In order to provide the level of service their clients depend upon, warehouse owners must ensure they choose their equipment with care and that they utilise their storage space as fully and efficiently as possible. In practice, it is the care taken over the former that will make it possible to ensure the most efficient utilisation of the available space. To be certain that this initial choice will be the most appropriate one, it will be necessary to identify the precise needs of the particular operation.
Given the increasingly high cost of either renting or purchasing premises, when a wholesaler or distributor is faced with the need to accommodate large quantities of multiple stock items within a limited area, the only practical solution will often be to extend upwards. In such cases, the most effective means to extend the warehouse storage space vertically will be with some form of shelving, and adding forklifts to the equipment list is likely to prove necessary to cater for the resulting higher placement of some of the stored goods.
As the height at which items will be stored is increased, the need will be for a structure with increased stability, and so the type of shelving one chooses will be a crucial factor in determining the success of the proposed installation. If the project is to be undertaken by the company’s employees, its design must also be such that the shelving can be assembled and disassembled fairly quickly and without the need for any special tools or expertise.
The most suitable form of warehouse equipment for high-density storage purposes is the riveted unit. Because these units do not employ bolts, they are quick to install and the only tool that will be required is a rubber mallet. The design provides for flexibility of spacing between shelves and so customising them to meet variable load requirements is simple.
Where only lighter items are to be stored, standard, bolted shelving offers a cost-effective solution that may be combined with the use of automated, guided carts. Although installation may take a little longer, it is still simple enough to be tackled in-house. Pallet racking can be used as shelving and is able to support a mezzanine floor, a warehouse equipment option that could limit the required storage height and allow the upper deck area to accommodate offices that were previously occupying valuable space at ground level.
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