Italian mega distributor VIPA is currently constructing its third high-bay automated warehouse, increasing its storage capacity

Italian mega distributor VIPA is currently constructing its third high-bay automated warehouse, increasing its storage capacity by an additional 30,000 pallet spaces to 150,000 spaces in total – enabling it to further expand its product range and stock capability. VIPA SpA can supply over 65,000 different products including different sizes, coatings and materials. It moved to its current head office in Rolo, Emilia-Romagna, in 2001 and began with one high-bay warehouse, which was 135m long and 35m high and included 5 automated aisles. By 2007 the company had reached its warehouse capacity and needed to expand. It then added a second high-bay warehouse that was the same dimensions, but this time included 7 automated aisles – with all 12 aisles across both warehouses working in synchronisation to deliver the products to the pickers who then created the final order. Now VIPA is adding a third warehouse – again with the same dimensions – which will see the company increase its storage capacity by 25%. The new warehouse will also synchronise with the other two warehouses, but it will differ in the fact it will be fully automated. “There will be no manual movement of boxes in the new ...

When it comes to axles for your hardcore 4×4, the solution to whatever problem you face

When it comes to axles for your hardcore 4×4, the solution to whatever problem you face is more often than not a Dana 60. They are strong, readily available, and adaptable to any number of applications. That’s the good news. However, such modern advances as ABS, traction control, wheel ends, and vehicle-specific bracketry have made once simple garage swaps out of reach for the average guy’s toolbox. Fusion4x manufactures a full line of bolt-in Dana 60s for Jeep JKs using all brand-new components. They are available in multiple levels of insanity. This little family Jeep is getting Fusion’s 60/44 Hybrid axle, so we figured we’d take you along for a tour of the experience. The Fusion 60/44 Hybrid uses Dana 60 centersection and tubes with upgraded JK outers. This product gets you most of the way to a full Dana 60, is very easy to install, and comes at a price comparable to other aftermarket 44s. At the other end of the spectrum, Fusion4x now also offers the mighty Kingpin-style Dana 60, made with all new parts and ready to slide under your Jeep. But that’s an axle for another time. Granted, the Rubicon comes with a front Dana 44 instead of the pedestrian JK’s Dana 30. While th...