Temperature Controlled Storage

Temperature-controlled storage is a subject that is getting significant attention lately, and for a good reason. It is integral to the storage and supply of climate-sensitive items such as food, pharmaceuticals, and similar items. If these items rest for too long in the wrong climate – without temperature-controlled storage – they could be damaged or ruined. Of course, that loss of inventory the last thing anyone wants for their business.

The growing popularity of e-commerce, also known as the “Amazon Effect,” brings with it the need for more temperature-controlled storage space in warehouses and distribution centers across the globe. Citing a 2019 report published by Los Angeles industrial retail giant CBRE, experts anticipating an expected expansion of more than 30 million square feet of cold storage by 2024. The demand for these types of facilities is “niche, but one that is really going to take off,” according to the CRBE.

Temperature controlled space can be costly to construct and operate. Common challenges also include creating a design that is optimal for employee working conditions, safety, and maximizing storage capacity within the cubic space available.

When going this route for your company, you will 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.

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When I started working at Storage Solutions, it became apparent that I would be learning things I never in my life imagined would be important to my career. Now, I’ve covered pallet rack and fork lifts but what about shipping? Everything we do, everything that every business does, requires logistics. Trucking, shipping, hauling, freight, whatever you want to call it, everyone needs it, and it’s what I chose to cover on this issue of The Rookie Blog.

I’ve been noticing semi trucks more and more. Not because I want to stick my arm out the window to make the driver honk (even though I do) but because I want to see what they are hauling. Maybe some beams, maybe some uprights? I know, exciting stuff, but still interesting to pay attention to something that you never noticed in the past.

Did you know…  
flatbed shipping

  • A typical flatbed trailer is 48 ft. long?
  • A standard van is 53 ft. long?
  • Uprights come in bundles of 15?
  • Beams come in bundles of 30?
  • Wire decks come in bundles of 40?
  • What a bundle was when I started writing this?!

These are a few things that need to be taken in to consideration when scheduling shipping for our wide variety of new equipment and used equipment. I never thought much about the difference in semi trailers. Some are covered, some aren’t, some big, some small, but I was thrown for a major loop the first time I heard the term ‘Van’. As someone not thinking in terms of logistics ‘Van’ puts one image in my head, mom picking me up from practice. However, van has a separate meaning. A Van refers to a freight or box trailer which is your typical rectangular, covered, box looking semi trailer.

The other type of trailers we utilize are ‘Flatbeds’, also known as a platform trailer. Flatbeds are the trailers you see that are just a flat platform, sort of like the name implies! These can be ordered with a tarp to cover whatever material you might be shipping and are pretty handy for hauling beams and uprights.  A forklift driver would have a pretty hard time trying to fit 144 in. uprights through a Van door that’s only 99 in. wide! Instead, they can drive up on the side of the flat bad and set them down running parallel to the trailer.

Pretty easy stuff right?

Maybe for someone that’s handled this sort of information before but every load is going to be different which makes the next step even tougher. Going through the items that are being shipped and figuring out what will/won’t fit on a van/flat is like a geometry puzzle. Again, easy for someone who’s done it before, not so much for the first timer (me). As a visual person it’s much easier for me to understand something like this if I draw it out and as someone who lacks any artistic ability my drawings of overhead trailer views and measurements are quite comical.

It’s always good to learn new things and it only gets easier from here… Well, I doubt it, but I’d rather have a challenging job that forces me to progress instead of sticking to the same old routine every day!

This Week’s Term Of The Week:  Wire Decking

Wire decking is used in pallet rack and other types of storage rack. Made from galvanized steel, wire decking enables you to store a wider variety of items. This aspect of pallet racking also protects against falling inventory that may result from pallet bundlers or damaged/misplaced pallets.

Wire DeckingThe rack is created with welded wire mesh with integrated support channels that are welded to the bottom of the span that is between the rack beams and carries the load. It can be created to accommodate any depth of rack or beam length. It can also be designed/built for a range of load bearing capacities.

Buying used wire decks can be an extremely easy way to cut down on expenses. Storage Solutions has a large selection of used beams, used uprights, and used wire decks for you to choose from. We specifically store our pallet racks inside our warehouse; that way we can ensure that all of our customers receive the highest quality of used wire decking available.

Source: WikiMHEDA/Wire Decking

Thanksgiving-Charlie-Brown-SnoopyHello all, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Storage Solutions!  Yes, it is once again that time of year; the time when we celebrate the coming together of different groups of people (the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock, and the Native American tribe the Wampanoag Indians) for the autumn harvest feast that we now call Thanksgiving.  It was a simpler time in 1621, and the first Thanksgiving meal shared by the colonists was vastly different from our modern Thanksgiving traditions. The only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl.  However, it can be assumed that the Pilgrims didn’t enjoy a number of the vegetable dishes that we commonly have in our modern day Thanksgiving celebrations.

There are two main reasons for this.  Vegetables typically didn’t play a large part in the feast mentality of the seventeenth century.  It was also very difficult for the early settlers to keep food preserved for long periods of time.  So, depending on the time of year, many vegetables weren’t available to the colonists.

A lot has changed over the last few hundred years that has enabled us to enjoy such commodoties as pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce on our beloved turkey day.  One of the main factors contributing to our ability to have such an eclectic array of food on Thanksgiving has been the evolution of food storage and preservation techniques. The preservation of harvested and prepared food for future consumption is one of the oldest practical arts, and a necessity that developed from the sheer need to survive in a hostile environment where fresh food was not always available.  Early methods of food preservation ranged from drying fruits and vegetables, to salting and smoking meats.

Modern day techniques for storing and preserving food are much more advanced.  Typically, perishable food products will be stored and shipped in coolers or freezers to help preserve the food.  There are entire warehouses, which are basically giant freezers, that are optimal for storing mass amounts of perishable goods.  One important factor in the storing of these foods is the type of pallet rack being utilized.  It is important to use the appropriate type of racking in the food industry to maintain a clean environment. For this reason, structural C-channel rack is preferred over tubular rack because if something spills, it is easier to clean the open C-channel than it is to clean inside the closed tubular channel.  Another type of rack that is typically associated with the food industry is two deep pushback pallet rack.  Only going two pallets deep per row helps keep the product moving quickly as opposed to sitting on the shelf for an extended period of time.

There are some foods, such as ice cream, which need to be kept at extremely low temperatures.  Ice cream is typically kept at a temperature of -25°F, and these extreme conditions can cause an increased amount of strain on the racking equipment and materials.  It is recommended that a rack inspection be performed at least once annually, but more frequent inspections can be recommended depending on the amount of damage inflicted on the racks by the fork lifts and trucks.  Storage Solutions offers a warehouse safety service, where we will come in and make sure that all of the racking welds and anchors are in proper condition.

Thanks for joining us for another Storage Solutions blog post.  Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!