Advanced Handling

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Il Fornaio

Client: Il Fornaio Ltd

Location: Park Royal, London

Industry: Food Manufacturing

Requirement: Mezzanine Goods Lift

Key features: Bespoke specification of food grade stainless steel

Il Fornaio Ltd, a family run Italian bakery produces the finest Focaccia, Ciabatta and Panini breads, supplying leading airlines, sandwich manufacturers and food service retailers.

Due to expansion, Il Fornaio found they were beginning to outgrow their current unit and either needed to find larger premises or create more space at the existing site. Il Fornaio chose the latter and built a mezzanine floor to provide additional room above the ground floor bakery.

Advanced Handling were recommended to Il Fornaio and as a result we were asked to provide a suitable solution for moving baked goods between the new upper level and the existing dispatch area on the lower floor.

Advanced Handling designed and installed a Mezzanine Goods Lift to reach a height of 3800mm with a capacity of 500kg. The lift was specially designed to take two roll cages, each measuring 920mm x 840mm and enable fully automated operation between floors.

There were a number of demanding aspects to the specification surrounding the installation, for example the excessive heat the lift was required to work in and as the product might come into contact with the platform it had to be constructed out of food grade stainless steel.

“Although the process has taken longer than anticipated due to the essential corrections, Advanced Handling tackled the problems that we encountered and the end result has made a big difference to Il Fornaio Ltd by allowing expansion and creating a safe and more speedy process,” explained Mick Williams, Business Development, Il Fornaio Ltd.