Teardrop Pallet Rack

Recently, Storage Solutions posted a blog called All You Need To Know About Pallet Racks, which overviews different designs we have in stock at our warehouse in Westfield, IN. This blog will go more in-depth on the Teardrop Pallet Rack design.

The Teardrop Pallet Rack is constructed of cold-rolled steel, which is commonly referred to as “roll-formed steel.” The racking structure involves an upright with open holes on its face that are shaped like “teardrops.” The structure also has beams that have connectors with “rivets” that slide into place in the teardrop punch on the face of the uprights. This type of structure allows for the simple connection of beams and uprights.

Take a look at our visual glossary to see the Teardrop design as well as others we keep in stock.

Benefits of Teardrop Pallet Rack

The Teardrop design is the most common design in the industry. Because the style is ubiquitous, beams and uprights are often interchangeable and compatible with other manufacturer designs. Therefore, it allows peace of mind when buying additional racking for your growing facility. Also, when compared to the heavier design of structural racking, the teardrop rack is the most economical.

Storage Solutions stocks Teardrop Pallet Racks that utilize a spring-activated safety lock. This lock prevents the beam from dislodging from the upright during loading and unloading. We prioritize safety in our warehouse and we want to ensure the same in your facility.

Teardrop Pallet Racks can be used to fit your specific needs and can be equipped with custom accessories to fit any function. This racking design has a wide variety of colors, sizes, and capacities so you can find the right one for you.

In addition to selling new equipment, we also sell used pallet rack beams and uprights. Check out the advantages of buying used equipment here.

Want more information on Teardrop Pallet Racks? Give us a call at 317.449.8726 or contact us here. Our team is happy to help you!

Pallet Rack Pushback Dense Solutions

Want to learn more about the pallet racks that we store in our 330,000 square foot warehouse in Westfield, IN? Keep reading to learn about our products and what our team can do for you!

There are four main components of pallet racks. Those components are uprights, beams, pallet supports or wire decking, and row spacers. These are always kept in stock at Storage Solutions. Moreover, they can be used with different pallet rack designs.

There are also four different types of pallet rack construction/connection types. The most common type is roll-formed pallet rack, which is typically manufactured in “teardrop” style and has a rivet connection where the beams connect to the upright. Another type is structural pallet rack, which is made of thicker steel c-channels and the beams are always bolted to the upright.

Rack Types and Designs

Here at Storage Solutions, we stock different pallet rack types and designs. These different pallet racks can serve many purposes throughout your warehouse.

Some of the rack types include selective pallet rack. This is the most common pallet rack used, it has low density but high selectivity(accessibility to each item). In addition, we also stock the double-deep pallet rack, which is constructed back-to-back to allow for higher storage density, utilizing fewer forklift aisles. Another design is push-back pallet rack, which uses gravity flow and inclined rails to make the placement and retrieval of pallets easy.

Drive-in/drive-thru pallet rack has a high density and low selectivity which allows for fewer forklift aisles. Forklifts can drive directly into the rack to drop off and pick up pallets. In addition, we also stock pallet flow rack. This design, which is driven by gravity, is equipped with wheels on sloped rails. This unique design allows the pallets to flow forward from the entry side of the rack to the opposite side of the rack for picking. The cantilever rack utilizes cantilevered arms to store long and narrow items.

In addition, if you want to see some images of our pallet rack types, you can view our visual glossary.

If you are interested in learning more about our pallet racks give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact us here.

Rialto California Project

We’re always up for a challenge when it comes to new facility installation! This 100,000 square foot facility in Rialto needed new material to prepare for new product and increased shipping volume in its current layout. We took on the task of installing new racking and removing old material while the facility was fully operational.

This 3-month long project revolved around the replacement of the existing equipment while working around the “operational areas”. This took a lot of coordination between the SSI Project Manager and the team on-site. Everything needed to be completely planned out so the removal and installation could be completed by the scheduled time. We were able to sequence the installation to allow the customer the necessary operating space while giving ourselves ample room to finish the project without delay.

Need some work done on a new or existing facility? Our project management team is here to help you get the job done right.

advantages of buying used equipment

There are many advantages of partnering with Storage Solutions to purchase used equipment. Our purchasing team has a system to make sure that all the equipment we re-sell is up to par with industry standards. If the equipment does not get a passing grade from our team, we send it to be scrapped. At Storage Solutions, we believe that if it is not up to our standards, we don’t expect it to be up to your standards either.

