At first glance, a building with a clear height of 20’ might be perfect for an 18’ tall pallet racking system. But what if there are plans to store product on the top level. Will that leave enough room to maneuver? What about the distance to the sprinkler system? Not only do storage systems need to operate within the confines of the space they’re in, but the space itself needs to be able to house the storage system in a way that produces peak efficiency, and meets code and safety requirements.
This also applies to the type of storage system a business integrates into their operations. For example, a push back pallet rack system demands less square footage than a selective pallet rack does but requires a certain type of product mix. Failing to choose the right type of system can make storing materials less efficient and produce less than optimal results.
Don’t forget about building codes. Even if a storage system and warehouse layout are perfectly engineered, they need to pass the gatekeeper: codes. We’ll talk more about codes and permitting in future articles, but you can find the Minnesota Building Code’s at http://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/codes15.asp.