As growth is a natural part of all businesses, managers and owners not only have to increase the workforce, but also have to expand the inventory. This ultimately causes the need for a bigger space for storing, manufacturing and office space. While growth is a sign of success, it also comes as a challenge to most businesses as moving to a larger office or warehouse consumes a lot of time and money. This is when a business has to be extra wise.
Sometimes relocating is not the best solution to the problems growth entails; but using your current warehouse space more effectively might just be the answer. If you are finding that you are using every square inch of your floor space and don’t know where to go from there, look no further than up. Unused vertical space is an untapped area for many. If you can build out, then try up.
Four Types of Systems that Utilize Unused Vertical Space
Pallet Racking Systems – are the most commonly used form of vertical storage in manufacturing and distribution facilities. Racking systems can vary from simple selective pallet rack to more complex systems like push back and drive-in pallet racking. Depending on your operational needs, each system has its own purpose and advantages, but no matter what type of system you choose, it will allow you to create multiple levels of storage within the same horizontal footprint.
Industrial Metal Shelving Units – are extremely versatile, allowing you to store and organize goods and supplies in both office, store and warehouse environments. Whether it’s office supplies, automotive parts, product components or finished goods, metal shelving units can be designed to fit your needs and weight requirements. You can construct a single row or outfit an entire room or warehouse. They are easy to install and do not cost much. They can also be used to form the base or foundation for a mezzanine.
Mezzanines – are basically a work platform that can be built either stand alone or attached to an existing wall to create a second or third level of storage or production space. They allow you to continue to use the space underneath the mezzanine, as well as the new space created on top. As mentioned above, metal shelving units can be used as the foundation for a mezzanine, really allowing you to maximize every inch of your space. Modular offices can also be built on top of a mezzanine, allowing you to have storage or production space underneath and office space on top.
Modular Offices – are another effective method of maximizing vertical space utilization. A modular office could be built not only for storage purposes, but also for various other purposes like processing areas, conference rooms and administration office. You can also use it to make a cafeteria for the workers. In case you need a sound and dust proof room and do not have enough space on the floor, you can use a modular office.
If you think your business could benefit from one or more of these storage systems, contact your local material handling expert to discuss your needs and explore your options.