Different types of storage options for managing warehouse Inventory

June 19, 2020 12:40 pm

Warehouses run by large and small supply chain companies contain storage inventory of varying size and weight. This creates a need to vary the types and sizes of shelving storage systems to accommodate the diverse variety, making the best use of available space and making the inventory more manageable.

Investing in custom, well planned steel shelving systems is one of the key elements of a successful operation as it affects the bottom line in many ways. The efficiency of the shelving setup will impact capacity directly, but also will have an influence on picking and restocking times, workplace safety and other factors that can reduce overheads dramatically.

Boltless steel shelving is one of the most commonly used types of shelving in a wide range of warehouses due to its strength and flexibility. Boltless shelves can be customized by width and height to house a wide range of inventory products, from skids and drums with liquid to smaller items in their individual packaging. Boltless steel shelving can be easily disassembled by professional installers and recombined to create extra storage where needed in the warehouse; installation costs of boltless shelving are 30-40% lower than industrial shelving because rapid assembly requires much less time.

Shelving storage systems employing rivet shelving have a variety of beam options that offer different degrees of supporting strength, impacting the weight that they can store as well as the height to which the shelving units can be built. Lighter beams can be used to support shelves housing apparel, small automotive parts and household goods while wider beams are used for heavier items.

In addition to the vertical beams, boltless steel shelving will have horizontal beams and decking. Decking materials also vary depending on their intended application but will mostly be made of either particle board or wire mesh. The former is for solid objects with more weight while the latter (wire decking) is used for lighter items that need air circulation. Both are durable storage options widely used in shelving storage systems in many industries.

The material used for wire decking is typically steel wire.

Organizing steel shelving systems doesn’t stop at choosing the right shelving. Each shelf or shelving unit can be further broken down and compartmentalized by installing casters, dividers and removable storage bins depending on the system of shelving installed.

This versatility is perfect for making sure every item is individually accessible while taking up as little space as possible in the storage room or warehouse facility.

For more information about steel shelving systems and their applications, get in touch with Western Pacific Storage Solutions, https://www.WPSS.com.


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