To have an efficient and safe work place, your warehouse has to be utilized well. Having the right amount of storage and space can create a more productive work flow. These three methods can help increase warehouse space to allow for more storage.
- Pallet Racking
Adjusting the pallet rack design can be your storage solution. Rows of racks can be moved up or down, and shelving can be added to create more room for pallets. Drive-In and drive-thru pallets are also alternative for spacing issues. The variety of styles and configurations of pallet racking maximize your warehouse space and help you operate more efficiently.
- Equipment Selection
While racking and shelving can be altered, selecting the right equipment for warehouse is also a great way to create more space. Since aisle width can be adjusted, one should consider the height and width of the aisles for the type of equipment they choose. A narrow aisle, 8.5 to 10.5 inches wide, are best for reach trucks, pallet jacks, and certain forklifts. A few styles of standard forklifts and reach trucks can move materials up to 36 feet high.
- Height and Width
Expanding the height or decreasing aisle width are two solutions for providing that extra storage space. Upward expansion can meet safety and seismic concerns, and you’re only limited to the height of the ceiling. For those needing daily access to inventory, upward expansion may not be ideal. Mezzanines can also provide another level of space for storage, offices, or work stations. Also, you must be aware of spacing beneath light fixtures and sprinkler heads. Be sure to measure the width of aisles because majority of aisles are underutilized and can be decreased in size. Columns from racking can also affect the width of the aisle. Adjusting the pallet racking from vertical to horizontal can hide the columns within the racking.