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Storing large quantities of goods or raw materials can be a challenge within any warehouse as you need to ensure that your goods are protected and organized and that the shelves can withstand the goods you are storing. You also need to ensure that the shelves make effective use of your warehouse space.
Purchasing warehouse shelves can be a complicated process with so many factors to consider. However, the following tips can help you to find the right shelving for your warehouse space:
Don’t Assume That Used Shelves Are The Right Choice.
New shelves can often be just as cost effective as purchasing used shelves, especially when considering the costs of disassembly, assembly, and delivery. With new shelves, you can also maximize the use of your space, and you can rest assured that you are getting a reliable product that will stand the test of time.
Consider The Floor Space Layout In Your Warehouse.
This should be a relevant factor in deciding what types and amounts of shelving you need. Warehouse space is not unlimited and it is not free. You do not want to waste space by having inefficient shelving solutions that don’t allow you to effectively store all of your goods.
Understand The Different Shelving Options Available To You.
Not all warehouse shelving is created equal. There are different types and styles of shelving, including galvanized steel shelving, rivet shelving, mezzanine shelving, pallet racking, and mobile shelving. If you need some specific type of shelving designed that will work best with your warehouse layout or the goods that you need to store, you can also consider custom and specialized shelving solutions.
Determine The Weight Of The Items To Be Stored.
You must ensure that every shelf is strong enough to withstand the weight of whatever you might put onto it both now and in the future. You should always err on the side of caution and opt for shelves that can hold larger volumes and weights of items than you expect to need so that your shelves can always safely accommodate your storage needs.
Consider Whether The Shelves Will Hold Up In A Potential Disaster Situation.
You will want to ensure that the warehouse shelves could stand up to a serious adverse weather event, such as an earthquake. Your shelves need to be strong enough to withstand the weather events that are likely to occur in your area.
Explore Options For Installation.
Do you want to obtain your shelves from a company that will also arrange delivery and installation? This can streamline the process and allow you to work only with one company from start to finish, but it may not be the right solution for everyone.
These are just a few of the many tips when it comes to making the purchase of industrial shelving or warehouse racking. If you turn to a professional who specializes in warehousing shelving, you will get the invaluable advice that you need to ensure that you have the right shelves for your space.
Good question. It depends. What kind of business do you have?
Cantilever racks are what a business needs if their product cannot fit vertically on regular pallet rack. They’re great for businesses that have warehouses – like a lumberyard or a manufacturing facility. Often times, companies can have items like sheet metal, drywall, sheet steel, or even flake board as piles on a warehouse floor. Warehouse employees are typically tasked with sorting or organizing items like this, which is often an inefficient use of time and poses a risk of injury. Cantilever racking is great for sorting product by commodity and size and can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents.
This racking is typically built of structural steel and has been used for the storage of everything from mouldings to pipe. Although it’s simplistic design is straightforward from an installation point of view, it’s weight does sometimes present a challenge.
When designing a cantilever racking system the key points to keep in mind are the following:
- By what means are the loads going to be deposited into the rack and do you have enough aisle space to do so?
- What should be the ideal column spacing so that the arms cradle the load effectively?
- What is the vertical rise opening per level that would be reasonable to both deposit and retrieve the loads?
- Should the arms be straight or slightly inclined so that any loose product will roll towards the center of the rack?
- Should the arms have locking pins so that product can’t accidentally fall out?
- What is the ideal depth of the arms to maintain the loads stored?
- Based upon this depth and the chosen column spacing, what is the minimum arm capacity?
Cantilever systems are best tailor designed to the space meant to be installed into, but this, as evidenced above, is also supported by knowing the kinds of materials you’re working with.
Whether you find yourself in the market for office shelving or something of a more industrial nature, you will quickly find that the lines are becoming increasingly blurred when it comes to discerning what constitutes a shelving unit and what is a cabinet.
With such a wide array of manufacturers in the market to choose from, and the competition growing ever more fierce, every effort is being made on the part of these manufacturers to accommodate all their clients potential application requirements with one basic list of standardized components. These components, or more specifically, options, allow you to custom design a shelving unit exactly to fit your business needs.
Although the basic building blocks remain unchanged, these days many manufacturers offer a numberof options that may come as a surprise for the occasional purchaser of shelving. As image and aestheticsincreasingly play a higher role in corporate decisions, decorative end panels are becoming increasinglymore popular in an industrial setting. Where previously lockable cabinets were the storage answer formore valuable items, now lockable doors and / or drawers may suffice. Clients increasingly recognizethat versatility is key.
There is also an increased number of options available specifically for space efficiency. As an example, tominimize a storage footprint, or more specifically the number of shelving units required to store totes,subdivided drawers are a fantastic idea; allowing a customer to replace 3 or more shelving units intoone. Once again, previously the customer was typically steered towards purchasing a cabinet for sucha solution. With the shelving drawer inserts available on the market today, most suited to a number ofdifferent shelving brands, these specific cabinet applications are becoming increasingly rare.
Two key objectives in any good warehouse design are space efficiency and productivity. These objectives can come together nicely in an effectively planned push back racking system where we combine less travel between pick hits and provide maximum density by way of storing several pallets deep, but first of all – what is push back racking?
