Are you running out of space? Are your staff spending too much time trying to find stock? Are you constantly working around that bulky item that just doesn’t fit anywhere? Sounds like you need to review your warehouse space.
Developing a plan using your existing premises that maximises every centimetre of space whilst ensuring your site is working efficiently will improve order accuracy, increase staff efficiencies, minimise stock wastage and provide a safe working environment.
It’s crucial when addressing your storage challenges that you look at the big picture. The most effective storage solution needs to consider workflows, the frequency of stock use, site considerations, your budget and your future plans. That’s why our Pallet Racking Solutions consultants undertake an in-depth site visit to create a racking solution that’s going to maximise your warehouse space to suit your specific needs.
Here are some ways you can maximise your space
Reduce aisle widths
Are your aisles the right width? Massive space gains can be achieved by designing aisles to be the minimum width to match the material handling equipment you’re using, whilst still being able to operate efficiently. Narrow aisle racking uses regular pallet racking components, but spaces the aisles closer together. Our team can advise on the latest trends in material handling equipment.
Use cantilever racking
Versatile cantilever racking is excellent for long or heavy loads such as pipes or timber, and items of varying length. This racking is highly customisable and allows easy access to products regardless of their shape and size.
Ensure you’re using all the vertical space available, whilst complying with fire and emergency lighting requirements as well as meeting council building consent needs. In many cases you can still utilise your existing pallet racking and we can install splice kits and additional beams to realise the additional height.
Adjust your beam levels
One of the keys to success is ensuring you’re not storing air around an item. Changing your beam levels can allow several extra levels in each bay if you’ve effectively identified what gets used and when and adjusted your storage layout to suit. Our team can assess, advise and shift beams levels as required.
Add a level
Installing a raised storage platform, over the top of your current operations is a more cost-effective option than extending the current floor area and a whole lot less disruptive. Pallet Racking Solutions consultants would consider weight rating, height clearance above and beneath the floor and ensure restraints and barriers are used to keep staff safe.
Use wire mesh shelving
Wire mesh shelving and dividers complement selective pallet racking, long span shelving and other racking solutions. It gives strong support for boxes or other non-palletised loads, or loads not deep enough to sit on beams. Even if you want to store a pallet full of product, storing the goods off the pallet and directly on the wire mesh shelf frees up that extra space the pallet took up.
Try double-deep racking
Pallets are stored 2-deep and accessed using special trucks. Designed for excellent storage capacity, this system uses floor space efficiently by reducing the number of access aisles needed, and means forklifts have less distance to travel.
Use wire mesh cages
Wire mesh cages and stillages are a perfect solution for storing bulky and heavy items as they’re sturdy and durable, yet lightweight, and are invaluable when you need to store and move products in volume.
Use pick bins
Pick bins, parts trays and stackable storage boxes come in a huge range of shapes and sizes and utilise space brilliantly. These all interlock and can be used to create various bin depths in the same bay to best suit the stock size.
Call us today to maximise your warehouse space
These options are simply a starting point. Pallet Racking Solutions can design and build you a storage system that will increase both your capacity and product flow while adhering to local council compliance.
Updating your racking doesn’t need to cost as much as you think. We have a large amount of second-hand stock that might suit your needs, or if you’re making large scale changes then we can buy your redundant racking from you.
If you’re looking for outstanding service, professional installation, and experienced advice, then look no further than Pallet Racking Solutions. We’re proudly Kiwi owned and operated, and our end-to-end service offers safe pallet racking that supports the success of your business.
Contact us today to arrange a free racking audit to maximise your space and improve site efficiencies.
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