Blue Diamond Engineering is a precision machining and fabrication company that has been operating for nearly 60 years. Their experienced workforce needed a robust and easily accessible shelving and storage solution, and chose Polstore to carry out the work.
“The main reason for investing in the Polstore workshop storage units was for the attractive appearance. The units are the first thing visitors see. We wanted a wow factor for when our clients visit the shop-floor,” said Carol Brown, CEO of Blue Diamond Engineering.
In the last year, Blue Diamond has invested considerably in new machines, technological advancements and storage facilities. Given the prominent and visible position of the workshop, the aesthetics of the storage units chosen were of equal importance to functionality, security and organisation.
There were three components to the storage solution for Blue Diamond. Firstly, the premium CNC and machine tool storage shelving system. Polstore offers both standard and bespoke systems to suit exact requirements, optimising productivity and efficiency within the workplace.
The CNC tool storage shelving system included sliding lockable doors with pull out drawers with a load capacity of 200kg – fitted with internal tool cradles and CNC tool holders essential for the heavy tooling the Blue Diamond workforce use to manufacture quality machine components.
The safest way to store and retrieve heavy machine tools is within a drawer system as access from three sides eliminates the need to reach in. Polstore said its drawer cabinets are covered by our 5-year warranty and as an added confidence boost all drawer slides and guide rails are covered by a lifetime warranty.
Secondly, Polstore provided two types of industrial workbench systems - a 3-metre-long workbench and hexagonal bench. Each were made up with a combination of six workshop drawer cabinets which was tailored to their needs with bench mounted roller shutter cabinets and tool shadow boards.
Being such a flexible and modular system any storage combination can be created with options including drawer cabinets, hinged and sliding door cupboards, shelves, roller shutters, perforated back panels and tool shadow boards. A popular product we see engineering clients invest in to organise the drawer internals, is our routed foam inserts. These are a cost-effective storage solution which instantly alerts a user if an item is missing through a very simple visual cue.
The third and final aspect of Blue Diamond’s storage solution were the pull-out vertical drawers for storing small parts and consumable tooling. Each drawer is fitted out with our plastic tilt bin system ‘Unibox’. Here the tools are easy to see and access using transparent compartments of various sizes.
Manufactured from high quality steel and 500kg SWL rating per drawer, all our drawer systems are available in a wide range of sizes to suit all various domestic, commercial and industrial environments. Due to the modular design a variety of configurations can be achieved.
To get the greatest efficiency from storage, each machine was allocated its own dedicated drawer unit. This meant it was easier for the team to keep track of tools and generally more accessible for all. For their tooling technician (Scott) having an ample and defined workspace and storage was essential. Scott oversees the preparation of tooling, jigs and fixtures to support production, one of the busiest areas of the factory floor because of how essential it is to the running of every machine they operate.
Workshop space comes at a premium, and the right storage solution can transform how that space is used and optimised. For Blue Diamond, Polstore was able to shrink the area used by previous storage by 50%. Originally planned for the workshop manager, when the team saw the hexagonal workbench unit, they decided to change the plan and put it in the middle of the workshop floor. Being in a central location allows the unit to serve the three Hartford VMC’s, the DMU Monoblock 95 and the lathes.