At the heart of a warehouse management system is understanding the demands of the products that must be stored and investing in equipment to meet these needs while optimizing warehouse capacity.
This challenge is never more acute than when it comes to storing long, heavy items. Bulky, weighty and non-conformist, it would be all too easy to undermine a successful warehouse management system by not giving due consideration to how to store these items.
However, there is a range of specialist warehouse equipment available which not only stores long and heavy goods, but enables maximum storage capacity while ensuring easy access in and out of the storage area, improved inventory management and leading to higher productivity.
Cantilever racking and storage
One answer is cantilever racking. Supported at one end and extending horizontally, cantilever racking offers the versatility needed to store long, heavy or bulky items.
This is a popular choice and for good reason. It is versatile, being able to carry a range of lengths of items, weights and bulk.
It can also offer storage density, maximizing the available space. It’s a proven, safe solution, and has the added benefit of being suitable for both inside and outside environments.
Its main attribute is accessibility. Because the frontage is completely open, forklifts can easily access the goods stored, both to stack and to retrieve.
Finally, it is hard-wearing and offers a cost-effective solution, which can be customized to suit your warehouse environment, as it comes in a wide range of specs.
A versatile, modular system, it is ideal for long, heavy goods and – as it is cantilevered – completely accessible for a forklift to store and remove the items.
For long and lighter items
Not all long goods are heavy, but they are still awkward to store so present an equal challenge. For items that are long, but can be lifted manually, the light duty cantilever racking is an ideal solution. Easily accessible by pickers and forklifts, they offer a high density storage option.
Mobile cantilever racking allows for optimum use of the footprint of a warehouse. The racks are moveable, which allows for increased density, and – as cantilevered – they are ideal for storing heavy, long and bulky items.
Again, with no obstructions at the front they are completely accessible for forklifts, and, as they are designed to roll, only one aisle needs to be open at a time.
To talk to the team about solutions for storing long, heavy or bulky items please get in touch.