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We are all looking for ways to work smarter, both personally and for our teams. When it comes to dense storage solutions, pallet flow is especially beneficial as it allows you to make your warehouse more efficient by moving products quicker than ever before.

What are the benefits of pallet flow racking? 

To start, it is easy to use! By being a first in first out system (FIFO), which is what makes it different from other types of drive-in racks. Pallet flow racking also has a different pick and load system. You get faster pick and load times by loading the pallet on one side and allowing it to slide down the other.

While other types of racking can hold anywhere from about two to five pallets, pallet flow can contain anywhere from twelve to fifteen racks (depending on the model).

This style is excellent when it comes to customization. We all want equipment that fits our specific needs. Customers can tailor this rack to the sizes and weights of their exact pallets. It is also usable anywhere in your warehouse; on the floor, with necessary racking and more!

This style of racking is one of the most durable and dynamic systems you can have in your warehouse. With all of these features, it will be the most efficient piece of equipment you have. Check out our specialty equipment page for more details.

Does pallet flow sound like the right fit for your warehouse? Contact us today and let our experts help you get started!

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At Storage Solutions, we know how hard it can be to find the right used equipment for your space. That is why we are always on the lookout for good quality material to house in our 350,000 sq. ft. facility headquartered in Central Indiana. Each item has to pass a rigorous inspection, and is then stored inside a climate controlled facility. The goal is to save our customers money with buying used without having to sacrifice quality.

Recent Warehouse Update:

In an effort to open up even more space for used equipment, we recently tore down 321 bays of rack in our own warehouse to free up more floor storage! Storage Solutions is constantly looking for ways to expand our inventory so we always have what our customers are looking for.

Before

 

used equipment teardownAfter

 

Details of the TEAR DOWN:

65 bays –42”D x 18’H x 108”W
(67) uprights – 42”D x 18’H
(530) beams – 108”L x 5”H
(530) wire decks – 42”D x 52”W

256 Bays – 42”D x 19’H x 108”W
(276) uprights – 42”D x 19’H
(2,048) beams – 108”L x 5”H
(2048) wire decks – 42”D x 52”W

The tear down gave us flexibility with our space, but we want you to reap the benefits as well; because not only did we make room for more used inventory; all the material we tore down is for sale!  Contact us today for pricing!

SS_Catalog_2013_14-regularGet your 2014 Storage Solutions Catalog today! This catalog contains over 375 pages of storage products, material handling items and so much more. Storage Solutions provides many options for you and your warehouse. Take a look at our catalog for ideas on how to better utilize your space.

Request your copy of our catalog today!

Over the past year here at Storage Solutions we have been very busy helping you with your material handling needs! Our team is the best in the business and we work hard each and every day to satisfy ALL of our customers big or small! In 2013, we supplied materials to 45 states along with Australia, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Listed below are a few of our projects that our team worked on and completed in 2013.

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Denver, CO
600,000 square feet
Supplied structural PIR, selective, and Pushback.

Bethlehem, PA
800,000 square feet
New distribution center pallet rack

Rosenburg, TX
25,000 square feet
Custom carton flow/picking environment

Lebanon, IN
500,000 square feet
Converted to VNA System

As we look forward to the next year we want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014! We hope that you keep us in mind for your next material handling project.

It’s been awhile since we have done a term of the week, so to start the week off right, we are re-visiting mezzanines.

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A mezzanine is a structure that stands alone and is constructed within an existing building. This structure is designed to maximize space under and above it which creates additional space for storage or offices. These are extremely durable structures; they can be designed to sustain heavy loads. These are great for creating other levels using your existing space; if you need more space allow mezzanines to build up instead of out.

3 Types of Mezzanine:

A free standing mezzanine is supported by structural columns whereas shelving/bin and racking supported mezzanines are supported by pallet rack uprights or shelving/bin systems.A shelving/bin supported mezzanine is more economical than a free standing mezzanine because the storage units installed under and above the mezzanine floor allow for increased storage capacity.

We recently installed a bin supported mezzanine for a customer. You can check out the installation process in our Project Spotlight Series: Project Illinois.

Storage Solutions is having a sale to make room for more inventory! Everything must go! Check out our sale items below, and contact your sales representative or call 866.474.2001 for additional information.

NOTE: All items are subject to prior sale.

