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As a company, Storage Solutions has been committed to providing our customers with the best in new and used material handling equipment since it all started way back in 1978.  One of the things that enables us to do this is the relationships we have with our partners, including 3D Storage Systems.

Storage Solutions has been proud to partner with 3D Storage Systems for the past several years.  They have grown to become one of the largest producers of dynamic storage systems in North America. 3D offers a wide range push-back products

Our team was fortunate to have a 3D representative come to our facility and teach us some important information about their products.  We thought the information was so beneficial that we wanted to share a few key items with our readers!

Here’s what you need to know…

PUSH-BACK STORAGE SYSTEM

What is push-back?

Push-back storage increases pallet count, while offering many more pick faces than traditional high density storage systems. Each push-back lane is equipped with a pair of inclined rails and a series of carts. The first pallet is placed by the lift truck on the top cart. The lift truck driver then loads the second pallet by pushing back the first load and placing it on the next exposed cart. Pallets three and four are loaded similarly. The last pallet is placed on the rails themselves. When removing product, the lift truck takes out the front pallet allowing the pallets on carts behind it to roll gently to the front of the rack.

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What’s the difference between a push-back system and a standard pallet rack system?

A push-back system offers less selectivity than a standard pallet rack system, however, it is a denser storage method that utilizes warehouse space more efficiently because it requires less forklift aisles.

How does the cost of push-back compare to standard pallet rack?

Push-back is a greater investment than standard pallet rack because more components are involved, therefore more material, but the square-footage cost per pallet actually decreases because more pallets can be stored in the space.

We thoroughly enjoyed expanding our knowledge on the push-back system with 3D Storage Systems, and hope this information will be useful to our readers.  If you have any additional questions, our online sales team is standing by! Give them a call at 866.474.2001!

Source: 3D Storage Systems

We’re here, we’re there, we’re everywhere!  As you may have been reading over the course of the last few Where Are We Now blog posts, our Storage Solutions installations take place all over the country.

But we don’t just stick to the United States… we also do installations in Mexico AND Canada!  So we really mean it when we say we’re all over North America.  Our installation crews have been working on a LOT this winter:  Replacing damaged uprights, shelving installations, pallet rack installations, rack reconfigurations, high-rise shelving and rack teardown, wire cage installation, pushback pallet rack installation, and more!

Where Are We Now?

SSIMap December2011Indianapolis, IN – Various Jobs

Victoria, TX – Rack Installation

Memphis, TN – 4,000 pallet rack bay and bin mezzanine teardown

Tampa, FL – Rack teardown

Cincinnatti, OH – Rack teardown & transfer to other facilities

Vancouver, BC – Rack & shelving installation

Charlotte, NC – Rack Installation

Columbia, SC – Rack Installation

This is a list of where our installation crews have been working hard this quarter.  But we also oversee installation jobs on other projects throughout the country as well!  Check out previous installation locations from our last “Where Are We Now?” posts.

Whether a job is 5,000 sq. ft. right next door or over 1 million sq. ft. five states away, we’re always willing and able to get the job done.  If you’ve got a project you’d like us to work with you on, give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact us!

TOTW Pushbackpush back pallet rack system allows palletized goods and materials to be stored by being pushed up a gently graded ramp. Stored materials are allowed to flow down the ramp to the aisle.

This rack configuration allows for deep storage at each rack level and last-in, first-out storage. All of the loads are stored and retrieved from the aisle. When a new load is deposited into a lane, it pushes back the one already at the front and all those behind it. Then, when that load is picked, the contents of the lane all move forward again, hence the term “push back rack.”

Why use a push back pallet rack system?

  • The nested carts make placement and retrieval easy
  • It saves storage space which leads to less cost
  • They offer the same storage density as and drive-in/drive-through racks

If you are looking to utilize space in your warehouse make sure to get some information on the push back pallet rack system. Storage Solutions would love to help you create the perfect warehouse for your company.

Source: WikiMheda_PushBackPalletRacks

Here at Storage Solutions, our goal is to assist our clients with any type of warehouse transition. We understand that selling or moving your current material handling equipment such as pallet rack, shelving, mezzanine, conveyor, etc, can provide a large headache. We would like to help you resolve that issue. 

Are you closing down or consolidating one or more of your facilities?  Let us buy your used pallet rack and other material handling equipment.  Are you opening a new facility, or changing locations?  We will help you transition to a new warehouse or redesign your current one.  We can help you save money on your warehouse redesign, and we also remove the hassle of having to teardown and move all of your equipment!

Are you having trouble deciding what kind of storage equipment is best for your needs?  Contact us today to get our free recommendation for your new operation! 

Here is a brief list of equipment we would be interested in purchasing:

Pallet Rack:  selective pallet rack, drive-in pallet rack, drive-thru pallet rack, pushback pallet rack, cantilever rack, wire decks, etc.

Shelving:  open steel shelving, closed steel shelving, single rivet shelving, double rivet shelving, wire shelving, etc.

