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Saturday 17 April 2021
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7 Construction business storage solutions

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Do you run a construction business? If so, you’ll know about all the challenges associated with construction and the storing of very large items and equipment, not to mention all the associated costs. There’s a great range of storage solutions out there, tailor-made to suit construction. Pallet racking is a really convenient option and companies like Elbowroom have an extensive range to suit your needs (click here). You also have other options if you have a smaller business.

Selective Rack

Selective Rack is a style of pallet rack commonly used by businesses. As the name suggests, this racking structure allows 100 per cent selectivity of stored pallets. It’s a fairly low-cost option, and ideal when you need flexibility, speed and access. Moreover, it can be serviced by almost any type of forklift. Selective Rack allows storage flexibility and versatility, whether you need a packing bench or small goods racks, or thousands of heavy loads in systems as high as 10 metres.

Double Deep Rack

Double Deep Rack is ideal if you require increased storage density – i.e. where larger quantities of the same SKUs are stored. You can service these racks with purpose-made Double Reach fork trucks that have pantograph mechanisms built in so you can reach into the rear pallet. Keep in mind that the operator must remove the front pallet before accessing the rear pallet.

Drive-In Pallet Racking

For high density pallet storage, this is the most popular and lowest–cost option. It can be serviced conveniently by various forklifts (including counterbalance and reach trucks). Drive-In Pallet Racking uses the FILO principle (first pallet in is the first pallet out), which provides exceptional storage capacity.

Narrow Aisle Racking

If pallet selection and maximum footprint are a priority, this is a great idea. Here, selective rack is configured with narrow aisles, which is paired with a NA fork truck. These trucks may be more expensive, but it can result in substantial savings on building footprint costs when applied correctly. Only those with the right qualifications can design and install this type of system.

Cantilever Racks

Cantilever racks are an excellent option for storing very heavy loads, long products, furniture or any oddly shaped items. Cantilever arms can be decked with mesh, steel or timber, which is precisely why they’re great for those miscellaneous objects.

Carpet Racks

If you’re working with carpet, store them on carpet racks that act as both a bulk storage device and a dispenser rack.

Folding Transport Cages

These cages are racked, stacked, collapsed and packed. They’re extremely versatile and forklift friendly. Use them with pallet racking and for storing loose, odd shapes in all sizes.

Whatever the size of your construction business, you’ll no doubt be able to find all kinds of storage solutions. If yours is a larger business, it’s probably a good idea to seek out a big company that may sell you what you need at a discounted rate for bulk orders. If a modest business is what you have, search for a smaller company that could specialise in more personalised customer service.