Custom Designed Auto Parts Storage System for Hall Buick GMC of Tyler TX

Customized storage systems for auto parts center and collision autobody service repair centers in Dallas TXOur Client
Hall Buick GMC

Hall Buick GMC of Tyler, Texas is the largest Buick GMC dealer in East Texas. Focused on their reputation for unmatched service and for offering the most diverse selection of new and used inventory in their region, Hall Buick GMC makes it their business to provide their customers with the most outstanding car buying experience.

Their Challenge
Design and Installation During Construction

Mezzanine work platform installed over existing automotive parts storage shelving units - Dallas TXBuilding on their years of success, Hall Buick GMC recently struck ground on a new and improved auto body and parts facility. As their business and reputation grew over time, they had come to realize that their existing building couldn’t handle the growth in business they were experiencing.

New construction meant they could design the perfect collision service center to accommodate their growing clientele while better organizing and laying out their auto parts storage and service.

As construction moved forward, Hall Buick GMC had not yet found a warehousing expert to partner with for the design and installation of their new parts storage. Fortunately, Rode Chambers, Automotive Specialist for W. W. Cannon, was in the neighborhood and stopped by.Mezzanine work platform installed over existing automotive parts storage shelving units - Dallas TX

“Everyone knows Hall Buick and GMC. I just happened to be going by and saw they were doing some construction,” said Chambers. “I thought I’d check in and see if they needed a hand.”

With the construction still ongoing, Hall Buick GMC took Chambers up on his offer and he sat down with the blueprints for the new parts department to assess the situation and offer a solution.

“I knew we could provide them with exactly what they wanted even though construction was still ongoing,” said Chambers.

The Solution
Listening to Their Needs and Designing to Maximize Workflow

Finished grate decking. Mezzanine work platform installed above auto parts storage shelving units - Dallas TXCustomized storage for auto parts and service centers is old hat for W.W. Cannon. Since 1938, they have been the name to trust for automotive storage solutions, material handling systems, and industrial storage equipment in Dallas TX and the surrounding region. Chambers in particular has a strong history with the automotive industry and knew exactly how to tackle this challenge.

With a clear understanding of what Hall Buick GMC needed, Chambers designed a system that stored parts in a location that allowed for a much smoother flow from storage to technician. The brand-new building meant they could keep large parts in an area of their own, easily accessible by employees and easy to move by a small fleet of carts.

To take advantage of vertical storage space, a mezzanine work platform was installed above auto parts shelving units.  Modular parts shelving, bin units, and customized auto storage equipment installed on the main floor were designed around the exact parts needed for all Hall Buick GMC customer’s automobile care.

The Result
Ready for Today and for the Future

Hall Buick GMC’s collision, auto body service and parts center is now a highly organized and custom designed storage system, making it a much more efficient player in the business.

“We developed a really good relationship and we’re looking forward to helping them in their next phase of growth,” said Chambers. “Customers of Hall Buick GMC in Tyler, Texas can expect to see their already great service get even better.”

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with the best-practice solution for your needs.

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Mexico Ministries: Need was Greater than Sacrifice – December 2017 Newsletter

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The Warehouse Lifeguards – Safety Solutions for Superior Protection

Warehouse Lifeguards -Safety Solutions for superior protection of people, equipment, and profit in Dallas TX

Fall Protection was #1 out of OSHA’s most cited safety violations in 2016. So when a safety-conscious RV Service Center in Texas needed to protect its mechanics and service techs as they worked on top of RVs, it made sense to contact WW Cannon’s Doug Hutchins. Hutchins is known throughout the industry as the “Warehouse Lifeguard” and has earned a reputation for outfitting companies with the best fall protection solution for their application.Picture of Doug Hutchins - The Warehouse Lifeguard

“With every fall protection application, there’s a hierarchy of questions that I go through to identify the best-practice solution,” says Hutchins. “With the RV service center, the first thing I looked at, ‘Was there any way that they could avoid working on the roof?’ And of course, in this situation the answer was no. Then I asked, ‘Was there any room on the floor for us to build a system?’ No, not sufficient room. Since there was limited space, we had to look to the ceiling.”

Once it was determined that the fall protection system would have to be installed on the ceiling of the service center, Hutchins educated the customer on the different fall protection options available.

“There were really two types of systems our customer could have used,” says Hutchins. “The first was a wire cable system and the second was a rigid rail system. I was able to explain the benefits and differences of the two systems and once they had a good understanding of their options, it was a very easy decision.”

Fall Protection System for RV Service Center with Gorbel Ceiling Mounted Crane - Dallas TXFor this specific work environment, the rigid rail solution won out by providing numerous advantages over the wire cable system.

