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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 services and offerings. 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 are able to 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 newest 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!

Vertical Lift Machines

Vertical Lift Machines (VLMs) are the automation solution that could bring your operation to the next level. Automation is, of course, becoming necessary in modern facilities, making VLMs the perfect solution to add to your operation.

VLMs are a “goods to man” picking solution that allows users to pick orders efficiently while optimizing space utilization within a facility. Its internal software allows this seemingly complex machine to be one of the most user-friendly tools in your warehouse.

As an extremely customizable machine, VLMs can be catered to your every need. Their location sizes can be easily adjusted “on the fly”, and their functionality takes all the guesswork out of it, maximizing pick accuracy. In addition, the extremely high pick rates and space utilization will lead to labor savings and increased revenue. With its ability to move up to 120 trays per hour, multiple machines can be grouped for maximum efficiency.

Finally, VLMs can be an integral part in decreasing your footprint in your facility. For example, in a recent project, adding VLMs to the facility decreased our customer’s footprint from 5,000 square feet to 150. That’s over a 90% increase in space for other necessary equipment.

Want to learn more about Vertical Lift Machines? Click here for more information!

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!

Q3 Employees of the Quarter

As the weather starts to cool off, we would like to extend huge congratulations to our employees of Q3, Kip Lacy and Serafin Rodriguez! Their outstanding work and achievements are what make Storage Solutions such a great company!

Kip Lacy, Installation Project Manager

Kip joined SSI in January of 2017 as the newest member of our WSI installation team. As one of the leaders of the WSI team, Kip has proven to be an invaluable member of Storage Solutions. Kip has proven time and time again that he is willing to go above and beyond to make sure projects go off without a hitch.

In his downtime, Kip likes to spend time with his wife, two daughters, and his Boston Terrier, Frenchie. You can also find Kip outdoors, traveling or eating Indian food. Even though he sports his Michigan Wolverines hat, he says that he is open to supporting any college team.

Serafin Rodriguez, WSI Crew Leader

Our other employee of the quarter also comes from the WSI team. Serafin Rodriguez is a Crew Leader that has been with SSI since 2012. Serafin stepped up when we needed him most, and we couldn’t be more proud. When asked to become a new crew leader in August, Serafin jumped on the opportunity and has flourished in his new role. As a Crew Leader, Serafin demonstrates on a daily basis why he is such a strong leader and a great employee.

While he’s not at work, Serafin says that he likes to relax and spend some quality time with his family.

Above all, Storage Solutions loves to recognize our employees for their determination, so thank you to Kip and Serafin for their outstanding work!

IFDA

IFDA
It’s almost time for the IFDA Conference in National Harbor, MD at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, and Storage Solutions will be there!

What is the IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference?

The conference is ultimately about helping foodservice operations management work smarter, better, and faster! This conference provides resources and insights to improve your operations, addresses key people issues. Furthermore, it helps you get your head around the latest professional procedures and technologies.

IFDA describes itself as a place to see the latest technologies and hear the latest best practices in food distribution. In addition, attendees will gain insights on issues from warehousing and transportation to human resources and regulatory compliance.

So what does this mean for Storage Solutions? Well, SSI has been attending the IFDA conference since 2012 in order to learn more about the industry’s best practices. We will also have two employees at the show this year, (Aaron Resiak and Brian Blanner) so make sure to come see them!

Will you be at the trade show? If so, stop by Booth #362 and say hello! Storage Solutions representatives will be on site for the entirety of the show; Sunday (10/15) through Tuesday (10/17).