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Bulk Storage rack

Massey Admin - Friday, October 08, 2010

Bulk storage racks are commonly used in warehouses and storage operations to store individual pieces and cartons that are hand loaded – (not palletized or forklift loaded)

Bulk Racks have clear spans from 4’ to 8’. They are usually 8’ to 12’ high by 2’ to 4’ deep. You will notice most are designed to use plywood or chip board, (4’x 8’ sheets). Load capacities range from 2000# per shelf down to 200# per shelf.


  • 1.       Low Cost
  • 2.       Ease of Construction
  • 3.       No special tools required

Massey Equipment Stocks the following bulk racking:

  • 1.       Interlake-Mecalux Slotted Angle
  • 2.       Interlake-Mecalux QA
  • 3.       Rivet Rack wide span.

Let us design your next project.


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.

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

Warehouse Design Parameters

Massey Admin - Monday, February 08, 2010

1.   Storage systems design required information:
    a.    Clear height in building
    b.    Aisle width
    c.    Product specs
This information is used to build the warehouse around the storage system.

2.    80% of all storage systems on the midcontinent area are based on the following parameters:
    a.    12’ wide aisles.
    b.    20’ high storage height
    c.    Pallet: 40” x 48”
    d.    Load 2500# per pallet
    e.    Counterbalanced fork lift truck, triple stage mast, and side shifter.

3.   Building column centers 40’. A 40’ dimension provides maximum use of floor space when using a pallet foot print of 48” x 48” and a 12’ aisle. This 40’ centerline to centerline between columns is normal for new roof spans (joists and beams).

Warehouse Initial Layout Considerations

Massey Admin - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If you are designing a warehouse from scratch, please consider the following:

  • Location of your warehouse as a distribution point: Remember 300 mile maximum radius to ship. LTL and Truck Load rate add too much to product cost.
  • Location of your warehouse on a plot of ground: If possible place your loading dock on the east or south side of the warehouse. This will eliminate most of the weather problems in the northern hemisphere (prevailing winds and weather west to east).

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