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Doing More with Less | Innovative LEAN Warehouse Storage Solutions (Part 3 of 3) TX | OK | LA | AR | KS | MO | MI | TN
Spacesaver ActivRAC Pallet Racks on Tracks for LEAN Warehouse Storage
1. Adaptability for Current and Future Needs
2. Functional Layout and Space Configuration
3. Safety and Comfort for Employees
4. Sustainable Technologies and Practices
In Part 2, (read here) we discussed how Kardex Remstar Vertical Lift Modules are a great equipment solution for creating LEAN small parts storage areas. Now, we are going to explain how Spacesaver® ActivRAC™ Pallet Racks on Tracks can help you meet your LEAN manufacturing warehouse storage goals and do more with less. (watch a video on how Pallet Racks on Tracks save floor space and increase storage capacity)
What are Spacesaver Pallet Racks on Tracks?
The Spacesaver ActivRAC System is pallet racks that are mounted on specially designed carriage structures with wheels that roll back and forth on floor tracks; basically, they are racks on tracks. The rows of pallet racks reduce the amount of static access aisles by moving sideways along the floor tracks to create a movable or floating access aisle. With a push of a button or by remote control, up to 80’ long rows of pallet racks move to open access aisles when and where they are needed. Anything that can be moved by a lift truck or crane can be stored on Spacesaver Pallet Racks because there is virtually no size, bulk, shape, or weight design limits.
Spacesaver Mobile Pallet Racks Allow for Growth through Floor Space Savings
Spacesaver Pallet Racks on Tracks maximize your warehouse storage area by increasing your storage capacity in half the floor space. Typically, 60% of floor space is wasted on access aisles and only 40% is actually used for storage. With a Spacesaver Mobilized Rack System you can store the same amount of materials or more in 50% less floor space. You can use that extra space to consolidate storage from auxiliary warehouses, create more staging areas, add a new production line, add more offices, or add more pallet rack storage. Spacesaver Compact Pallet Racks efficiently use your warehouse storage space so that you don’t have to worry about costly off-site storage or an obsolete facility layout.
Spacesaver Pallet Racks on Tracks Create a Secure and Safe Work Environment
Because the Spacesaver rack system rolls racks together to save space, security can be better controlled if needed. Rows of racks can be locked together or the entire system can be locked to protect and secure parts from being accessed by unauthorized personnel.
The Spacesaver Racks on Tracks System is extremely safe for employees to use because it is equipped with infrared safety lasers that run from end to end along the face of the pallet rack rows and side to side across the access aisles. The safety lasers will detect whether a person or object is in an open access aisle and display on the touchpad that the aisle is in use and prevent movement of the shelving till the person or object is gone. Also, the floor tracks are flush with the concrete slab to prevent tripping hazards.
Sustainable Warehouse Storage and a Fast Return on Investment
The Spacesaver ActivRAC Pallet Racks on Tracks are a great way to invest in sustainable technologies. Because they conserve so much floor space, you can reduce or eliminate new building construction costs, auxiliary warehouses, building expansions, and decrease operational costs like lighting, heat, air conditioning, and insurance.
The Compact Pallet Racks also provide a quick return on investment (ROI). Spacesaver Compact Mobile Rack owners can expect their ROI in as little as 24 months. The Spacesaver Pallet Racks on Tracks System’s three main qualities, easy access with 100% selectivity, efficient cube utilization, and a high ROI with quick payback, allow companies looking for sustainable LEAN storage systems to remain competitive.
LEAN Warehouse Storage Equipment Solutions
In this three part blog series, we told you about ways to improve your warehouse facility and provided you with equipment solutions that will help you make those improvements. If you want more information on LEAN manufacturing warehouse storage ideas, Kardex Remstar Vertical Lift Modules (VLM), or Spacesaver® ActivRAC™ Pallet Racks on Tracks, feel free to call us today at 1-800-803-1083 or email us for a free 30 minute phone consultation with one of our sales engineers.
