Blue Spares Makes
Blue Spares is the spare parts specialist company within the Blue Group which, through regional sister companies, is an appointed distributor for a wide range of world-class crushing, screening, washing, materials handling and recycling plant and machinery. The company has recently unveiled larger premises, increased under-cover storage capacity and an automated system that is widely considered to be the ultimate in state-of-the-art computer controlled parts storage, selection and picking.
During the past few months, Blue Spares has developed their existing premises, constructed a brand new warehouse facility and installed a fully automated and computer controlled Kardex Shuttle stock picking system. In all, Blue Spares has invested £500,000 in this impressive project to hone and enhance even further the after sales product support they provide to the Blue Group’s valued customers and, with what is now probably the most modern spare parts service of its kind in the UK quarrying and recycling markets, claims that their operations are now “future proof” for many years to come.
Off-the-shelf availability – 24 hours delivery and often same-day – plus a wide range of crusher, screener and shredder spares for most leading makes now benefit from the remarkable new Kardex Shuttle system. A high density vertical lift system, Kardex not only maximises on ceiling and shelf height but can carry weights of 60 tonnes or more. This frees up floor space and allows extra storage area for increased line items holdings. Kardex simultaneously measures, weighs and allocates product for storage in the most space-efficient location within the Shuttle. Greatly increased picking speed – up to 130 items an hour – automatically presents the required part by bringing the correct “tray” to the access level. The computer software programme instructs the operator how many items to pick and also allows the system to sort stock into optimum picking sequence in order to minimise machine travel time.
Genuine OEM parts are provided by Blue Spares and the economy of quality that this represents means that, whether it’s spare parts for rebuild to keep the older kit at work or replacement wearparts to minimise downtime, operatives can provide quality spares that fit first time even faster, more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before.
Commenting on Blue Spares’ enhanced facilities, Managing Director Sean Warburton said “We’ve always prided ourselves on the best possible parts holding with a fast response to our customers and the past couple of years have been extremely successful for Blue Spares. This has allowed us to make this significant investment in our infrastructure and on the latest materials handling and systems technology which we estimate has probably increased our output capability fourfold. Together with our trained, experienced and proactive sales, engineering and warehouse teams this takes us to the next level in fast and efficient spare parts supplies. We are confident that, having made this important investment, we can increase our efforts even further to boost our customers’ productivity – and, therefore, profitability – by giving the best possible after sales product support. We’ve also just launched our new website which is already proving to be a valuable and very accessible ‘first contact’ marketing tool in communicating with our growing customer and prospect base”.
Blue Spares is the essential provider of spare parts and components for the Blue Group distributorships, which include Powerscreen Pegson mobile crushers, Powerscreen mobile screening, washing and recycling equipment and Doppstadt shredders. Genuine OEM spares are also available at very attractive prices for other makes of crushing and screening plants.