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Optimize Storage in Industrial Facilities

Authored by Derek Rotondi
February 27, 2023

A warehouse or industrial facility is constantly changing its inventory as new items are being acquired and stored, and products are being distributed. One of the most important factors in laying out a material handling facility is optimizing your storage density. If you are primarily dealing with loose items not on pallets, then you should consider the wide variety of used industrial shelving that American Surplus carries. 

Industrial shelving is generally made of metal or wood. These materials include steel, aluminum, copper, chrome, plywood, and oak. Unlike other storage systems, industrial shelving is easier to modify to fit the layout of your facility and business’s needs. Industrial shelving makes it easy to add accessories such as inserts or dividers. Another common feature across industrial shelving is the ability to adjust the shelves, but the increase in intensity at which this can be done varies. Industrial warehouse shelving easily helps to improve productivity and effectiveness in a business’s facility.

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Industrial shelving is an affordable solution for distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and storage places. This economical solution is a great way for businesses to get additional space without breaking the bank. This type of storage system is an ideal way to make the most of a facilities space. Overall, warehouse shelving presents a varied array of solutions to space management challenges and storing inventory. By improving visibility, items are more accessible to workers and make the picking or retrieval process efficient and easy. Industrial warehouse shelving equipment will allow you to get the additional storage capacity you need without breaking the bank.

The first major option you will be faced with when deciding which type of industrial metal shelving is right for your facility is whether you need open or closed style shelving. Open style shelving allows for products to be accessed from all sides and makes inventory items highly visible. This style of shelving is ideal for stockrooms, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers or office storage where extra space is needed. Closed style shelving features the same frame as open style, but walls are then added to the sides and back. This is great for keeping inventory secure, especially small parts and odd shaped objects that can shift position. Ideally closed style industrial shelving is used in either warehouses or commercial use. 

There are also three different methods for securing shelves to the frames. Nut and bolt shelving is the sturdiest of the three but requires the most time and labor to set up. Clip shelving is not as sturdy as nut and bolt shelving, and more sturdy than boltless, and they use clips to lock each shelf into place. Typically, the top and bottom shelf are secured with nuts and bolts for added sturdiness. This is much quicker to assemble while still being able to hold large amounts of weight. The last style is boltless shelving, which takes the least amount of time to set up but also has the lowest weight capacity.

Amongst all the other warehouse shelving styles, industrial shelving is the most adaptable to different warehouse environments. There is no limit when it comes to how to use industrialized warehouse shelving.

Stop by American Surplus; we are your one stop shop for all your industrial shelving and storage needs. Need to store palletized loads? We also have a large amount of used pallet racking on hand in many different styles. Don’t know which is right for you? Give us a call, our sales team will work with you and determine what type of storage equipment is right for your facility. Call (800) 876-3736 today!