If vertical storage is on your radar, chances are your warehouse, manufacturing or distribution facility has forced you to reevaluate your space and handling systems. Vertical storage systems are one of the easiest methods for reclaiming unused square footage and elevate the handling processes of your product. While every company situation and investment budget is unique, there are practical vertical storage systems that are affordable at varying price levels. The experts at Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc. have provided some quick tips on how to navigate the potentials of vertical storage systems.
If the focus is solely on space:
Creating vertical storage in a small foot print is generally the first and budget friendly move over finding and investing in a larger space. Static shelving is the solution option in this instance as it is lower cost, easy to source, ergonomic, and safe.
If the focus is on space and quick access:
When evaluating the potential for vertical storage systems in your facility, beyond static shelving, consider the benefits of entry level automation. This is especially true in applications when the levels of small piece inventory are at least the 300 to 400 range and the emphasis is on quick access to all pieces.
If the focus is on space, quick access and asset protection:
When securing high value inventory is at stake, vertical storage systems become an ever more appealing investment. By limiting employee access (badges/I.D’s) to certain high value items, this type of system allows for an overall improvement in accuracy and accountability.
If the focus is on space, accuracy, safety, and efficiency:
In specialty environments where heavy or particularly awkward picking are the priority, vertical storage systems are not only a clever but essential solution. This is equally valid in other environments where extremely clean or hazardous picking are the significant concern.
Quick Facts on Vertical Storage Systems:
- In manufacturing, return on investment (ROI) averages 5 years, but 1 to 1 ½ years ROI in distribution.
- In space and reduction of overhead (i.e. 15 people to 3 people), ROI averages 2 to 2 ½ years.
- Vertical storage has been around for 20 years, but new advantages in the software capabilities (pick to light, laser pointers, etc.) is the reason to take another look.
The bottom line is that unless your company has really low inventory or unlimited space, vertical storage systems are a worthwhile investment for most every environment. More importantly, it can combine multiple storage and handling improvements in one seamless solution. To learn more, contact your location material handling expert to conduct a vertical storage systems audit on your facility.