At RMH Systems, we sell a lot of industrial shelving for warehouses. But we’re also experts at warehouse layout design, and we’d be more than happy to help you set up your space for maximum efficiency.
Sometimes we sell pallet racks and offer our services at warehouse optimization, but the buyers don’t take us up on it. We won’t tell you who they are, but we’ve had people come back to us later asking us to help make the most of their space. Here are the most common mistakes that warehouse managers make when they try to handle their warehouse layout optimization themselves.
Putting Storage Racks Up Against the Walls
It’s perfectly natural to think that pushing a row of shelving up against the walks. After all, if that space isn’t used, then it’s completely wasted…right?
As counterintuitive as it might seem, putting storage racks up against the walls isn’t always the most efficient use of space. Sometimes it is, but other times it depends on the size of the warehouse, the access needed to each side of the shelving, and the entrance/exit points on the walls. The walls can be part of the aisles instead of the shelving. Don’t believe us? We’d be happy to show you some examples from our warehouse optimization experts!
Don’t Forget About Traffic
Most people who are buying industrial storage racks want to cram as many of them as possible into their warehouse, and that’s understandable. After all, who wouldn’t want to get the most storage possible so that another warehouse doesn’t have to be built.
Of course, squeezing as many pallet rack shelving units as possible into a warehouse can cause big problems when it comes to traffic. Forklifts and other machinery might not be able to clear corners cleanly, leading to dropped merchandise and damaged racks. They might have to back up and pull forward multiple times just to get around corners, and trust us, you’ll hear about it if they do!
Instead of cramming everything in, contact us about warehouse layout optimization. We can get the best racks into any space in order to create the most efficient warehouse possible.
Think Like a Typewriter
Well that was certainly the strangest heading we’ve typed in a while…
What does it mean to think like a typewriter? Early typewriters were created so that the letters on the swinging arms would be most likely to come from different directions. Keys coming from the same direction were more likely to jam, so the letters were placed on the keyboard to have the arms swinging in from different directions as often as possible. How does this apply to warehouse optimization? Sometimes the most obvious placement of particular pallets isn’t the most efficient placement. You might at first thing that it’s a good idea to place your #1 seller and your #2 seller in the first and second racks. But then you might have two forklifts vying for side by side spaces at the same time. Maybe it’s better to place those products on opposites ends so that the forklifts can access them more efficiently. Our warehouse layout design experts can help.
Our Warehouse Consultants Can Help
The fact is, warehouse optimization is a lot more complex than most people realize, but working with a professional can get you a lot more out of the space you have. We’re more than happy to design an efficient pallet rack system, sell it, and install it so that you get the longest life from it and the safest use. Let’s get the process started! Click here.