Benefits of using industrial bin shelving in storage facilities

June 9, 2020 11:01 am

With the dramatic increase in online shopping trends and just about everything being available online, there’s an increase in difficulty organizing inventory. A single warehouse will often store items that vary in size and weight so much as to be impossible to house on the same shelves. Between open steel shelving and closed steel shelving being able to accommodate most items, it is important to have a shelving system that matches the level of inventory management required. That’s where bin shelving units can make all the difference.

This is the one solution that can prevent picking and restocking from becoming cumbersome and prohibitively expensive. Costs of labor and the significance of costly mistakes on this level in the supply chain cannot be overestimated. But this is not all.

Let’s examine more closely the benefits bin shelving units can bring to most any operation.

A organizational boost
This is the most immediately visible effect of introducing a bin system to an open steel shelving setup. Not having a clear organization system can make employees overwhelmed that picking time increases and costly mistakes when the wrong items are shipped to a buyer, happen more frequently. An additional bonus in an organized space is that stored items are easy to keep clean which contributes to better presentation for buyer satisfaction.

This also applies to storage in a manufacturing facility where open or closed steel shelving is used to house tools and hardware. If an employee doesn’t have to spend half an hour just to locate a specific nut, bolt or wrench, the pace of production flow is uninterrupted and the bottom line is improved considerably.

Improving Facility Safety
Clean and organized spaces are not just efficient, they are also safe. Loose items can cause employees to trip and fall or worse, they can come loose and fall off a shelf on someone passing underneath. The threat and severity of such injuries cannot possibly be overstated and should be prevented any time possible. Having bin shelving units installed ensures items are not spilling out.

Overall Facility Cleanliness
Aside from the cleaning of your open steel shelving and items on it, having a bin system in place can actually influence the levels of cleanliness across an entire facility. Keeping items stored in bins means they are not going to wind up anywhere else. This makes other areas of a warehouse or manufacturing facility more accessible for cleaning.

There’s a lot more to say in favor of open steel shelving and much more to say about the uses and variations it offers.

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