Change the type of Racking
Changing the type of Racking can be very beneficial, as space utilisation can be increased. Through the use of Double Deep or Push Back Racking space utilisation can be up to 50% with Double Deep Racking and up to 85% with Push Back Racking.
Double Deep Racking simply has one row of standard pallet racking behind another. Through doubling the amount of pallets on each aisle than wide aisle racking, double deep creates a larger storage density.
Although the speed of access to all pallet positions is restricted, with an efficient stock rotation system this can easily be compensated for to take advantage of the increased storage density.
Through creating a maximum of a four pallet deep rack, you can optimise the wall space of your warehouse. This highly cost effective system is an alternative to drive-in rack designs and has the additional benefit that all locations can be loaded or emptied without moving adjacent pallets.How it works: Pallets are placed by the forklift on rolling carts which manoeuvre on slightly inclined rails. Each time a pallet is added to the rack it pushes the pallet entered before it further back. When removing the last pallet entered will be the first out. Afterwards the innovative system uses gravity to move the remaining pallets forward using the roller carts.
Decrease width of aisles and/or increase height of Racking
Increasing the height of racking or decreasing the width of aisles will always allow more room to increase warehouse capacity, however there are still limitations. Forklifts will always need to be in operation to lift these pallets from the racking, however the narrower the aisle, the more difficult it will get for forklift drivers. In order to decrease the width of aisles and still be able to productively operate a forklift, the forklift being operated in the warehouse will need to be considered.
CAM offer a variety on forklifts with the Aisle-Master range being extremely beneficial for maximising warehouse capacity as it is able to operate productively in aisles of just 1.8m wide. Whereas a standard counterbalance forklift would typically only be able to operate productively at a minimum width of 2.9m. As well as this the Aisle-Master has a lift height of up to 15m which means it can operate with an increased height of racking. Other options such as a Reach Truck can be very efficient for handling an increased height of racking as they have a lift height of up to 12.1m.
Improve Safety around the Warehouse
Having everyone’s safety at mind is a key aspect for keeping a warehouse productive. Racking safety inspections by law are required every 12 months, they provide an accurate view on how safe the racking system of a warehouse is and can help to improve the safety of any warehouse.
CAM can help; our racking inspectors can ensure not only that your work place is safe, but that it complies with legal obligations and may also help reduce your insurance premiums.
We can aid you with knowledge, advice and assistance in ensuring you can identify hazards between inspections, minimising risk to you, your employees and the public.