Despite its negative effects, lack of space is a complaint we hear often. Why is running out of storage space so common?
Insufficient space can be due to the following reasons:
- Storage racking doesn’t suit inventory type
- Storage layout isn’t optimised for your business
- Industrial shelving doesn’t have a high enough capacity
- Underutilised space, e.g. not storing upwards or wasting floor space
But what solves the problem of warehouse storage clutter? Before hunting for a new place, think about how you can maximise your workspace without moving. The first thing to do is evaluate your storage. You can increase space up to 50% with the right system!
What warehouse shelving should you choose? The most productive and profitable workplaces are planned and fitted with high-quality storage from the beginning, like this pallet racking for a brand new warehouse. So what storage do we stock? APEX!
Why APEX racking is the best warehouse shelving
APEX racking is:
- Durable: Withstands a higher level of impact and retains its shape better than other products on the market.
- Safe: Complies with Australian Standard 4084-2012 and can withstand high levels of impact.
- Adaptable: Customisable to fit all warehouse storage requirements and can be adapted to serve you best.
- Organised: It will organise your warehouse to improve workflow and productivity.
6 types of APEX warehouse shelving that will maximise your warehouse space
Racking is an industrial storage system designed to store pallets on multiple levels. It’s available in different styles, including selective, drive-in, double-deep and narrow aisle.
Here, we will go through the different types of APEX racking and how each of them maximises space.
- What is it: Selective racking is a type of warehouse racking that stores heavy pallets vertically at a depth of one pallet, arranged into single and back-to-back runs retrieved independently.
- How it maximises space: Selective racking maximises space by storing pallets using the FIFO principle (First in, First out). Pallets are visible and accessible, which means inventory won’t sit around taking up valuable space.
- Suits: Warehouses with high volume of mixed pallets.
- What is it: Drive-in racking is a single-entry drive-in or drive-through system accessible to forklifts. Forklift operators can drive in or out from either side, allowing easy access. It uses the FILO principle (First in, Last out).
- How it maximises space: Drive-in racking is a high-density storage racking solution, with 70% greater storage capacity than selective pallet racking.
- Suits: Warehouses with a low number of high volume, high turnover lines where time and volume are of the essence.
- What is it: Double-deep pallet racking is similar to selective racking, except it stores pallets at a two-deep density.
- How it maximises space: Back-to-back storage means two pallets are accessible from the same aisle, which means you can reduce aisle space.
- Suits: Warehouses with large volumes, limited product lines and high turnover.
Narrow aisle racking
- What is it: Narrow aisle pallet racking is a selective racking system with narrow aisles.
- How it maximises space: Narrow aisle racking maximises floor space by utilising height and reducing aisle space. You can save up to 50% more space, which could result in lowering your building costs.
- Suits: Customers with med-high levels of inventory with limited floor space.
- What is it: Cantilever racking systems are ideal for storing long, bulky or awkward lightweight loads such as pipe, wire and timber off the ground horizontally..
- How it maximises space: Cantilever racking systems maximise space by storing pipes, wood, beams and rods off the floor.
- Suits: Light Duty suits hand-stacked materials in workshops and warehouses, such as plumbing, electrical and timber industries. Medium duty systems require a forklift and suit heavier loads that can not be hand unloaded.
- What is it: Longspan shelving is designed for small to medium non-palletised items. It’s highly customisable, with the choice of multiple lengths and heights, as well as shelf materials such as particle board, mesh decks and galvanised panels.
- How it maximises space: Longspan shelving is versatile shelving that can be used to store various items and easily squeeze into tight places. It’s a great add-on for the smaller things you want to store.
- Suits: Non-palletised items in warehouses, workshops and residential garages.
The most productive and profitable workplaces are planned and fitted out well from the beginning. Start your warehouse right with APEX.
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