

Division 9 of the Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (MTA) was facing a major storage challenge. They had limited storage space to work within their bus yard and parts warehouse located in El Monte. With only 2,700 square feet of space allocated for storage and a large quantity of parts and tools that needed to be organized, a more efficient solution was needed.

Solution

Recover valuable floor space and maximize storage capacity by installing three Vertical Carousels, 1 Vertical Lift and a highly sophisticated Rapistak Stacker Crane System

Category
Industrial, Project
Tags
automobile, industrial storage, maintenance, Rapistak
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