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Rack Supported Warehouses

Massey Admin - Monday, August 02, 2010

Over the years we have designed Rack Supported Warehouses for the food industry; these racks carry the product but also support the roofs and sides of the building. These rack structures use 70-80 percent of the cube utilization. Most of these warehouses were -10 degree freezers. The warehouses where designed for use with counterbalanced electric forklifts or DC drive stacker cranes.

Advantage: Building can be depreciated as rack in 5-6 years.

Disadvantage: The building can only be used for the pallet size in the original design.

If this system is of interest please call us, we can go through the pluses and minuses, cost, etc.

Warehouse Design and Layout

Massey Admin - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Let us look at current ideas on design of your projected warehouse:

1. Concrete wall- typically tilt up style-fast and low cost. Pre-fab metal building are fast and low cost. Both systems are very good.

2. Interior clear height should be 20 feet. This should be the dimension under the bar joist.

3. High density sprinklers located within the bar joists.

4. Fluorescent light fixtures up in your joists, centered over your aisles.

5. Motion detectors to activate your in aisle lighting system.

Warehouse Design: Interior Considerations

Massey Admin - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Remember, your warehouse structure is no more than a skin around your products stored. It is there to protect the products against the environment and theft.

Design the interior system first, then design the skin.

Some ideas to make your warehouse more green and more functional:

  1. Are roof air vents (to increase airflow) and skylights (to increase natural light) appropriate? Think green, think energy savings.
  2. Are wall panels that are translucent a good idea to increase natural light?
  3. Protect your building columns from damage by using the new plastic column protectors. Much less costly than pouring concrete around your columns for protection.
  4. Concrete floor design: Minimum 6" thickness with a good sub-base. Determine the weight of the products stored per square foot plus the rolling load imposed by the warehouse equipment.

New Warehouse Cost Analysis

Massey Admin - Tuesday, April 06, 2010

When you are considering a new warehouse or new warehousing system you should analyze your cost. In this analysis you should consider the following:

  • Space- New building and land cost vs. the costs of existing building and land.
  • Manpower- Yearly payroll cost of proposed system vs. existing system.
  • Product Damage- Yearly cost, proposed system vs. existing system.
  • Equipment and Maintenance- Yearly cost, proposed system vs. existing system.
  • Utilities and Operating cost- Yearly cost such as lighting, heating, refrigeration and maintenance thereof. Also savings in going green. Proposed versus existing system
  • Inventory- Yearly cost reduced movement of inventory, reduced size of inventory, reduce manpower cost. Proposed vs. existing system
  • Taxes and Interest- Yearly cost, compare with existing taxes with proposed. Compare mortgage interest also.

Total all the above and determine your savings

Dock Door Layout Suggestions

Massey Admin - Monday, March 15, 2010

Dock Doors:

  1. Size of Doors 9’x9’ doors standard around midcontinent area trailers are 13’ 6” x 8’ 6”. This size door allows full access to the entire trailer.
  2. Centerline to Centerline of doors should be 12 to 14 feet, This allows the driver to have enough room to back in the trailer.
  3. Door Considerations: Insulated, non insulated, vertical lift, overhead, power or manual. This all depends on the application.
  4. Door track protection will significantly prolong the life of the door.

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