Southwest Solutions Group Kansas City Office (Formerly Automated Business Systems) Moves to New Office
Come visit Southwest Solutions Group’s storage and filing experts at our new location at 7949 Bond Street in Lenexa, KS. Automated Business Systems acquired in 2010 by Southwest Solutions Group provides storage and filing solutions that will save space, increase productivity, and keep your business organized for success.
Our knowledgeable representatives work with all types of commercial and industrial businesses including government, museum, heathcare, legal, education, manufacturing, and distribution facilities to reduce floor space, operating costs, and increase productivity. So, no matter what you need to store, we have a storage system that will meet your needs in less space.
Here are just a few examples of our office business storage products:
• High Density Filing Cabinets and Storage Shelving: This compact storage option stores files in about one-third the space as traditional file cabinets.
• Modular Casework: Flexible casework cabinets that are easy to reconfigure and relocate saving replacement costs and our landfills.
• Mailroom Furniture: You can keep mail, documents, forms, and literature organized with easy to assemble mailroom furniture.
• Rotary Cabinets: These rotating filing cabinets provide double the amount of storage as regular file cabinets and lock to protect important files.
• Sliding File Cabinets: By attaching your existing file cabinets to bi-file or tri-file tracks, you have an inexpensive filing storage solution that lets you store more files in less space.
Industrial Material Handling Storage Products and Systems
Here are some examples of our industrial material handling storage products:
• Compact Pallet Racks on Tracks: These motorized pallet racks on tracks allow you to condense your warehouse storage area in half the floor space.
• Mezzanines: Freestanding and structural mezzanines extend your storage area vertically to create extra usable space.
• Industrial Mobile Shelving: You can store anything on mobile shelving from the smallest screw to an aircraft engine.
• Modular Drawers and Workstations: Make your storage area work for you wherever you need it with modular drawers and workstations.
We have a division devoted to all facets of document imaging from planning to implementation. Here is a short list of some of the services we can provide:
• Information consulting and planning services
• Imaging and electronic file conversions
• Document scanning services
• RFID and barcode file tracking solutions
• Merging/consolidating multiple filing systems into one centralized file system
• Purging files and documents
Southwest Solutions Group’s Kansas office (formerly known as Automated Business Systems) has been helping businesses with storage and filing solutions since 1969. Our products and services are available on the Kansas Department of Administration State Purchasing Contract #10050, Kansas City Purchasing Agreement, United States General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Contracts, SYSTEC Small Business GSA Contract, National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) Purchasing Agreement, and numerous Healthcare Purchasing Contracts.
Email or call us today at (913) 345-0289 for a free 30 minute phone consultation to discuss your filing and storage requirements.
Pallet Racks on Tracks Will Save Floor Space and Double Your Warehouse Storage Capacity
Donald’s company just took on three new clients, but there was no room to store the files so they had to move people out of the office and into the warehouse and move products to an offsite auxiliary lease warehouse. This was not an ideal situation for Donald because he was one of the unlucky workers that had to move into the warehouse. However, with the help of Southwest Solutions Group® and Pallet Racks on Tracks, Donald was able to solve his company’s warehouse storage problem. Watch the video below to see how everything unfolded.
Want to Learn More Details About Donald’s Warehouse Storage Project?
You’re in luck because Donald has provided us with his step by step guide that explains how Pallet Racks on Tracks helped his company double their warehouse storage capacity and increase their office space. Just visit racksontracks.com for more information!
Ready to be the Next Donald?
If you are ready to be a star at your office like Donald by solving your company’s warehouse storage dilemma with Pallet Racks on Tracks, then give us a call toll free at 1-800-803-1083 or send us an email. We can provide you with a complementary budget and savings analysis to see how much space your company can save with Pallet Racks on Tracks.
