A proper storage system is at the centre of running a successful warehouse. Without it, you’ll face problems such as poorly managed inventory, bad organization, damaged goods, over-stocking, and wrong shipments. As a result, valuable time will be wasted trying to solve these problems and your employees can face an increased risk of injuries due to working under hazardous conditions. In turn, all of this can affect how efficient, safe and profitable your warehouse is.
With that being said, every warehouse needs to come up with a proper equipment storage solution. However, not all warehouses are the same. To determine what storage equipment you need, you first need to consider the items you’re going to be storing. This can be a variety of things such as pallets, machinery parts, boxed goods for shipping, materials housed in bins, large materials for manufacturing and the list goes on.
So, if pallets make up the majority of your warehouse’s stock, you’ll need sturdy and efficient pallet racks that offers plenty of storage space. Additionally, you’ll also need pallet jacks or forklifts to be able to stock and retrieve pallets on the top shelves. Depending on the weight of the pallets, you’ll need to pick between heavy duty shelving for heavier loads and boltless shelving for lighter loads.
If your warehouse is strapped for space, you may want to consider compactor shelving on tracks. This type of equipment storage consists of shelves, racks, and cabinets that can be compacted together, which can significantly increase your footprint. The way it succeeds in this is by removing unnecessary access to aisles. The shelving is placed on mobile carriages that can move along the floor, allowing you to open an aisle when you need one. Another great thing about this type of shelving is that it allows you to store anything from office files to heavy-duty industrial equipment, electronics, boxes, automotive parts and more.
And finally, if you’re tasked with the safekeeping of chemicals and other materials which may be considered toxic or flammable, you may need a different type of storage unit. With that being said, there’s a variety of dangerous goods cabinets which are specifically designed for storing flammable liquids, gases, solid flammables, corrosive materials, organic peroxides, or oxidising substances. In Australia, it’s mandatory to use storage cabinets which comply with the AS 1940-2004 standard. These types of cabinets come with double-skimmed doors and walls that prevent the penetration or evaporation of hazardous chemicals and materials.