Add a work platform to expand warehouse capacity.

July 5, 2020 10:10 am

Building a work platform instead of relocating to larger premises or expanding a warehouse footprint can be a surprisingly economical way to maximize the space. Work platforms, sometimes called mezzanines/platforms are custom-built and installed to fit a specific warehouse. Single and multilevel platforms are common inside processing and manufacturing plants, industrial plants, warehouses, and distribution centers. A structural work platform adds a second or third level within a building, effectively doubling or tripling its current storage footprint.

Industrial work platforms, or industrial mezzanine systems, can be built to fit around existing equipment. Conveyors, vertical lifts, in-plant offices, shelving systems, and other material handling products can all be integrated with structural mezzanines to help maximize the current footprint and improve product and warehouse flow. The finished platform design is always determined by the needs of the application. The following points should be considered during a thorough assessment of the warehouse’s needed.

1.  Determine how the platform will be used
One of the very first things to consider is the location of the work platform within a warehouse. At least 14 feet of clear space under the steel will be required. Is the platform going to be used for storage, assembly, picking, or support? Or will it be used for a wide range of purposes? Will the mezzanine be integrated into an existing manufacturing or assembly line? Make sure you plan how you will make use of the work platform.

2.  What are the platform’s capacity requirements?
Consider what will go on top of the work platform, often referred to as a platform (mezzanine), taking into account both current and future requirements. Light storage platform systems may have a load capacity of 125 pounds per square foot (PSF); bulk storage mezzanines may have a load capacity of 250 PSF, and an equipment platform may only have a load capacity of 60 PSF.

3.  Choose a suitable column layout
If there is an existing manufacturing operation on the floor level that cannot be disrupted or changed, the column layout should be able to accommodate this. Once the basic considerations have been taken into account, it’s time to meet with a professional manufacturing and engineering company.

Here are some issues that will arise during the design process that will need to be addressed:

  • Floor slab capacity
  • Ensure the column base plates are the right size
  • Flooring
  • Paint finish
  • Building codes and permits.

When in need of warehouse work platforms, look towards Western Pacific Storage Solutions.

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