With today’s emphasis on reduced inventory, rapid throughput and quick response to market needs, an industrial storage system should have three qualities; fast, easy access with 100% selectivity, efficient cube utilization, and high return on investment (ROI) with quick payback.
More than that, the ideal storage system is an important contributor to workflow effectiveness and productivity. Whether for parts and materials, tools, drawings, files, work in process or finished goods, its main purpose is to store material to be used ... not just to sit there. Storage is dynamic, not static. That’s why Spacesaver high-density mobile storage systems are “state of the art” for today’s industries. They are designed for performance.
Twice as much material, or more, can be stored in the same area. Or, half the space you need now can be used for something else. By using less space, it is possible that the stored material can be located closer to the point of use for faster retrieval.
CENTRALIZED OR DECENTRALIZED?
Many companies organize their storage functions in one or two centrally located Spacesaver systems for maximum cube utilization. Others opt for material stored in several smaller systems, strategically placed at point of use. One manufacturer strategically positioned 17 different mobile systems along the assembly process starting at incoming parts inspection. They store parts and materials; paperwork and drawings; tools; work in process; masking materials for the paint line; and packaging materials at the shipping dock for easy access right where they’re needed.
Anything that can be moved by a lift truck or crane can be stored on a Spacesaver system. There are virtually no size, bulk, shape or weight design limits. So far, nobody has come up with a serious load requirement that we couldn’t meet. And we can fit our systems to meet almost any building column or ceiling height restrictions.
We’ve built everything from small 30 in (762 mm) wide lateral shelving units for shop floor offices to warehouse carriages 150 ft (45 m) and longer with load capacities over 250,000 lbs (113,400 kg). We’ve even put our systems in freezers to maximize their storage capacity.
ANY KIND OF HOUSING
Shelves, cabinets, modular drawers, unit boxes, lockers, pallet or cantilever racks, virtually any kind of housing, even tooling display racks for tool cribs, can be incorporated in a Spacesaver system.
MACHINE OR HAND LOADING
Spacesaver systems can be supplied for machine loading by lift truck or crane, or for hand loading. A wide variety of safety and control devices are available to prevent carriage movement and protect personnel and equipment in the aisles.
Wire-guided vehicles can be integrated with Spacesaver systems by means of guide wires in the aisle floors. Vehicles can also be equipped with remote aisle controls.
MATERIAL CONTROL AND SECURITY
The chances of material loss or damage are minimized because Spacesaver systems compact stored materials into a protected and controlled “storage cube.” Only a small percentage of shelf positions are vulnerable at any one time. Compacted modules can be locked to reduce opportunity for pilferage or unauthorized requisition, as well as protect the contents from dust, water and fire damage. Optional sprinkler and fire extinguisher systems can be built in to protect flammables.
Spacesaver systems can be integrated with inventory control systems with bar-coded shelf or bin locations and programmed to signal or open the proper aisle for storing or picking a given item.
ROI AND PAYBACK
Spacesaver systems typically pay for themselves in two years or less on space saving alone. If they eliminate need for new construction, the payback can be much faster. It is not uncommon for the inventory reduction resulting from a more efficient storage system to generate and almost immediate payback. And that’s still not counting the operational benefits of faster access and improved workflow.