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4 Strategies To Increase Your Production Capacity

Although it can feel great to be shipping orders out the door left, right and center, at the same time a dramatic increase in sales can put immense pressure on your company infrastructure. Luckily there are options available to you to help ease the stress and meet the increasing demand from your customers and clients.

#1 – Working overtime

One of the most obvious and most commonly used methods of dealing with an increase in demand is to work longer hours to get the job done. While it’s true that this can help you on occasions, it should not be seen as a viable long term strategy. Working overtime puts pressure on both you and your employees and can lead to a drop in morale. Tired workers are also likely to make more mistakes, be absent off work with sickness and are often far less productive than their well-rested counterparts.

#2 – Subcontracting

Another short term fix is to outsource work to other businesses that may be able to help you achieve your production goals. Outsourcing work to other companies can allow you some valuable breathing space when you’re working to your limit. So consider asking an experienced company to take care of fulfilment, HR or other important duties that can relieve some pressure.  However, remember that it is important to brief external providers properly and check in to make sure that the work they are completing for you is of the highest quality.

#3 – Improving your layout

A longer term strategy that you can turn to when you are feeling stretched is to focus on optimising your current operations. Taking a close inspection of each area of your business can help highlight ways that you can improve and show you where your business is having problems. One key way that you can optimise your warehouse is to focus on improving your layout. Mezzanine floors for example, can allow you to reposition entire assembly lines, create new areas for picking and packing and ultimately provide you with further space and flexibility.

#4 – Increasing your storage capacity

A fourth way to keep up with the growth of your business is to invest in your equipment. Installing new sophisticated conveyor systems, machinery, or racking and even hiring new staff can help you to greatly increase your output. However, finding space can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Mezzanine floors can provide you with a convenient and cost effective way to maximise your productivity by using overhead space that would normally be wasted at a fraction of the cost of finding a new premises to relocate to.

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Double Mezzanine Floors For Bread and Pastry Specialists Celtic Bakers in London

The Client & Challenge

To design, supply and install two individual mezzanine floors for client Celtic Bakers, a North London based wholesale bakery specialising in hand-crafted breads, cakes and patisserie.

The Criteria

The client wished to increase their storage capacity whilst also separately creating a space for employees to change into their uniform before and after work.

The Solution

  • Design and build two separate floors.
  • The smallest floor measuring 5.2m x 8.5m, and designed as a changing space for bakery employees.
  • The second floor, measuring 10.95m x 13.8m, and designed as a space to hold additional storage.
  • Include bio-degradable food safe ceiling tile suitable for a bakery environment, as well as fire protection and additional staircasing.

The Result

The floor was finished on time and in budget at the beginning of 2017, resulting in another champion installation from Hi-Level!

Tom Russell, Director of Celtic Bakers, commented “We are very impressed with both mezzanines, the quality is excellent, thank you to Hi-Level”.




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Production Floor For The Meantime Brewing Company

Meantime Brewing

Meantime Brewery was founded in 2002 in Greenwich, London. The company is now one of the UK’s largest craft brewers and still continues to make its beers in the same way, having built a state-of-the-art brewery in 2010.

The Project

Following exponential sales growth, Meantime Brewing needed to double its production, so they asked a Hi-Level distributor to investigate installing a mezzanine floor to increase capacity at their brewery.

The distributor, together with Hi-Level, consulted with Meantime Brewing to came up with an optimum design that took into account the unique requirements and challenges posed by the site.

The main challenge was the client’s programme for the refit of the brewery which involved relocation of the bottle and keg filling lines and the fit out for additional brewing tanks in an adjacent building. It also entailed the inclusion of a new sloped concrete and tiled floor to facilitate drainage of liquids into central drainage gullies.

As the fit out already had a tight program scheduled, which meant interruption to the client’s production for a period, the mezzanine build had to fit into key stages of the whole project.

This entailed initially building the mezzanine frame to enable the new concrete floor to be laid over the baseplates of the mezzanine (which needed to be sat on a level slab), then part of the frame was removed to allow access to install the large brewing tanks. This was achieved by designing sleeved removable mezzanine columns, leaving the lower mezzanine column sections in situ buried in the new slab.

Further key stages of the build entailed phased installation of the remaining mezzanine parts to fit in with the relocation of the production machinery.

The Results

The mezzanine floor provided Meantime Brewery with an additional 214 square metres storage space.

It was imperative that there were no delays that might hold up brewery production. Hi-Level and their distributor completed the project both within the strict deadline and within budget.

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What our clients say

“I used Hi-Level to install a two tier mezzanine structure with fire protection and staircase enclosures. Hi-Level conducted themselves with utmost professionalism whilst on site, our health and safety policies were adhered to the letter and the finish was to a very high standard, to specification and within budget”.
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