A perfect warehouse space depends on a number of factors, in order for your operations to excel. The following are a few key points related to pallet racking that promises to help both the employees and the equipment in the long run.
Pallet racking – The major factor in setting up your warehouse:
Pallet racking by far is the most crucial aspect of your warehouse project and if you get this one right, your life would be much easier in handling the ongoing operations and also to accommodate change. The standard pallet racking with a selective approach is a norm these days in warehouses and this requires a lot of aisle space. For an average warehouse setting, 3 sq. ft. of aisle space needs to be allocated for every 2 sq. ft. of the racking floor space. A few critical things needs to be considered in this regard.
A warehouse with high ceilings would give you ample amount of vertical storage space with vertical pallet racking being installed. This means that the excessive floor space being reserved for aisle would make warehouse space-efficient, along with any additional level of racking being installed in a vertical setting. The majority of the buildings are setup with a column grid structure. This means that you need to maximize the space for pallet racking using the existing structure. For this purpose, you need to avoid aligning the racking aisle with the building columns. Also, consider the fact that the columns sometimes could be extremely hard to see and could also make some racking sections totally inaccessible.
In order to maximize the available space and resources, the best approach is to layout the pallet racking in such a way that the building columns are crammed between the sequential racking rows. You need to be considerate here about the fact that such a setting would make your racking layout dependent on your existing building grid. In case, the grid does not turned out to be desirable as per the space then you will find the racking to be uneven with oversized or undersized aisles. The warehouse managers are supposed to frequently adjust the layout to cater for the existing unavoidable conditions.
Know about plumbing in concrete slabs:
Setting up plumbing lines in a building requires a lot of research and analysis to be done. It is a normal practice, where the commercial building contractors install the plumbing supply lines right under the concrete slabs. They may have their logical reasoning for the approach, but a neutral analysis poses some risks associated with it. The major issue is that the placement of the plumbing cannot be tracked easily, once it is installed. The equipment installers are mostly required to anchor any fixtures to the slab. Breaking any plumbing line could lead to some major repair work to be done and this would also put your equipment project on hold. In essence, the need is to avoid putting the plumbing lines under the concrete slabs.
The effectiveness in setting up the pallet racking is all dependent on your imagination. Pallet racking is quite flexible, but dependent on the space availability. Therefore, warehouses having irregular space limits the utilization of pallet racking in the most desirable manner. Ideally, for having a space-efficient storage layout, the need is to have higher ceilings with larger column grid. Practically, the 40 x 40 feet grid has proven to be the most optimum solution for the standard pallet racking.