Stock pickers help museum manage 250k-strong collection

Dr Anja Divljan with TMHA's Andrew Jones.

Dr Anja Divljan with TMHA's Andrew Jones.

The Australian Museum is employing Toyota Material Handling Australia’s (TMHA) new range of elevated work platforms (EWPs) at its new, purpose-built warehouse facility in Sydney’s west.

The Museum currently has two Bravi Spin-Go stock picker EWPs supplied by TMHA in operation at its 3000sqm warehouse in Castle Hill, with plans to add a larger Bravi Sprint EWP and other Toyota warehousing equipment to the fleet soon.

The Australian Museum’s Dr Anja Divljan said staff at the new facility found the Bravi Spin-Go EWPs to be an easy and efficient way to access some of the 250,000 items of the museum’s collection that are stored at the site.

“The staff here find the EWPs easy to use and they are functioning very well in what is quite a unique warehousing environment,” Dr Divljan said.

The BRAVI Spin-Go EWPs are currently used to access items stored in compactus units that reach four metres in height.

“This part of the warehouse is situated on a floating floor, so there is a weight limit in place,” Dr Divljan said. The higher-reach capacity Bravi Sprint stock picker will be used in the remainder of the warehouse that sits on a solid floor and is fitted out with regular pallet racking.

“This area contains larger and heavier items, many of them on standard pallets, so we are also working with our local Sydney TMHA branch to assess our need for more traditional warehouse equipment like a counterbalance forklift, walkie stackers and pallet jacks,” she said.

“Most of our collections staff aren’t qualified to use a forklift, but they were able to get to work with the EWPs after TMHA organised on-site inductions and familiarisation to a standard recognised by the Australian market.”

TMHA business development and compliance sales manager Andrew Jones said the company had taken a real solutions-based approach to helping the Australian Museum set up its new storage facility.

“The Australian Museum has a lot of different items of varying size, weight and fragility that need to be stored and easily accessed by collections staff. We decided the agile Bravi Spin-Go EWPs would best suit their needs to start with, so we delivered a demonstration unit to the warehouse to physically illustrate and trial its capabilities and confirm that it was the right tool for the job,” he said.