“The rigid rail system is a permanent solution,” Hutchins says. “It’s welded and bolted to the ceiling and it’s not coming down. With a wire cable option, if somebody were to fall, much of the wire cable system would need to be replaced. From a cost standpoint, the rigid rail may be a bit more, but since it’s a permanent system there’s no part of it that needs to be replaced after a fall. Plus, when someone does fall, they’ll only fall 4 to 6 inches before they’re caught.”

“The rigid rail allows for multiple people to be working simultaneously. They can move by each other without having to disconnect and reconnect their lanyard, which would be impossible with a wire rope system. We’ve done systems that have 20 people on those rails. And with a rigid rail system, they can start out from the floor already connected so that they’re secured when climbing up the ladder. It’s completely hands free, which allows the mechanics to focus all of their attention on the job at hand.”

Once the decision was made to move forward with the rigid rail system, there were a few challenges that needed attention.

“We needed to confirm the building could hold the system,” Hutchins says. “Some service centers are not built or made for ceiling mounted equipment. We had a structural engineer run calculations to determine how the ceiling could be reinforced in order to safely hold the new system. Adding welds to the beams and columns for reinforcement provided the solution needed to secure it.”

Another challenge was a very low ceiling. The system had to be engineered so that the mechanics could work on top of the RVs without hitting their head on the rail above.

Fall Protection System for RV Service Center with Gorbel Ceiling Mounted Crane - Dallas TX“We took the header beam and welded it as high up on the webbing of the building as possible, and installed the track underneath. We went as high as the ceiling would allow, which got us enough clearance.”  The system itself took about 2 weeks to install completely.

“WW Cannon was hired because of our complete turn-key services,” says Hutchins. “Not only did we design, layout, build and install the system, but we also went the extra mile to find the right solution to fit the unique needs of our customer.”

Once installation was complete, the WW Cannon team provided their customer with comprehensive safety training for their staff, including proper protocol during a fall.

“We helped the customer develop a rescue plan,” says Hutchins. “This is required by law. If somebody were to fall, they’d be safe due to the harness, but there has to be a procedure in place to get them down as quickly as possible. Can’t leave a person dangling and have their circulation cut off.”

With the system in place and the staff properly trained, the RV Service Center is thrilled with the end result. Hutchins and WW Cannon had once again lived up to their reputation as the Warehouse Lifeguards by providing the best-practice safety solution.

Read our Fall Protection article on the MHEDA Journal. MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) has honored W.W. Cannon with their Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award over continuous past years and again in 2017.

Contact us today!

We can assist you in achieving your goals and deliver the system requirements you need for your next project.  Call us at 1-800-442-3061 to set up an appointment.

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Giving Thanks in 2017

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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day!

W.W. Cannon will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 24. 

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Mission Arlington: Support and Giving Back to Others – November 2017 Newsletter

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Liberty comes at a price – Thank You Veterans!

In honor of Veteran's Day 2017Liberty comes at a price and the men and women who serve our country are willing to pay that price for our freedom and for peace.

Let us remember all the sacrifices made my our military so that we could have a safer life. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them.

Today, we thank you, we salute you, we honor you Veterans!

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Order Fulfillment System Design & Layout for Maximum Output & Growth

Order fullfillment system design and layout for maximum output and growth bannerDezine News, a Dallas TX based clothing accessories manufacturer, found itself in a wonderful but difficult new position; so many new orders and not enough space or performance capability to keep up with the demand.  It was time to expand.  John Ward of Dezine News and a local consulting company called on W.W. Cannon, Inc. to team up for the opening of their new North Texas distribution center.  Complete services from design, layout, build and installation of the systems that would deliver the fulfillment and logistic results they needed.

“Our business is growing exponentially.  Therefore, investing in the right expandable equipment was very important to us,” comments John Ward of Dezine News.

“Considering all aspects of their process in the distribution center was critical to the design and layout of the equipment and system W.W. Cannon, Inc.  would suggest for Dezine News.  John wanted to ensure the fulfillment and logistics process they had to abide by would allow for maximum output and expandable growth for several years to come,” says Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, Inc.

Setting up packing process conveyor for clothing accessory distribution center in Dallas TX

Chris Bewley, Inside Sales Manager, Richard Fargason, Installation Manager and Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, Inc, worked closely with Dezine News to deliver the turn-key packaging solutions, fulfillment obligations, logistics needs and distribution efficiency and safety systems needed for the opening of the new distribution center.

“Exceeding customer error expectations is a must with our customer base,” says John Ward of Dezine News.