LEAN Manufacturing with Kardex Horizontal Carousels
Are you looking to improve your manufacturing parts storage? Horizontal Carousels use lean manufacturing initiatives, to cut out waste and maximize productivity. If you are looking for a way to do more with less, a Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousel is a great option. Horizontal Carousels with FastPic inventory management software can increase productivity, save floor space, improve picking accuracy, and give you a quick return on investment.
Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousels Increase Productivity and Picking Accuracy
With Horizontal Carousels equipped with FastPic inventory management technology, workers can batch pick orders instead of walking around searching for parts one at a time. Here is an example of how the horizontal carousel can increase productivity output: Several orders are sent to a batch workstation to be processed. The horizontal carousels automatically rotate for the first pick, and by using pick lights the operator is directed to the exact location of the first pick. The operator picks the quantity indicated on the pick screen and distributes the parts into six order bins as directed by the FastPic software. As the operator is distributing the parts from the first pick, the other horizontal carousels begin rotating to the next pick, virtually eliminating operator dwell time. This process repeats until the six parts in the batch are filled. One company that recently invested in the Kardex Horizontal Carousel (view image gallery) was able to reduce their picking staff from 5 to 3 people, which equates to a 40% labor savings.
The Horizontal Carousel also allows for quick hot picks when they are needed. Simply push a button and the carousel rotates to deliver the part to the pick station. Once the hot pick part is delivered to the operator, they can easily transition back to the batch order process. The ability to deliver hot picks speeds up the time to retrieve parts without disrupting the batch picking process.
Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousels Save Floor Space and Money
Depending on your exact situation you can save 40% of your manufacturing floor space with a Kardex Horizontal Carousel (View video). For example, a company had 7,000 square feet of warehouse space and 1,600 square feet of additional off-site storage space for storing parts. With the Horizontal Carousel, they were able to store all their parts onsite in 5,000 square feet, for a 42% space savings. With the space and labor savings, the Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousel provides you a quick return on investment in as little as 18 months.
If you are interested in increasing productivity and saving floor space in your manufacturing warehouse with a Kardex Horizontal Carousel, call us today at 1-800-803-1083 or send us an email.
Double Your Floor Space With Storage Mezzanines Dallas Ft Worth Houston Oklahoma City San Antonio Little Rock Austin Memphis Kansas City
If your warehouse is running out of storage space, perhaps it is time to look up. Literally, look up in your warehouse; do you see all that empty overhead space? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use that overhead space as productive storage space? Well guess what, you can with a freestanding mezzanine! Not only will you save money by building your storage vertically with a freestanding mezzanine, you will save on overhead costs too. Think about the additional costs of expanding your building or moving storage off-site. There would be additional energy costs and personnel travel time to meet delivery trucks and to retrieve parts, and that can drive up expenses fast. With a freestanding mezzanine, you’re maximizing the use of your existing utilities while gaining double or triple the storage space.
What is a Freestanding Mezzanine?
If you’re not exactly sure what a freestanding mezzanine is, it’s a modular floor system supported by steel columns (posts). Freestanding mezzanines are also referred to as structural mezzanines, steel mezzanines, and wide span mezzanines. A great feature about the freestanding mezzanine is that they can be relocated if you move to a new facility. Freestanding mezzanines are available with several types of floor surfaces and can be equipped with lights, sprinklers, handrails, stairways and other options. Mezzanines can be used inside a variety of business such as manufacturing plants, processing plants, industrial plants, warehouses, distribution centers, parts departments, stockrooms, and more.
Benefits of Freestanding Mezzanines
There are many benefits to purchasing a freestanding mezzanine. First of all, you will dramatically increase your storage floor space, and because you are building vertically instead of horizontally you will save valuable floor space. Freestanding mezzanines can be easily modified to fit around existing equipment, building columns, and other obstructions, which make their design very flexible to meet your requirements. Mezzanines save you money because they can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption to your employees versus moving your storage off-site or expanding your building. (Click here to watch Industrial Storage Case Study Video)