Warehouse managers have many jobs, and one of the most important of these is to ensure that they make the most of every square foot of their warehouse space. The ability to bring in and store stock and then get it out quickly to customers is a crucial element of maximizing profits.
Innovations in the design and features of storage racks mean there are a host of options for warehouse owners to pursue. Wire shelving, cantilever rack systems, high-density storage shelving units, and pallet racks are just some of the equipment that can help to transform storage space.
Cantilever racking systems are easily installed and are a leading choice when working with unusually long and heavy materials. Steel piping, timber, materials for shipbuilding, and other heavy manufacturing work can benefit from the rack’s ability to hold very long items.
Additionally, a cantilever rack can support very cumbersome inventory, which carries a lot of weight. For structural steel, it is a capable storage rack that is also versatile.
Users can assemble a cantilever rack to be accessible from both sides. The ability to store material deep into a shelving unit means they can keep more items at the same time. Also, although they can hold very hefty materials, they can be built up vertically.
Forklift or crane operators can collect items that they have stored securely in the higher arms from both sides of the structure. For industrial storage, a cantilever racking system is an excellent option.
Drive-in racking systems are advantageous in busy warehouses where stock is continually on the move. Known as a high-density racking option, they allow many items of inventory to be tightly stored into small spaces, freeing vital floor space for other stock.
The user stores inventory on a drive-in rack on a ‘first in, last out’ basis. In other words, users will store an item at the back of the unit and then stack towards the front. Users
should be organized and have an explicit knowledge of which items are likely to be required in which order.
Employees should be able to locate and collect an item with the least possible fuss. If they follow a plan when stocking the drive-in rack, then they will be efficient while keeping the items in a way that maximizes the floor space.
Pallet Rack Systems
Businesses can use a pallet rack system to their benefit in many warehouse settings. The system allows the user to stack both deeply and vertically, and forklift operators can easily remove inventory when required.
Typically, horizontal frames link with vertical structures, and the user can then use the space to store inventory that they keep on pallets. Users can benefit from this kind of racking system both for heavy-duty stock and for smaller items that re-stacked on the pallet.
Like many other kinds of storage solutions, pallet rack systems are modular, and can users can build them according to most specifications. Whether the warehouse storage area is small or covering a vast area, pallet racking could be a great fit.
Push Back Racking
Another first in, last out system, push back racking is a high-density storage system. Stabilized using either roll-formed or structural pallet racks, staff typically use the system to store pallets loaded with inventory.
The forklift operator can place a pallet on to the rack, and gravity gently eases the pallet down to the back of the storage section. Push back racking is excellent if space is at a premium, as they can hold many different sizes of a pallet, and can accommodate up to six pallets deep and four high.
The solid racks can hold inventory of different weights and sizes in a condensed area, helping a warehouse manager to store plenty of stock at one time.
Carton Flow System
Carton Flow racking can save space and lead to significant gains in productivity. Staff load packages in one area, and colleagues take them off in another. As the two spaces are entirely separate, one staff member can do one job while a colleague does another. Staff are walking around the warehouse less, not only making the floor space a safer area but also allowing them to get on with their jobs.
Time spent walking around a warehouse floor is unproductive; having more time to pick and pack means staff can work to their full potential and improve warehouse throughput.
Carton flow systems can be standalone, rack-mounted, and even mobile. The runners ensure the inventory can move freely through the system and reach their destination safely. Items damaged in the warehouse converts to lost profits and potentially unhappy customers. A business that uses a carton flow system can help to keep staff safe and be more productive, while at the same time minimizing the risk of damage to their merchandise.
There are many different types of storage racks for warehouses. The incredible range of racking solutions means that a warehouse owner must take their time when choosing the right system for them. Whether users require them for steel storage or safer material handling, there is likely to be a solution that will suit your needs.
Racking solutions aren’t just for storing items until the customer sends in their order. The solutions we offer at Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc can contribute to the efficiency and workflow of a facility. As many systems are modular in design, users can apply them to various settings.
If floor space is the priority, then a racking system that can be built vertically could be the right option. If not, then we have double-deep systems that you can install easily. Our high-density options allow warehouse owners to store large amounts of inventory in tight spaces.
Not only does this increase the number of inventory a business can carry, but it frees up floor space that warehouse managers can use to store other profitable stock, ultimately helping your bottom line.