Warehouses are a key component in manufacturing and distribution industries. To put it simply, an efficient warehouse should be financially lucrative. Today, we’ll be exploring a few methods which may help to optimise your manufacturing space.
1. Minimise Warehouse Downtime
An optimal warehouse should act as a fast-moving, non-stop environment. The less downtime involved in warehouse operations, the more money can be generated. A range of factors can effect warehouse downtime. These include: outdated machinery and software; lacking spare equipment for unexpected breakdowns; neglecting to monitor equipment and outdated inventories. Minimising warehouse downtime is something you can begin planning when you are designing a warehouse. Planning with contingency costs in mind will help if/when a crisis happens to arise. If you already have a plan in place for faulty or misplaced equipment then getting back up and running will be a far quicker process.
2. Install a Mezzanine Floor
Mezzanine floors offer a perfect method for utilising space within a warehouse. These sturdy structures offer an extra level of flooring inside your already existing building. If you’re looking to expand your business on a budget, then optimising your warehouse with a mezzanine floor might be the way to go. Generally, they offer a cheap alternative for extra space with a rough price of between 75 and 130 pounds per square meter. Keep in mind there will be extra costs involved, such as designs and site visits, lighting, fire rating, partitioning, etc. Mezzanine floors offer the perfect space for offices and storage. This acts as a great way to utilise space instead of investing into additional buildings or renting from another company.
3. Plan Out Pallet Racking
Planning out your racking is vital for maximising efficiency. Before installing any racking measure out your space to ensure that you’re using every inch to the best of its ability. When measuring out your available space, it’s important to ensure that the distance between racking units is sufficiently wide for forklift access, however, not too wide that this results in wasted space. You can also optimise the space by utilising the height of your workplace as well as its length and breadth. Building up racking units high will maintain a highly efficient workflow. However, make sure to leave sufficient clearance between the tops and bottoms of each available space in your racking. Neglecting to leave this space will not only slow down your forklift operator, but could also result in damage to the racking itself.
4. Optimise Industrial Warehouse Doors
Industrial doors come in many shapes and sizes. However, in a warehouse where doors are constantly opening and closing, the energy costs can quickly add up. There are a couple of different warehouse doors that could help save you both time and money in the workplace. High speed folding doors are typically used in warehouses that have separated areas with contrasting environments. If you’re trying to keep a particular room cold, then repeatedly opening the industrial doors will act as a hindrance. However, when this cannot be avoided, the high speed folding door cuts down the time, taking around two seconds to open/close and therefore minimising energy losses.