5 Key Considerations To Make Before Installing A Mezzanine Racking System
If you are running out of storage and workspace in your warehouse, a cost-effective way to double your space is to install a mezzanine racking system.
A mezzanine racking system allows you to grow and expand usable space without having to relocate or construct additional permanent structure in your warehouse. With the additional mezzanine floor area, it will allow you to improve on your warehouse organization and operation workflow which can enhance the overall working environment and productivity of your company.
It is important to have an idea of what you need and what your existing warehouse space can accommodate. However, are you feeling unsure about how to get started on your mezzanine project? We are here to help!
Here are 5 key considerations to make when installing your new mezzanine racking system.
1. Storage & Access
The type and weight of your warehouse products and your preferred mode of access to these products influence the type of mezzanine installed. If you store your items on pallets, a racking supported mezzanine will allow you to have shelves below the mezzanine level, where you can use a reach truck or forklift to load and unload your items. For pallets to be stored on the mezzanine level, you can use a pallet truck to maneuver the pallets across the mezzanine floor. Where you place your removable / permanent staircase is important too, preferably on the side that is convenient to access but does not block space that can be used for storage or hinder your workflow processes.
2. Expansion & Relocation
As your business expands, so does your need for additional storage space. Your mezzanine racking system should be easily configurable for new tiers or extensions to be added with minimal disruptions to your daily operations. Similarly, it should be built in a way that makes it movable for easy relocation depending on your new storage needs. One of the best things about mezzanine systems is that they are easily customisable, hence, it is important to find the right company to do for you, preferably one with experience.
If your mezzanine racking system is intended to have multiple uses, you should take note of how it can affect the load requirements of the platform. Installing additional accessories such as skid frames on heavier storage pallets can help spread out the load, which enables different column placements and for storage space maximization below. It is always important to consult a racking specialist to ensure that the mezzanine platform built meets various requirements and is safe to use. Other accessories that can be used to help to improve operational efficiency, are swing gates as well as conveyors, flow racks and lifts to facilitate better movement of products to and from the mezzanine floor.
Technology is constantly advancing and today, many businesses are geared towards e-commerce and integrating automation with mezzanine racking systems. Automation solutions like robotic pickers and AS/RS help to speed up the picking and fetching process. This also minimizes errors due to human errors. Even if a pandemic such as Covid-19 happens, you will not compromise on productivity as these robotic pickers can still operate with lesser human head count. These however, can be costly, but it can greatly improve your efficiency and productivity. With increased efficiency and productivity, your businesses will likely reap higher profits within the same time frame.
5. Building Regulations
Last but not least, make sure that the mezzanine platform that is built meets your building regulations. Here are some basic considerations:
Staircases: The size of the mezzanine floor and its distance to a fire escape will determine the number of staircases it requires. By installing the mezzanine structure in the best location within the warehouse, you can reduce the number of staircases needed, leaving more room for storage.
Fire protection: The mezzanine racking system may need to be constructed with fire-resistant materials or have additional accessories, such as water sprinklers for it to be fire-rated. In the event of a fire, these mezzanine structures will be protected and be able to withstand collapse.
Fire alarm systems: The mezzanine floor typically requires lighting to be installed above and below as well as emergency lighting or strobe lights that are activated during power outages or disasters to guide personnel to safety.
Do you feel more ready to double your storage workspace in your warehouse after reading our useful tips?
If you would like a discussion and site assessment, do contact the the friendly specialists at Aracking & Shelving Solutions, they are a one-stop storage solution for all of your warehouse needs!