Industrial shelving is quite a versatile product line in facilities of all sizes. Organization is key, especially when it comes to the need for storage and picking of orders. While industrial shelving can be used in virtually any setting, one size or style doesn't necessarily fit all – and that's why the American tendency for having an overabundance of choices comes in handy. Each application calls for a different type of shelving, a different location, setup, quantity, and so much more. When it comes to smaller and lighter materials or a lower inventory of items being stored, shelving can be substantially denser as well as less expensive, compared to standard pallet racking. Most of you are familiar with steel, adjustable, and clip shelving. However, today we're going to discuss boltless/rivet shelving, mobile shelving, and under rack shelving so you can be on your way to making an educated decision.
Rivet shelving, also known as boltless shelving, is the most common and can generally be assembled with nothing but a rubber mallet. Not only is rivet shelving easy to install, but it's also easy to adjust when needed and is known to be one of the most economical choices. This kind of shelving is highly flexible dimensionally and commands no sway bracing. Constructed of steel framing and particle board decking, rivet shelving is ideal for tight aisles and also maximizes the building square footage and ceiling height.
Did you know that rivet shelving can be used for more than just typical small item inventory storage? It can also be used to support a mezzanine. If planned appropriately, the addition of a second level can be planned initially or as the second phase of a larger project when demand requires more capacity.
Mobile shelving increases storage density by installing shelving units on wheels within a floor or overhead track, allowing the shelves to be shifted (moving the aisle) depending on accessibility needs. Due to the mobile nature of these shelves, available storage can be almost doubled! However, the drawback of mobile shelving is that shifting several lanes of shelving to access a location can slow down the workflow, and thus is not ideal for high-volume picks. We see mobile shelving used most frequently for record-keeping or other applications where moving the shelves in bulk isn't necessary for daily operations.
This kind of shelving is a great way to make a high-density hand-pick area underneath pallet storage. Many of McGee's clients strive to increase pickable locations that are reachable from floor level or by a small ladder (or ladder cart). This allows a picker to be more productive since a higher density of product leads to more picks per hour. A simple, inexpensive way to do this is to add industrial shelving to the existing first level, allowing above pallet locations to remain.
Using your space wisely is an important part of any business – it just depends on how you want to use that space and what you need it for. McGee Storage and Handling has worked with several clients who wanted to add shelving to gain footage and better utilize cubic space. Proper shelving isn't always about space, it's also about what is being stored, if it's being picked for orders, and how often the materials need to be accessed. To help determine what shelving is best for you, contact McGee Storage and Handling.
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