Looking to maximize storage capacity in your warehouse?
Managing an overcrowded warehouse, filled with forklifts, materials, and employees, might make additional storage seem like a daunting task. Learn from our expert tips on how to optimize your warehouse layout for enhanced storage capabilities, tailored for the demands of today’s operational challenges.
Warehouse Design and Storage
Identifying Maximum Material Lift Height in Your Warehouse
Recognizing your warehouse’s clear ceiling height is a fundamental first step in understanding how high you can safely lift materials. This crucial measurement factors in the lowest obstructions, such as sprinklers, lights, or HVAC systems. Equally important is to analyze your forklifts’ lifting capacity to ensure they can safely access the topmost levels of your pallet racking during the material loading or unloading process.
Determining Ideal Aisle Width for Forklift Operation
The ideal width of your warehouse aisles is largely influenced by the type of forklifts in use. It’s essential that the forklift navigates the aisles effortlessly, without any contact with pallet racking or stored materials. While aisle dimensions are measured from rack to rack, it’s essential to factor in the forklift’s right angle stacking capability and account for the pallet overhang, typically around 3 inches on each side.
Optimizing Column Spacing for Pallet Racking Design
The presence of structural columns in your warehouse can significantly influence the layout of pallet racking and aisle widths. These obstructions can sometimes result in lost storage space if pallet positions are obstructed by columns. Reimagining your warehouse layout, even if it’s been established for years, may be necessary to accommodate the flow of materials around these columns. For instance, flipping the orientation of the pallet racking (from vertical to horizontal) can effectively integrate columns into the racking system, thus maximizing the available warehouse floor space.
Maintaining Easy Access in Your Warehouse Layout
Important building features like electrical panels and water shut-off valves need to be easily accessible. Ensuring compliance with building codes is crucial, and we recommend consulting with a local contractor for a comprehensive review of regulations.
If you’re considering a move to a new warehouse, or planning a warehouse redesign to maximize storage space, don’t hesitate to reach out to a ProLift storage & handling specialist. Our experts will offer a no-obligation review of your pallet racking arrangements and other elements critical to optimizing material flow and storage within your warehouse.