Shelving optimizes storage and space in a warehouse. It is essential to save time when organizing inventory. Successful shelving requires consideration of the specific needs of the warehouse, which vary depending on the configuration of the space, the size of the room, and the products to be stored. In some cases, racking is easy to achieve, but it can be difficult in other circumstances.
However, shelving has a great influence on the operation of a warehouse. Among other things, they create shelves according to the type of products to be stored and carry out the layout of your warehouse. For the sake of efficiency, it is advisable to call on a company that specializes in this field.
The objective of a good layout
Industrial shelving is not limited to the organization of stocks in a warehouse. Indeed, it is part of the elements that ensure its optimal functioning. In this case, it must depend on certain elements.
The functioning of the warehouse
Far from being a simple storage space, the warehouse is also a movement center for all kinds of products. Indeed, this space is daily animated by the arrival and departure of products. To save time in the various operations, the layout and storage of products must facilitate this movement.
The type of product to be stored
The storage in a warehouse must meet the specific needs of each type of product. In this case, we are talking about the size and weight of these products, but also other specific conditions of storage. This is necessary to choose the material for the shelves and determine the space dedicated to each product to be stored.
The essential steps to realize industrial shelving. Space development in a warehouse goes through several stages, namely the determination of needs, design, and implementation.
Analysis of the environment
This is an essential step in setting up an efficient racking system for a warehouse. It consists in delimiting the different zones according to their specificities. Mapping the whole warehouse allows for defining the location of the shelves according to the needs.
This preliminary study also makes it possible to choose the most suitable shelving according to the available space (vertical, sheet metal, or tubular shelving).
The implementation of the layout
Once the different areas of the warehouse have been defined, you can move on to the installation stage. To do this, it is essential to proceed progressively by revising the plans each time, in particular, certain elements:
The installation must not hinder access to the emergency exits to ensure optimal safety.
The support of the installations
The racking usually occupies a large part of the warehouse. However, it should not be installed on elements such as beams and pipes. For elements that have to support heavy loads, it may be necessary to lean them against a wall.
The choice of height
The height allows compensates for the lack of space for small surface warehouses. However, it is essential to choose a reasonable height for practical reasons (accessibility of products) and security reasons (stability of structures).
Elements to optimize the practicality of the warehouse.
Shelving is not only about storage but also about the functional aspect of the warehouse. In this case, the storage must facilitate circulation and handling.
The aisles must be wide enough for the handling equipment to move around easily. The height should also be calculated to facilitate the handling of the products. Aisles must also be clearly marked with clear signs (shelf numbers).
Compliance with these principles is essential for successful industrial shelving, and for this, it is essential to call on professionals to help you out with this one. The company specializes in the design of industrial warehouses and commercial premises, offering solutions tailored to customers’ specific needs in terms of layout.
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