Shelving + Rack Systems has been distributing material handling and storage equipment since 1979. In that time, one of the most common queries we’ve heard from our customers is how they should optimize the space in their warehouse.
Many warehouse storage operations use their space inefficiently. Even worse, some companies move to expand or purchase additional premises before they explore the options to maximize the space they already have.
Here is some of the best advice we give our customers who want to make the most of their facility’s storage when an expansion may not be a viable or cost-effective option.
1. Space-saving storage rack technology
At Shelving + Rack Systems, we provide a range of new and used storage equipment. Of the products we offer, our range of cantilever roll out racking is especially effective at maximizing the space in your warehouse.
Not only is it one of the best options for storing long, bulky, or unusually shaped products, but it is also suitable for smaller items, providing more storage space. Cantilever roll out racking incorporates mechanical arms that allow operators to extend the racks out into the aisle, making picking safer and easier.
There are two different varieties of cantilever roll out racking — static, crank-operated racks and roll out racks that can optimize your warehouse space even further in conjunction with a mobile base system. This kind of racking can also minimize aisle width if you use an overhead crane to pick products, allowing you to place a number of racks within the same amount of floor space.
Shelving + Rack Systems is a trusted supplier of cantilever roll out racking in Michigan. Contact us if you would like more information about cantilever roll out racking or any of our other space-saving storage rack technology.
2. Raise the roof
Many warehouse operations don’t make the best use of the vertical space they have. You can solve this by stacking additional pallet racks on top of your current apparatus. However, many businesses are already at full vertical capacity.
What many of them don’t know is that they may be able to reconfigure their property to provide additional space by raising the ceiling or even the roof. As with any other building work, you will need to check your local building limitations to make sure the new dimensions of the facility fall within your state’s guidelines.
3. Reduce your inventory
For some companies, space is only an issue at certain times of the year and expanding the amount of space or storage equipment in the warehouse might be an extreme solution.
Oversupply might occur during a downturn following one of your busier sales periods. If you’re running out of space in your facility but only at certain times, you may need to examine your product mix to make sure you’re buying in the correct numbers of each item based on its turnover.
These are just a few of the ways you can use the space in your facility to its fullest potential. If you’re running out of room in your warehouse and you want to avoid having to expand, contact Shelving + Rack Systems for advice.