Every inch of warehouse space is a precious commodity, and it seems that there is never quite enough room for everything. Despite the best planning, warehouses often run into problem such as flow issues and unloading difficulties that restrict the available space. In fact, it’s rare to actually be able to use your warehouse to its fullest theoretical storage capacity. Factors such as pallet size and storage requirements can actually bring that number down quite significantly.
Ideally, you should be able to use at least 90 percent of your warehouse’s theoretical capacity. If you’re finding this number to be closer to 60 or 70 percent for your operations, you need to consider an overhaul.
If flow is your main concern, you might want to consider a switch to pallet flow racks. Placing these racks in just the right configuration can help people and equipment flow much better in the warehouse, thereby increasing safety. Not only does this make loading and unloading easier, which boosts productivity, but it also gives plenty of room for material handling equipment to pass so that traffic patterns can be set up that are most amenable to activities such as picking, loading and unloading.
Another way to boost flow is to add some strategically placed conveyors. This brings the products to your workers instead of having them go to the product, saving time and requiring less physical labor.
Loading and Storage Troubles
It might be time to take a closer look at your shelving if you’re having loading and storing problems. If you’re sticking with just one type of shelving, diversifying could be quite beneficial. Selective pallet racks work well for long-term storage items, while cantilever racks can be used to stack items with unusual shapes or sizes to free up some footprint area. Those using FIFO and LIFO inventory systems can find that push back racks facilitate storing and picking.
With the right shelving, you can make the most of the available space, no matter what challenges your inventory poses.
This blog post was based off of an article from Atlantic Rack. View the original here.