Proper planning is required to have a safe and effective storage system that will be durable and strong as well. For this you will have to be meticulous right from the planning stage to it using it safely. You will need to follow proper maintenance schedule and process as well. An effective workspace with high racking and shelving ability is the demand of the hour.

Tips for A Better Storage System

The basic and best tips and tricks to make your storage system better include:

  • Proper planning and not leaving anything to chance is very important. You must not leave out any detail and in fact plan for the future considering the bigger picture.
  • Proper budgeting is also necessary to get the right end product and result and this point requires little or no emphasizing but be informed cutting cost with cheaper materials may turn out to be costly later.
  • Utilize the vertical space the most and first rather than expanding racking and shelving horizontally as this will save space and improve efficiency. Arranging racks in long rows is also a useful factor, as short bursts will limit the available space.

Importance of Maintenance

For large racking and shelving such as in a warehouse, ensuring safety is paramount. This will help in reducing cost due to frequent repairs and replacement. It is important to keep it in prime condition.

In case of businesses unsafe racking and shelving systems will cause injuries to workers, damaged products, lost business opportunities, customer dissatisfaction and lots more to damage the brand. It is therefore necessary for businesses to conduct regular inspections and frequent maintenance for optimal performance.

Few Maintenance Tips

The following tips will help in easy and proper inspection and maintenance:

  • Use the racking and shelving system according to the dimensions specified
  • Any damage should be notified immediately, and necessary steps taken
  • Check for damaged or broken safety locks on the beams and if damaged replace immediately
  • Check for powder coating damage, exposed bare metal, rusting and environmental damage
  • Paint whenever necessary and install safety accessories
  • Ensure all details are well tightened always.

Check for all critical aspects such as protruding parts, overloaded beams, beam deflection limits, damaged welds and bracing.

Preventing Rack Collapse

Collapse of racking and shelving system is rare but may happen and when it does it can be extremely dangerous. To avoid rack disaster, follow the quick tips.

  • Choose rack with care from the different types with proper analysis of your rack design, product, handling method and area.
  • Do not attempt to adjust racks without consulting a qualified racking expert, as there are very strict codes to comply it depending on the usage of the racks.
  • Do not overload the racks as that will damage the structure and eventually cause failure and conduct periodic rack inspections. It is also essential what type of things do you want to store on the racks. Light and thin plastic racks, for example, should not be overloaded with metallic things.
  • You should also check bracing walls and beam rotation axis while you install racking and shelving in commercial places or warehouses. The beam connection to upright columns in the room must also be strong.

Always install protective guarding devices to protect the racking and shelving system from a forklift hitting it. Putting double columns at the base is a good safety precaution but consider the aisle width. You need to consider the rack width, height and keep sufficient space when you install one rack. Do not compromise with quality and do not keep one rack huddled over another.

Published by Joel Borthwick