Is your warehouse crammed to the brim with no room to spare but moving to a larger facility isn’t a possibility? You aren’t alone. According to a recent market study, the “majority of Tier 1 cities are witnessing absolute scarcity of industrial warehousing space.”
When building isn’t an option, many manufacturers turn to industrial racks and shelving systems to upgrade their existing warehouse spaces. Industrial racks and shelving systems are an organizational tool for maximizing existing warehouse floor space while cutting down clutter.
Moving On Up: Vertical Storage
New technologies are allowing warehouse manufacturers to utilize their vertical space, reducing the need for larger facilities. “In the 1980s, the standard rack was 20 feet high. Today, that’s more than doubled to 40 feet to 50 feet, with some automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) using racking that reaches 125 feet into the air,” according to Modern Material Handling.
Mezzanine floor racking systems can also optimize the vertical space of a warehouse by doubling or tripling the usable surface area. These can be built on top of other racks systems further increasing useable space.
Faster Turn-Around Time
Unlike costly and time-consuming warehouse renovations, racking, shelving and mezzanine solutions can be installed in a fraction of the time! Any amount of downtime on a shop floor can have ripple effects to the end consumer. The majority of industrial rack solutions can be implemented with little shop floor disruption so your warehouse productivity isn’t impacted.
Shop Floor Safety
It’s impossible to leave out worker safety as one of the biggest benefits of investing in industrial racks and storage solutions. An organized shop floor is a safe floor. Having the right storage systems is also important for reducing employee work-related accidents.
Choosing a Racking and Storage System
Not all racking is the same, and spending time researching different storage solutions before you begin production can make a big difference in the long run. Wakefield Equipment offers a variety of storage solutions for all shapes and sizes of materials. Our experts can help design a storage system that makes sense for your space, product, and budget. Give us a call!