Our headquarters, located in Westfield, Indiana, is home to our 330,000 square foot facility. Our warehouse stores and protects all of our equipment which ensures the structural integrity as well as ensuring that the equipment never faces inclement weather. We also offer power washing and painting services to customize the equipment to fit your needs.

One of the main advantages of buying used equipment is that it is typically more cost effective, allowing you to get more for your money. In addition, our quick response on quotes and minimal lead time is great if you need a quick turnaround. We ship the equipment from our facility to yours, no delay!

Why partner with Storage Solutions?

Working with Storage Solutions also has its advantages. Our knowledge of the industry and our solution-centered attitude will provide you with peace of mind. We specialize in the sale of both used and new material, seeking to give customers a variety of options. Along with this, our team provides quick and thorough responses on all proposals, allowing you to operate on the shortest project schedule possible. Our AutoCAD team can assist you on any needed initial blueprints or layouts. Once completed, our project management teams will complete the project execution and oversee the in-house installation, all while providing you with one source and one result.

Storage Solutions receives new shipments of equipment daily, so inventory is constantly changing. For questions about our inventory or how we can help with your next project, call 866.474.2001 or contact us here.

Not sure what type of solution is right for you? Learn more about the different new and used storage solutions we offer, including simple, dense, picking, and specialty solutions.

Picking Solutions Storage Solutions

At Storage Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering customers a solution for every square foot of their operation. We group our solutions into four main categories. These include simple, dense, picking and specialty solutions.

Simple Solutions

If you’re looking for a basic storage solution to get your facility organized, then our simple solutions might be just what you need. Our simple offerings include pallet rack, shelving, mezzanines and more. Within those categories, we offer a variety of styles, colors and capacities designed to work with whatever your needs may be.

Dense Solutions

Our dense solutions are perfect for anyone trying to decrease their facility footprint. Dense solutions include pushback, pallet flow, drive in/drive thru, and semi-automated deep lane storage. These solutions allow you to maximize your facility storage by using the space you have to the fullest.

Picking Solutions

If your main goal within your operation is to increase efficiency and decrease labor costs, then a picking solution may be the best option for you. These solutions include pick modules, carton flow, and light-duty cantilever. Any of these options will provide the boost you need in your day-to-day operations.

Specialty Solutions

Finally, we have our specialty solution offering. If you have a need that seems somewhat out of the ordinary, then one of our specialty solutions can probably help! These include tube rack, dual load, drive-in and cantilever. These solutions are perfect for high seismic areas, for storing oddly shaped items and more!

Regardless of what your needs are, we have a team of experts in place to analyze your operation and help. We love working with our customers to make sure all of their needs are being met. Learn more about our storage solutions here or contact us today to help you select the best possible solution for your facility.

Let us help you wrap up 2018!

As we near the middle of December comes the realization that there is not much time before the end of 2018. While reflecting on your accomplishments over this year, it’s also important to think about how you can meet more of your goals before years-end. While we may not be able to help complete all of your 2018 goals, we would love to help you finish out the year strong!

Now is the time to decide on what to do with the rest of your budget so you don’t lose it next year!

Whether that means getting some new equipment for your facility or upgrading to some state of the art robotics, Storage Solutions is here to help! Take advantage of our new partnership with Fetch Robotics and check out the autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in action here. Or, take a look at our equipment page and see what pallet racking will fit your solution best in preparation for 2019.

Our year-end goals are helping you reach yours. Let us know if we can do that with some new state of the art technology, new or used equipment or using one of our many warehouse services, we are here to help! Contact us today to get started!

Broken Case Picking Phases

There are so many options available for Storage Solutions to address your broken case picking operational challenges. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you are matching the right approach to what your warehouse needs. The more challenging your needs are, the more likely you are to be able to make a business case with a relatively short-term ROI for more complex solutions.

Our team uses a variety of criteria to decide what equipment, automation, and technology are best to optimize each solution. The volume of items being picked is a crucial entity of this process, so we’re going to walk through some examples of what we can do to tailor each operation for peak efficiency. We will break this down into four levels of pick activity including low, medium and high-volume operations, along with advanced systems for very high volume and complex operations.

Phase 1: Low Volume

In a low volume broken case picking operation, we typically see little or no automation and limited technology solutions. Limited labor requirements make it difficult to show an ROI for complex solutions. You are most likely dealing with bin shelving or hand stack pallet rack for a storage method. These operations often use paper pick lists or RF scanning technology to manage orders. With a low volume of items picked, frequently the most cost-effective method would involve using a manual pick cart or gravity conveyor to move through the order selection process.