The team at W.W. Cannon, Inc. suggested a turn-key packaging system utilizing a Best Semi Automatic Case Sealer and an Aetna Overhead Spiral Wrapper to keep up with the demand of packaging orders quickly.  Utilizing a Roach transportation conveyor with accumulation and gravity flow racks, Dezine News can meet its fulfillment obligations both now and for the growth that will come in the future.

“We operate like a family so durability, productivity, and well as an attractive look was important to the management of Dezine News,” comments John Ward.

Conveyor for packing process in growing clothing accessory distribution center in Dallas TXW.W. Cannon, Inc. incorporated Fairborn Dock Seals in the warehouse space to maintain the efficiency of the air conditioned space. To help Dezine News integrate fulfillment warehousing and their administrative offices into one facility, Bluff Crash GuardRail was used as a forklift barrier to separate administrative offices from warehouse equipment resulting in a safer environment on both sides of the barrier.

“Our specialty is partnering with companies from every sector to deliver total system solutions for their specific needs,” says Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, Inc.

We want to come along side our customers and help them wrap their arms around their entire process to gain the space, efficiency, productivity and safety they need to grow their business and boost their profits.”

Contact us today!

We can assist you in achieving your goals and deliver the system requirements you need for your next project as well.  Call us at 1-800-442-3061 to set up an appointment.

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Mission Arlington: Tillie Invites you to Spend Thanksgiving and Christmas

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VRCs – The Ups & Downs of Moving Materials

VRC Material Lift in Volkswagen Auto Parts Distribution Center

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors, commonly known as VRCs, Material Lifts, Freight Lifts, Platform Lifts, etc., are the safest, most economic way to move materials between multiple levels within industrial environments.

The VRC – is it a Conveyor or an Elevator?3-Level VRC Material Lift in Volkswagen Auto Parts Distribution Center

Though it may look and act like an elevator, VRCs are defined as a type of conveyor to allow companies to operate with less code restrictions and a more cost-effective way to move their materials. In fact, VRCs have their own national code (ASME B20.1) and are specifically exempt from the national elevator code. Elevators with the purpose of moving people require a higher level of safety and equipment. With a VRC, workers must hit the stairway because only materials are allowed. This helps to reduce cost in construction, operation, maintenance, and company liability insurance.

Multi-Level Transportation of Materials

VRCs/Vertical Material Lifts provide fast, safe and convenient transportation of materials from one level to the next on mezzanine work platforms, elevated conveyor systems, balconies, basements, and between floors on multiple story buildings.

The VRC unit can be installed for through-floor, interior or exterior access.  Learn more from our product guide on What Type of VRC/Material Lift Do You Need For Your Application? – PDF

Customizable & Space Saving3-Level VRC Material Lift in Volkswagen Auto Parts Distribution Center

With weight capacities from 10 to over 200,000 pounds, these vertical material lifts can be customized for just about any material moving application.

VRCs also save valuable space within busy work areas.  With a typical belt conveyor to transport materials, space is wasted that could be used for storage or work operations.  A VRC takes advantage of vertical space, freeing up area for evolving operations.

Safety First Features

Most companies operate under strict “safety first” policies.  To accommodate the highest standards of safety, VRCs are equipped with top-of-the-line safety features so you can rest easy.

Wire safety enclosures completely surround the landings, along with interlocked gates or doors to ensure the load is secured during transport. The control panel is placed on the outside of the lift platform so that it cannot be operated from the inside to discourage personnel from hitching a ride.  Vertical Lifts come with highly visual Safety Signage on each call station as well as the lift platform to clearly convey important information such as “No Rider” and load capacity.3-Level Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor in VW Auto Parts Distribution

VRC Ownership Benefits

  • Less costly and safer to operate than forklifts
  • Less costly to install, operate, and maintain than traditional elevators
  • Reduces labor costs by eliminating non-value-added travel time
  • Quiet and smooth operation
  • Single person operation eliminates the need for spotters
  • Can replace long, large footprint conveyor belts
  • Advanced safety features to protect workers and materials
  • Transports materials from 10 pounds to 200 tons
  • Customized to application and exact needs
  • Conforms to ASME B20.1 Safety Standards

W.W. Cannon offers complete material handling and industrial storage solutions, from design and project management, to install and follow-up.

Contact us today!

Contact us with any questions or assistance with your material lifting needs. To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with the right solution.

 

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Mexico Ministries: At age 80 Still Reaching Children for Christ – October 2017 Newsletter

What keeps Missionary Larry Myers going? “Let the children come to Me, do not hinder them from coming to me: for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

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