Push back racking is commercial and industrial racking with greater selectivity. All loads are stored and retrieved from the aisle and rest on a cart on a rail that slopes gently toward the front. When a new load is deposited into a lane, it ‘pushes back’ the one already at the face of the aisle and all those behind. Then, when that load is picked, the contents of the lane all move gently forward again, hence the term “push back rack”. Push back racking is ideally suited to business that stores skids of product SKU with a last in first out method.
In order to examine whether such a racking system is appropriate to your application you must first ask yourself a few simple questions.
- How many of your SKU’s typically maintain inventory levels of 5 to 15 pallet loads?
- Will the number of SKU’s maintaining this level of inventory be relatively constant?
A properly applied push back system provides both excellent density as well as selectivity. The objective once again is to minimize the amount of travel between pick hits and to store product as densely as possible. The workings of such a system are that the loads are placed on either carts or rails which sit slightly inclined within the racking structure. The lift truck operator will simply place the first load on a cart and when he then has a second identical load he deposits it in that same lane location; therefore, pushing the original load and its’ cart, up the inclined rails and then depositing the next load directly in front of the first. Push back systems are generally designed 2 to 5 pallets deep depending on heights, load weights, and the type of lift truck used to interface. The carts within the system nest beneath each other when not in use and typically provide the operator with some sort of signalization notifying him of the number of positions remaining within the lane. As with any racking application good utilization is critical. One must take a serious look at average inventory levels and assess both what is the optimal pallet depth required and how much of such a system is warranted. As with most any warehouse, good space efficiency and productivity requires a combination of 3 or more different systems.
Industrial Shelving has always been a broad term used to describe moderately priced steel shelving of significant capacity. Although sturdy, from an aesthetics point of view, well let’s just say it wouldn’t be the typical thing you’d find in any high profile setting such as retail area or visible square footage on a retail floor. Now, however, with the introduction of the DEXION Hi-280 line of shelving, we find these lines are increasingly getting blurred. With its appearance only surpassed by its functionality, this German engineered shelving requires no nuts, bolts, or clips of any sort. Made from clean sheets of pre-galvanized steel the end result looks remarkably similar to brushed stainless steel.
Although its natural corrosion resistance may make this product ideally suited for coolers and freezers, in reality there’s not much this shelving can’t do. With a lengthy list of accessories from drawers through to dividers, and decks ranging from steel to particle board, there’s a reason why this shelving is taking Europe by storm. Should you require a couple of shelves for a storage room or a three tier mezzanine for a central stores area, this system is the most versatile on the market today. Although there may be imposters, one may simply only look at quality and gauge of the steel to appreciate the real thing.
It wasn’t long ago that when one referred to a 28,000 lb. capacity end frame they use to be describing a 13 gauge, rolled formed frame. As a common staple to the racking industry, this frame would also typically be about 16 to 24 feet in height and be relatively easy to come by. Today, however; if you were to assume the same, you might be mistaken.
Firstly, in the past 3 to 4 years the industry has become increasingly more sensitive in providing the customer with a more precise solution to address his storage issues. Always wishing to stay just slightly ahead of their competitors, manufacturers have reduced the gauge of their rack frames and increased the welds, bends or both therefore providing increased rigidity and strength. It also stands to reason that a frame’s capacity will in large part be determined by how structurally sound the base of the structure is; an issue in large part determined by the height of the first level load beams. It’s for this reason lighter gauge rack may often still suffice in achieving the desired capacity objectives of a customer’s requirements.
The fact to keep in mind is that whether it be a 13, or 14 gauge steel frame, if the elevation of the first beam level is relatively high, the rack will inevitably be more susceptible to lateral forces than otherwise may be the case and therefore it’s capacity will also be that much less.
Although mobile shelving technology has been around for some time, it hasn’t been until recently that significant consideration has been given to applying such systems to all realms of shelving. Now more than ever, business is cost conscious, and leveraging the ability to manage stock while strategically managing your space requirements, especially in lease environments where space is at premium and rent is high – equates to savings and the intelligent use of space. Mobile shelves have ideal applications as office filing systems (think architectural offices, a dentist or doctor’s office), archive box or document storage, or even in schools, but they’re flexible enough to have their benefits realized in any business, regardless of industry. Whether an office setting or a store room, the ability to move stock with limited activity and recoup up to 50% or more of your space is good for business.
The principle of mobile shelving is straightforward and simple. Shelves that move and that do not require several access aisles. Shelving units are mounted on custom sized carts which sit on rails either embedded within your floor, or more commonly sitting on top of your existing floor. In this latter case, a raised deck of approximately 1 to 3 inches is built so that the top of the rails sit flush with the top of the deck; therefore eliminating a potential tripping hazard. This raised deck will have a sloped transition from the deck to your original floor all sitting within the perimeter of your shelving system. The carts that are now supporting your shelving will have a wheel directly linked to either your hand crank or a self contained motor. What was once one aisle for every back to back shelf will now become one aisle to be shared amongst 7 or 8 back to back shelves.
Mobile shelving systems are surface mounted and do not require additional building works or fixing to the floor. They can even be installed on tile floors. Installation is noise and dust free and quicker than most other systems, keeping disruption to your business to a minimum. These systems can also be tailored to your floor space for added elements of customization much easier then conventional shelving.
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