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SALE ITEMS:

CONVEYOR SKATEWHEELS

19″ X 94″ – 144″ | QTY: 38 | $50.00

22″ X 120″ | QTY: 11 | $50.00

24″ X 120″ | QTY: 2 | $50.00    

SLOTTED GRATING

38″ X 9″ | QTY: 220 | GRAY | $3.00

LAKESIDE WIRE DIVIDERS AND SHELVES

60″ X 3″ DIVIDER | QTY: 234 | CHROME | $3.00

60″ X 24″ SHELF, DOES NOT COME WITH O-RINGS | QTY: 8 | CHROME | $3.00

AKRO-MILLS DIVIDERS AND BINS

6″W X 4″H DIVIDER | QTY: 19,228 | BLACK | $0.10

11″ X 4″ X 17-1/2″YELLOW SHELF BIN | QTY: 332 | BLUE | $1.00

23-5/8″ X 6-5/8″ X 4″YELLOW SHELF BIN | QTY: 3,440 | YELLOW | $1.00

23-5/8″ X 8-3/8″ X 4″YELLOW SHELF BIN | QTY: 6,379 | YELLOW | $1.00

MISCELLANEOUS

ELMO SAFETY CUTTER | QTY: 18 | $5.00

DOUBLE SIDED CANTILEVER, ARMS NOT INCLUDED – 15’H | QTY: 22 | $125.00

42″ X 18″ PENCO HI PERF. HEAVY DUTY SHELF | QTY: 440 | GRAY | $3.00

 Storage Solutions has used Particle Board Shelves available for sale immediately! Contact your sales representative or call 866.474.2001 for additional information.

NOTE: All items are subject to prior sale.

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Details:

36″ X 18″ X 3/8″ PARTICLE BOARD SHELVES | QTY: 570 | $2.00

36″ X 24″ X 5/8″ PARTICLE BOARD SHELVES | QTY: 5,984 | $2.00

For Part 1 of this blog, we covered the different components of pallet rack and how to determine which type you need for your operation. Part 2 is going to cover the different types of pallet rack systems!

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Types of Pallet Rack:

Selective

  • Most common pallet rack used
  • Efficient when you have a low quantity of SKUs
  • Easy accessibility
  • Least dense

Double Deep

  • Fewer forklift aisles
  • Less selectivity
  • More storage density than selective rack

Drive In

  • Load and retrieve from the same side, creating LIFO inventory retrieval
  • Efficient when you have large quantities of different SKUs
  • Low selectivity
  • Cost effective
  • High density
  • Requires fewer forklift aisles

Push Back

  • Similar to drive in
  • Allows you to store pallets 2-5 deep and still have easy access to different SKUs
  • This system uses steel carts on inclined rails, and uses gravity flow to move product towards the pick aisles
  • Cost effective
  • High density
  • LIFO

Drive Thru

  • Pallet racking system that loads from one side and unloads from the other to create FIFO inventory retrieval.
  • Forklifts can enter from both aisles on either side of the rack
  • Low selectivity
  • High density
  • Excellent option for freezers

Pallet Flow

  • Similar to drive thru
  • This system uses wheels or rollers on sloped beam levels, and uses gravity flow to move product towards the pick aisle
  • It is perfect for fast-moving product with FIFO inventory retrieval
  • High-density

Carton Flow

  • Uses a gravity feed rear load design
  • Merchandise is loaded in the rear of each runway, and as an item is removed from the front, the item behind it slides forward on inclined rails in place of the previous item
  • FIFO

Cantilever

  • Elongated storage, furniture rack, tube rack, lumber rack
  • Single sided or double sided
  • Various heights and widths between uprights and lengths of the arms
  • High selectivity
  • Can use decking to span arms to create a solid level

If you have additional question or would like more information on any racking system, give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact your sales representative!

Material handling is defined as the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal. The material handling industry is responsible for manufacturing and distributing the equipment and services required to create material handling systems. These systems range from pallet rack and shelving to conveyors and automated systems.

project OhioSo where does Storage Solutions fit in to the mix? ALL OF IT! Not only can our team provide you with the equipment necessary for an efficient storage operation; we provide the services needed to put your operation in motion. We are a turnkey solution to your warehouse design needs. Storage Solutions offers in house warehouse design, project management and installation teams that take our customers’ visions and turn them in to completed projects.

Interested in our services? Contact us at 866.474.2001 and our knowledgeable sales team will help find the solution that best fits your needs. We also sell new and used warehouse storage equipment. Visit us online and check out our ever-changing inventory.

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I was scanning through our blog posts from this year, and many of them either introduce our readers to a Storage Solutions team member or talk about how great our people are. It’s the truth, and Kelly Hargis is no exception to that!

kellyGet to know Kelly…

Hometown: Marshall, IL

Education: Associates in Accounting and Business Administration

What is your role with SSI? Accounting Assistant, Project Coordination/Management

How long have you been with SSI? Since 2002

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Reading, exercising, shopping, spending time with my daughter Morgan, and all types of auto racing events.

Favorite Sports Team: The Cowboys, Colts, IU Basketball/Football, and Indiana Ice Hockey I can’t pick one favorite!

Fun Fact: I love scary stuff!  I love horror movies, and I visited Waverly Hill, in Louisville KY, one of the “Scariest Places on Earth”.

If you or any one you know is looking for a rewarding career with a constantly growing company and great people, check out our careers page!