Industrial Shelving: Boon to Manage Your Industrial Storage

July 13, 2014 4:53 pm

There are many benefits that go hand-in-hand with industrial storage. However, to get the most out of your industrial shelving system or commercial shelves, it helps to have some insight on proper management. Both industrial and commercial shelving systems are supposed to make life easier, so by knowing how to manage your storage, you feel less stressed when dealing with day-to-day work responsibilities.

To start with, you want to take advantage of available space. For instance, if you have a small commercial or industrial business, or if your storage space is limited, consider going vertical instead of horizontal. Using industrial mezzanines, also known as platforms, you can actually double the amount of usable floor space. Especially if your business is located in higher-risk locations and you want a work platform, it will need to be one designed to meet all current requirements for seismic zone and impact resistance.

Another way to benefit from your industrial storage through good management processes is by creating a workable system. In other words, rather than just placing freestanding industrial shelving where you think it should go, you need to work with a professional to devise a well-formulated plan. They will help you consider the types of items that the shelves will hold, who needs to gain access to them, how many people will work with the same shelving solution, etc.

If you plan to store heavy parts, equipment, or machinery, the engineering firm with whom you are working (or, the shelving provider may have an in-house engineering staff), will assist you in evaluating the kind of industrial shelving best suited for your situation as well as the grade of steel. If you will have more than one employee working with the same commercial shelves, then perhaps a boltless system with four-side access would be best. By taking these factors into consideration, you will end up with the appropriate industrial or commercial shelves, making management easier and more effective.

For commercial and industrial shelving, you also need a good labeling system. In an office setting, choose labels that provide the required information while having a professional aesthetic. In an industrial environment, there should be a clearly-marked sign on the outside of each aisle, as well as labeling on individual bins. For commercial and industrial storage, this keeps things clean and organized.

A quality management system will work great, whether choosing commercial or industrial shelving. For industry and commercial shelving systems, our representatives at Western Pacific Storage Solutions (WPSS) will be glad to help. Please contact us today for additional information or to schedule an appointment to meet with your regional sales manager.

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