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We recently completed a project for a new regional parts distribution center for heavy-duty mining equipment in the Southwest United States.

For this project, we had to configure a system that could accommodate various part sizes, ranging from small hardware (nuts and bolts) to extremely large and heavy items that need to be moved with an overhead crane. In response, Storage Solutions implemented a combination of bin shelving to handle the small parts storage, hand-stack rack locations for medium-sized products, and full pallet rack storage locations and decked cantilever for oversized and odd-sized products. Also, heavy-duty outdoor racking was installed for products stored in the yard.

SSI also completed all floor striping for bulk lanes, staging lanes, pedestrian aisle ways, and overhead signage. Miscellaneous additional solutions provided include:

  • Overhead Cranes – to move hefty products (over 10,000 lbs)
  • Floor Scales – to weigh inbound/outbound shipments with a capacity of up to 20,000 lbs.
  • Power Mobile Carts – to optimize worker efficiency for inbound receipt and outbound labeling process
  • Pack Stations – to optimize worker efficiency during pack out of small parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) orders

Want to learn more about past projects we have completed? Check out other case studies from a variety of project types across several industries. Let Storage Solutions be your simple, smart, and strategic partner for any of your upcoming project needs!

push back pallet rack system

To put it simply, it depends! Lots of factors come into play when deciding what type of pallet rack best suits your operation.

  1. Cost
  2. Size of the facility
  3. The clearance height of the facility’s ceiling
  4. What type of product is stored
  5. Size of pallets used
  6. What is the product turn around
  7. What kind of forklift truck used

Knowing this information can help you determine what solution will work best in your facility. 

Pallet Rack 101:

Roll Formed and Structural

A roll-formed pallet rack is the most common construction of racking. It is usually manufactured in the “teardrop” style; teardrop referring to the teardrop-shaped holes on the uprights column. It is cold rolled and typically has a rivet connection. There are few circumstances when roll-formed has a bolted connection. This type of pallet rack also tends to be less expensive because it is comprised of less steel than structural. Roll-formed uses mounting clips that can easily be adjusted to different heights according to load size, which is beneficial for warehouses that store a wide variety of product sizes.

Structural pallet rack is hot-rolled. Its components are almost always bolted together, which can easily spot structural versus roll-formed pallet rack. The horizontal load beams connect to the uprights with bolts, which increases the rack’s weight-bearing capacity. The structural pallet rack is made of thicker steel c-channels, making it the more expensive but durable pallet rack option. It is most commonly used in warehouses where inventory has a quick turnover because durability is a huge factor when accommodating heavy forklift traffic.

Uprights

  • Vertical bracing columns
  • Depth determined by product size
  • Height determined by clear height in building and forklift capabilities
  • Column size determined by capacity needed
  • The capacity of uprights determined by the spacing of beams – spacing beams far apart can create bends in the uprights, closer together makes it stronger
  • Gauge determined by capacity needed

Beams 

  • Horizontal load supports
  • Length determined by product size
  • Height determined by capacity needed
  • Gauge determined by capacity needed – lower gauge means thicker steel and higher capacity
  • Deflection in beams is how much the beam is designed to bend – deflection is typical!

Row Spacers

  • Flue space connector
  • Layout determines the length of the row spacer
  • Length determined by flue space dimensions
  • Type determined by upright to be connected to
  • Some row spacers are not interchangeable, so be aware when selling used equipment

Pallet Supports

  • Load supports connecting front and back beams
  • Length determined by the depth of upright
  • Style and gauge determined by capacity needed

Wire Decking

Wire decking is used in pallet racks and other types of storage racks. Made from steel wire, wire decking gives you the flexibility to store a variety of pallet sizes. It provides a stable surface while also maintaining an open surface, which improves fire safety by enhancing your overhead sprinkler system’s performance. Wire decking is easy to install and is virtually maintenance-free.

If you have additional questions, give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact your sales representative!

Dense Storage Solution

Warehouse managers are frequently challenged to find efficiencies in their processes, their workflows, and, most often, their storage capabilities. With dense storage solutions, warehouses managers get a solution for their problems in storage capacity by storing more product in less space.

However, finding the right storage solution may not always be as simple as asking, “Which mix of storage mediums gives me the best capacity?”.

There are several other factors to consider, including inventory style, pick process, product dimensions, and much more.

Whether warehouse managers are looking to assess and redesign their layout, or they are designing a new facility layout altogether, dense storage solutions are certainly a viable option for increasing capacity. While the three most popular options – drive-in, pushback, and pallet flow – are relatively simple to understand, which is the best for your operation? The answer may be easier to solve than you may think.

Pushback Racking

Pushback rack is a storage system that incorporates a sliding device to feed several pallets into the same pick location by “pushing back” the previous pallet. The pallets then gravity feed back to the pick location in the rack as they are removed. This type of dense storage lends itself well to a Last-In, First Out (LIFO) inventory style because, quite literally, the last pallet placed in the pushback rack is the first pallet available for picking. Typically, pushback racks are capable of storing up to six pallets at each pick location.

Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racking

Drive-in racking and drive-through racking are both similar in that they are designed for forklift operators to enter the racking system for picking purposes. However, the difference is that drive-thru racking allows the operator to pass through the rack. Drive-in/drive-thru racking is a popular storage medium because it is typically less expensive than other dense storage options. However, these styles of racking also typically accommodate less storage capacity due to ‘honeycombing’ or storage utilization challenges.

Pallet Flow

Another high-density storage system that works with storing multiple pallets in a rack is pallet flow. Pallets are loaded into the back of the rack and picked at the front. Sometimes referred to as gravity flow or dynamic flow, this system uses a slight decline plane to store pallets, allowing them to “gravity flow” toward the picking position as pallets are removed.

Which Dense Storage Solution is Best for You?

Ultimately, there are many factors to consider when determining the best mix of storage solutions for your operations. Our experts are here to guide you and walk you through the process to determine what is the optimal use of storage mediums for your facility. We have years of experience with hundreds of projects involving dense storage solutions and the expertise to match you with the equipment you need to meet today’s demands, while also factoring in growth potential.

Contact us today to get started at 800.474.2001 and let us talk about your current needs and how we can help you plan for integrating dense storage solutions.

Double-Deep Pallet Rack Term

Double-Deep Pallet Rack is a style of dense storage consisting of selective pallet racking that has been constructed back-to-back to allow for higher storage density. This style of racking requires fewer aisles, which allows for increased flexibility in warehouse design options and an increase in storage space.

Double-deep racks can be installed in a conventional warehouse or any rack-supported building. These racks provide more significant utilization of warehouse space because they store loads of materials and have a narrow aisle design.

There are some disadvantages to utilizing double-deep pallet racking as well. Because the design is placing two racks back-to-back, a double-deep rack only features a 50% selectivity area. This lack of accessibility can lead to reduced productivity and require the use of more expensive life equipment, depending on the configuration.

Typically, double-deep racking is ideal for a client that is storing pallets in a Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) inventory rotation. It is especially suitable if that product is in high volume with limited available storage space.

If you are interested in implementing Double-Deep Pallet Racking configurations or other Dense Storage Solutions in your warehouse, contact one of our Storage Solutions experts to talk about increasing your storage capacity.

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.

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.

design solution process

Here at Storage Solutions, you may know us as the “pallet rack guys”, but the truth is we offer much more than just storage equipment. One area that we have expanded on quite a bit recently is our Design Solution process. We’ve always had a team of experts in place to help you create a design layout that is right for your facility, and that isn’t changing. However, we are excited that in recent years we have grown that team to allow us to offer more complex design capabilities.

Design Solution Processes & Offerings

One way that we can work side by side with you for your design needs is our C-A-R-E-S process. Through this process, we can point out specific operational challenges and ways to address those challenges. We will also help you prepare for future growth or change that you will inevitably face down the line. The C-A-R-E-S process is a customer-focused process in which we do the following:

  • Collect data
  • Analyze the data
  • Recommend alternatives
  • Execute the solution
  • Support the new system

Another design solution offering is our latest tool, Smart Slotting. This warehouse slotting optimization tool can help you address the ever-changing demands of customers, increases in labor costs, and other inefficiencies causing challenges within your warehouse. Not only will this tool offer a proven, cost-saving analysis, but it can all be accomplished very easily by working with our team to collect the appropriate data.

In addition to these design tools, we also offer a variety of other options to address pain points within your operation. These services include storage assessments, overall facility assessments, material flow assessments, and more. We also can work with you to create a complete facility design for your operation. Regardless of what your needs are, our Design Solutions team will help take the guesswork out of it all.

Does our warehouse design solution sound like something that may help fix some of the bottlenecks in your current operation? Learn more about our Design Solution offerings here!

 

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!

SSI Future Plans

While we are obviously happy with what we have done in the past, we are most excited about where we are headed in the future! Putting forth a five-year plan, we continue to expand and bring in more resources for you. With our close-knit group of partners, we can offer you the best quality products at the right price for your budget.

As our 40th-anniversary celebration comes to a close, we also end our celebration of the past and look toward the future. While we have grown into a nation-wide company, we still keep our core values close to our heart and strive to give you the best service we can. Our biggest goal is to have all the resources to be the best partner for you. Stay tuned, because our best is yet to come!

If you want to learn more about how we can help you, fill out our contact form here or call us at 866-474-2001 and we will reach out as soon as possible!

selling used warehouse equipment

There are several reasons that you could be looking into selling used warehouse equipment from your facility. It could be that a relocation has caused a need for upgrades, or maybe a change in your operation. Whatever the reason, our purchasing team is here to clear that unneeded equipment out of the way.

Our team is also dedicated to giving you the best value for your unneeded equipment. This way you ensure that you can put that money back into your new operation. We streamline the entire process, making it easier to get your old equipment removed and new material installed.

Used Equipment Needs

So what are we looking for specifically? While we are open to looking into any type of equipment, here is the list of our Fab Five Most Wanted Used Material. We also look to buy other material such as stack rack, mezzanines, pick modules and more!

Want us to take a look at your material? Contact one of our purchasing experts today!