The selection of a distribution system is one of the first steps toward creating a functional and ordered warehouse (or systems). Naturally, this is not a decision to be made lightly; warehouse storage systems are a significant capital investment that, depending on the configuration and how they work into your warehouse floor plan and processes, will either support or hinder your throughput.
Since there are many types of commercial moving and storage systems on the market today, it is important to familiarise yourself with the alternatives before being sold to one that does not fit your architecture or support the need for versatility.
Static shelves, as the name implies, are storage mechanisms that are intended to remain stationary. For the most part, they are designed to carry relatively light inventory (a few hundred pounds per shelf). It’s widely used for storing inventory that has to be replenished on a regular basis. Static shelving is typically used for inventory that must be manually selected, positioned, and/or sorted because it is incompatible with forklifts. Invest in a wide-span shelving device for your greater product, which can carry more weight and be used in higher-elevation setups.
Shelving on Wheels
Mobile shelving, like static shelving, is a fully customizable option for holding your hand-picked pieces, but the distinction here is that all of these systems are built to accommodate more items with less space. Shelves or cabinets are installed on carriage and rail structures with mobile shelving, removing fixed aisles and increasing efficiency by making inventory more available even though space is limited. Grade tracks, which can be either manual or mechanised, are often used in mobile shelving designs. Some also have lock mechanisms to manage access to inventory.
Racking for Pallets
Pallet racking systems are typically regarded as the focal point of the service in the busiest and biggest warehouses. Pallet racking systems are often made of wood, aluminium, or plastic and are used to store product that is delivered in huge crates. The boxes are mounted on the pallet racking machine using a forklift or an automatic mechanism, depending on their height.
Racking of Several Levels
Multi-tier racking is a device that is built to maximise vertical space and is an excellent solution for large stocks of goods with minimal unit sizes. Since no warehouse is one-size-fits-all, several multi-tier racking solutions are adaptable, allowing you to add or subtract tiers based on the current requirements.
Generally, multi-tier racking is used for comparatively light objects that are picked and sorted by hand. To get the best out of this warehouse storage structure, plan each tier strategically and stack things as tightly as possible while keeping weight restrictions.
Partitions made of wire
Wire partitions are essentially carefully positioned wire cages that are designed to be quickly and efficiently assembled and dismantled. Inventory housed inside wire partitions is often the inventory that requires special protection.
If you can see, there is a wide variety of commercial moving and storage systems available, and as time goes by, the warehouse storage world will get lighter, more economical, and technologically advanced.