Conveyor:  gravity conveyor, power conveyor, skatewheel conveyor, roller conveyor, etc.

Pallet Rack Accessories / Safety Equipment:  row spacers, pallet supports, wire decking, column protectors, end-of-aisle protectors, column deflectors, guardrail, etc.

Pick Modules, Mezzanine, & Tape Machines

Well, that just about wraps up another Storage Solutions blog session.  Don’t forget to check out the clearance section of our website.  We are constantly adding new equipment, so be sure to take a few minutes to see if there is anything that catches your eye.

Here at Storage Solutions, our goal is to assist our clients with any type of warehouse transition. We understand that selling or moving your current material handling equipment such as pallet rack, shelving, mezzanine, conveyor, etc, can provide a large headache. We would like to help you resolve that issue.

used-pallet-rackAre you closing down or consolidating one or more of your facilities?  Let us buy your used pallet rack and other material handling equipment.  Are you opening a new facility, or changing locations?  We will help you transition to a new warehouse or redesign your current one.  We can help you save money on your warehouse redesign, and we also remove the hassle of having to teardown and move all of your equipment!

Are you having trouble deciding what kind of storage equipment is best for your needs?  Contact us today to get our free recommendation for your new operation!

Here is a brief list of equipment we would be interested in purchasing:

Pallet Rack:  selective pallet rack, drive-in pallet rack, drive-thru pallet rack, pushback pallet rack, cantilever rack, wire decks, etc.

Shelving:  open steel shelving, closed steel shelving, single rivet shelving, double rivet shelving, wire shelving, etc.

Conveyor:  gravity conveyor, power conveyor, skatewheel conveyor, roller conveyor, etc.

Pallet Rack Accessories / Safety Equipment:  row spacers, pallet supports, wire decking, column protectors, end-of-aisle protectors, column deflectors, guardrail, etc.

Pick Modules, Mezzanine, & Tape Machines

Here at Storage Solutions, our goal is to assist our clients with any type of warehouse transition. We understand that selling or moving your current material handling equipment can provide a large headache. We would like to help you resolve that issue.

used-pallet-rackAre you closing down or consolidating one or more of your facilities?  Let us buy your used material handling equipment.  Are you opening a new facility, or changing locations?  We will help you transition to a new warehouse or redesign your current one.  We can help you save money on your warehouse redesign, and we also remove the hassle of having to teardown and move all of your equipment!

Are you having trouble deciding what kind of storage equipment is best for your needs?  Contact us today to get our free recommendation for your new operation!

Here is a brief list of equipment we would be interested in purchasing:

Pallet Rack:  selective pallet rack, drive-in pallet rack, drive-thru pallet rack, pushback pallet rack, cantilever rack, wire decks, etc.

Shelving:  open steel shelving, closed steel shelving, single rivet shelving, double rivet shelving, wire shelving, etc.

Conveyor:  gravity conveyor, power conveyor, skatewheel conveyor, roller conveyor, etc.

Pallet Rack Accessories / Safety Equipment:  row spacers, pallet supports, wire decking, column protectors, end-of-aisle protectors, column deflectors, guardrail, etc.

Pick Modules, Mezzanine, & Tape Machines

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Building a successful warehouse can be quite an endeavor. Whether the full layout ends up covering 10,000 square feet or 1 million square feet, the best warehouses are built with foresight and growth in mind. What are the current needs? Should we design for growth? How often will our demand change? 

No one can predict the future with 100% certainty. However, because we have partnered with several types of warehouse construction projects, we have seen the best and worst practices. The most successful warehouses typically involve the following four-stage process.

Plan the Layout

There are a few important factors that go into planning the layout of your warehouse.  Your floor plan will have a big impact on the way you want to outfit your facility with pallet rack.  For example, areas with offices, bathrooms, and exits will need to be taken into account when determining the location of your pallet rack or shelving units.  Our team of CAD specialists will assist you in designing the layout of your warehouse.

Select the Appropriate Equipment

Now that you know where you would like to put your storage equipment, determine what your specific needs are. At this point, we can help identify the best solution to your warehousing needs.  Our sales representatives will help you select from a wide variety of storage options, including pallet rack, drive-in rack, pushback rack, steel shelving, rivet shelving, etc.  The key is to carefully analyze your unique needs. This examination ensures that your storage facility operates at the most efficient level possible.

Installation

The installation of your storage equipment should be a relatively simple task. If it is a small job, most of the equipment can be assembled by your warehouse workers.  However, if you are outfitting an entire warehouse with pallet rack or shelving units, I would recommend calling a professional to help with the installation.  Storage Solutions has a crew of professional installers that would be happy to help you install new equipment, or tear down and move existing equipment.  Alternatively, you could call a third-party contractor.

