Is your pallet racking making poor use of your valuable vertical space? Often times, the solution is to re-slot your pallet racking. What do we mean when we say “re-slot?” Re-slotting your racking simply means adjusting your beam levels so that there’s minimal wasted vertical space. To see a great example of valuable and unused vertical space, take a look at the image below.
When this starts to become apparent, a common reaction is to propose getting more warehouse space or additional storage equipment. After all, if space is starting to run low, those are two commonsense solutions. The problem arises when space isn’t actually running low, but is instead being poorly utilized. This is when the solution of re-slotting pallet rack presents itself as a more cost effective solution to buying more space or a new storage system.
The re-slotting process itself is fairly straightforward, but should be carried out with safety as a top priority. It will involve unloading pallet rack beam levels so that the beams themselves can be rearranged to a more suitable height. While this is going on, it’s a good idea to have a dedicated staging zone for the product being displaced and keep unnecessary personnel away from the area. The beam level reconfiguration should be done by a trained professional with experience assembling and disassembling pallet racking. Once beam levels are re-slotted, product can be placed back on the now more-efficient pallet storage racking.
Need a Total Reconfiguration of Your Racking?
At this point, you may want to reconfigure your whole racking layout. If you want to have it done professionally, you can work with a warehouse layout and design specialist. Have one of our experts take a walk through your warehouse and provide a CAD drawing of your optimal layout. Be sure to let them know of any questions or preferences you have. Also, remember to keep warehouse safety codes and standards in mind, and ask your dedicated salesperson if you’re unsure about compliance. Allow yourself some time to think and review your plans. But, don’t wait around if your warehouse isn’t serving your business needs. After all, the purpose of re-slotting and reconfiguring is to increase space and productivity