Posted on: 21 January 2015Share
The company owner that depends on employees reaching a certain level of production every day understands the great need for organization. Poor organization leads to slow and irregular material handling. By utilizing workable, more organized types of inventory and material storage, you can rest assured your company's production materials are being handled in the most profitable manner.
The Racking System Best For Your Materials
The type of materials used daily in your company's production need to be in a place easy to reach and easy to stock. One of the greatest mistakes many managers and owners make when choosing racking systems is not considering the placement of most-used materials. For example, if your production workers depend on plastic pellets, making sure the ones used the most are on the bottom racks is important. If those same plastic pellets are stored up high in a racking system, your material handlers will need more time retrieving them. Several types of racking systems are available for you to choose from:
- Pallet Racks: Pallet racking systems are common and used a great deal by industries that store materials like lumber and large sheets of plywood. Pallet systems work great for large, flat materials and also for boxed materials. However, pallet racks are not easy to move once erected, so any materials used less often should be placed at the tops. Materials on the top racks are generally accessible with high mast forklifts.
- Push-Back Pallet Racks: For companies without a great deal of storage space, the push-back system is a good choice. Push-back racking systems allow you to store pallets, boxes and other materials on a sliding rack for pushing materials back into the racking system. With this racking system, the rule also applies of placing the most used materials on the bottom and on the outside of other materials behind them.
- Gravity Racking: Gravity flow racking systems are great for warehouses limited in storage space because you can store material deep into it. A roller system work to bring materials to the front for easy access and pick up.
Training Material Handlers Adds A Higher Level of Organization
Before you allow a material handler loose on a forklift in your company, making sure that person has had adequate training about the racking system you use is extremely important. Remaining organized and on task in any kind of production means material handlers being trained about the best way to make the most of the racking system. By taking the time to train material handlers, you save time in the long run for mistakes that ultimately lead to disorganization and slower production.