Upkeep

Next, you need to make sure to keep tabs on the condition of your storage equipment. The most important thing in your warehouse is the safety of your employees.  Stay proactive to identify and resolve any potentially problematic areas.  Storage Solutions partners with the Safety Management Group to provide safety consulting, training, staffing, program planning and implementation on your job.  If you have questions about the condition of your storage equipment, give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Before you get started on building a successful warehouse, start with the 1st step above and make sure your layout is designed for your current needs, while taking into account any planned growth. Contact us to speak with an expert who can design your layout with an optimal eye toward efficiency.

Hello again, and thanks for visiting the Storage Solutions weekly blog post!  This week we will be providing the specs for a package of used pallet rack that we have just purchased.  All of the pallet rack is Frazier Structural Rack, and it is available as both Drive-In and Pushback pallet rack.  Let’s take a look at the products.

drive inFrazier Structural Drive-In Pallet Rack:

  • 2 Deep x 4 High–18 Bays with 144 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 4 High–66 Bays with 792 Pallet Positions
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Uprights are 252″H and the entry uprights have Cant Legs angled back at 12″
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Uprights are on 54″ Centers
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Beams are 50″L

pushbackFrazier Structural Pushback Pallet Rack:

  • 3 Deep x 4 High, 2 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–164 Bays with 3426 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 4 High, 1 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–5 Bays with 57 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 2 High, 3 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–4 Bays with 72 Pallet Positions
  • Pushback Pallet Rack Uprights are 288″H
  • Pushback Pallet Rack Lanes are 150″D from front to back
  • 4 Spans of safety netting is available for the 3 Pallet wide pushback pallet rack for the tunnel lanes
  • Structural end-of-aisle protectors are available at various lengths

Please contact Storage Solutions for more information on this used pallet rack package or to inquire about other new/used pallet rack and other material handling equipment.

strohStorage Solutions is excited to announce that we have a new team member!  Dan Stroh has just joined our team of Project Managers at Storage Solutions Inc.  One of Dan’s main responsibilities as a project manager will be taking care of the logistics for the shipping and receiving of pallet rack and material handling equipment.  He will also coordinate with our pallet rack and material handling vendors to make sure that we have an appropriate amount of new storage equipment in stock.  However, his most important responsibility at the moment is assisting in the order entry for new and used pallet rack and storage equipment.  This is to ensure that we are able to process all of the purchase orders and cater to our clients’ needs in a timely manner.

Dan has also been brought on board to help organize a large project we will be undertaking in the near future.  Storage Solutions has decided to add a large refabrication center to our current facility.  We will soon have the ability to refabricate pallet racking uprights and beams, allowing us to customize our storage equipment to the exact specifications of our customers. This is yet another step we are taking towards becoming the industry leaders for pallet racking and material handling equipment.

Now let’s get to know Dan:

Hometown:  Columbus, IN

Education:  DePauw University

What is the most interesting job you had before coming to work for Storage Solutions?  “The most interesting job experience I’ve had was working as an intern with the American Leadership Academy.  The Academy is based out of Indianapolis, but they host students in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico every spring.  The added joy from being able to swap the dismal Indiana winter for the sun and beaches of Cabo, along with getting to meet and become friends with many different succesful leaders made for a truly unforgettable experience.”

What excites you the most about being part of the Storage Solutions team?  “While terms like pushback rack, carton flow, and roll form pallet rack were very confusing on day one, I am beginning to understand many of the different terms and applications for the equipment in this industry.  I am just excited to continue learning more about the pallet racking and material handling industry so that I can have a positive impact on the Storage Solutions team.”

Installation Scissors 2 large1We here at Storage Solutions would like to devote this week’s blog to recognizing some of the accomplishments of our installation crews in 2009.  As you may or may not know, we have our own team of professional installation crews.  This helps us provide you some very big benefits!  It allows us to save our customers a lot in the overall cost of purchasing new racking equipment.  Independent contractors can be very expensive, and this additional variable can substantially increase the total cost of your pallet rack purchase.  Additionally, our crews are specifically focused on installing and tearing down pallet rack and racking components.  This enables them to get the job done in a quick and efficient manner, while maintaining an exceptional level of quality in their work.  With that being said, let’s take a minute to look at some of their achievements from 2009:

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  • Installed over 295,000 Sq Ft of Free Standing Mezzanines
  • Installed Shelf Supported Mezzanines consisting of 8,450 New and Used Shelving Sections
  • Installed 8.5+ Million Sq Ft of New and Used Pallet Rack
  • Installed 6,400 Sections of New and Used Shelving Sections
  • Installed 28,000 pallet positions of Push Back & Drive-In/Thru
  • Dismantled, Packaged, and Shipped over 9.5 Million Sq Ft of Used  Pallet Rack, Shelving, Mezzanines, Etc.
  • Moved numerous companies’ material handling equipment from old facilities to new ones
  • Employ 8 Crew Leaders and 45 full time “In House” Laborers
  • Completed projects in 27 States and Mexico including: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

On behalf of the rest of us here at Storage Solutions, I would like to say thanks to all of our hard working installation crews.  Keep up the great work in 2010!