Maximising existing space in a warehouse allows for improved efficiency and productivity. It can be achieved in a number of ways, such as installation of mezzanine floors or alternatively, using much taller pallet racking. Going up rather that looking for a larger floor space to accommodate racking and shelving of standard height gains more attention. Is it really working and what should you bear in mind if you consider such solution?
Working at much bigger heights is always associated with higher risks of injuries. So personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment that prevents falling from heights, is a must. Standard platforms might not reach required heights or not be stable enough to keep a worker safe at 20 feet high. Make sure that the equipment you were using in the past will still be suitable for taller pallet racking.
Research and take time to properly plan
As with all innovative solutions, in-depth research before implementing it in a work place is an important planning step. You should consult a specialist, because although you probably know your warehouse best, getting a second and even third opinion is in most cases extremely beneficial. Each warehouse is different and has different space constraints. You therefore need an engineer to assess current racking and provide you with bespoke design. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution!
Enjoy improved efficiency
Expansion of pallet racking and shelving will definitely have a positive impact on the efficiency of your work. By going vertical, you don’t reduce floor space available for forklift manoeuvring and movement of loads. This way you can vastly improve efficiency and productivity in your warehouse. Make sure to have the right planning requirements and conform to regulations regarding stored weights. You can get systems up to 20 or even 30 feet tall, just imagine the opportunities this holds for your business!