Phase 2: Medium Volume

For a medium volume picking operation, simple automation and technology solutions are often warranted. More dense storage methods such as carton and pallet flow are often found in these systems. Lower level automation such as powered conveyor and vertical lift machines (VLMs) may be cost-justified as well. Simple technology solutions like pick to light carts or put to light walls are other types of equipment that can be utilized in a medium volume operation. Semi-automated tapers with void fill machines may also be the best option to maximize productivity in the packing area.

Phase 3: High Volume

Next, for a high volume picking operation, automation and technology solutions will most likely be involved. While the storage methods may be similar to a medium volume operation, the overall facility solution may be configured differently. A multi-level pick module or pick zone based solution will often make the most sense. A warehouse control system (WCS) software solution may be required to manage automation components. Packing and shipping are also more likely to rely on automation. The packing process could benefit from fully automated packing list insertion and fully automated tapers, weigh in motion scales & print & apply labeling.

Phase 4: Advanced

Finally, the last pick activity level we will cover is advanced broken case picking. Advanced volume picking will benefit the most from having the bulk of the operation automated. This equipment can include various powered conveyor, sortation, semi-automated deep lane storage, ASRS, mobile robotics or other “goods to man” solutions. The picking process will likely incorporate high-level technology solutions like voice directed picking. Packing and shipping will also rely heavily on automation. Solutions such as automated unit sortation, weigh in motion scales, automated print/apply shipping labeling, and automated carrier diverts are also substantial automation and technology facets that often get incorporated in these solutions.

Every level of activity brings a different challenge, so it is important to plan for growth. We are here to help you implement the optimal facility to meet your current & future business needs. Our team will be with you throughout the process, making sure that we get you everything you need down to the finest detail.

Click here to read more about how we can optimize your broken case picking facility!

Temperature Controlled Storage

Temperature controlled storage is a topic that is getting a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. It is an integral part of storing climate-sensitive items such as food, pharmaceuticals and similar items. If these items are stored in the wrong climate, without temperature controlled storage, they could be ruined. Of course that is the last thing anyone wants for their business.

The growing popularity of e-commerce brings with it the need for more temperature controlled space in facilities across the globe. With experts anticipating an expected expansion of more than 30 million square feet of cold storage in the next few years, the need for these types of facilities is on the rise.

Temperature controlled space can be costly to construct and operate. When going this route for your company, you want a partner that can give you the exact solution that meets your needs. By working with our expert design team, you can rest easy knowing you will get optimal utilization out of your facility. Our priority is to make sure that not only are your needs met, but that your project is also completed on time and on budget.

Available Solutions for Temperature Controlled Storage

Is a temperature controlled facility the next step for your business? Click here to learn more about how we can help you with your specialized storage needs!

Tight Deadlines in Flint Michigan

Have hard deadlines? Need to continue operations during install? No problem! Storage Solutions is here to accommodate all of your warehouse needs and make sure your project goes off without a hitch. Let us be the ones to take on your project!

Our latest warehouse project took us up north to Pure Michigan. With tight deadlines and the need to stay open during installation, we had our work cut out for us.

Products Installed:

  • Pallet Racking with Skatewheel
  • Carton Flow
  • Wire Mesh Backstops
  • Wire Decking

Project Details

The customer had a firm deadline for the project’s completion. Storage Solutions had to install runs of racking in one area, then move to another area to install. This was so the customer associates could load the racking and train on picking while we completed the install. This was an active facility throughout the entire project.

SSI install leaders and project managers worked directly with the customer to ensure a fluid transition.  This allowed us to keep install moving along efficiently while the customer could also stay up with daily operations. In the end, we were able to complete the project 4 days ahead of schedule!

Click here for a time-lapse video of the project!

Inventory Blowout

We have great news, Storage Solutions is having an inventory blowout right now! In order to make room for more products in 2018, we are moving select items in our warehouse! If you have a need for used equipment, now is the time to stop by our outlet website and take a look at our material.

We stocked up on used inventory and are now passing the savings onto you! Furthermore, this means that we have high-quality pre-owned equipment up to 70% off!

We have a wide variety of used equipment on our clearance website where we have copious amounts of beams, uprights, shelves and so much more!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Then visit our buy equipment page for our full list of products!