Due to the fact that warehouses and distribution centres had to shift their focus from high volume storage to rapid order fulfilment, standard storage and racking solutions don’t accommodate current business needs anymore. To that extent, more and more business owners and warehouse managers have become interested in custom designed solutions. A custom racking design can provide you with the exact type of system you need to accommodate both your available space and your products. It is greatly advantageous to invest in such a bespoke system, as it will have a highly beneficial impact on your business operations. A perfect match between the racking you use and the floor space you’ve got available together with the type of load you need to store and move will lead to increased efficiency, reduced work times and minimised picking and loading errors.
The right supplier
The first step in building a custom racking design that brings along all the above mentioned benefits is finding the right supplier. There are many companies that operate within the shelving and racking industry, so you won’t have a shortage of options. However, not all suppliers have the experienced designers and engineers able to undertake this type of projects, not to mention the necessary product range. The choice of supplier is also important because the process of designing bespoke shelving and racking is starts with a site survey and the measurements and assessments made at this stage are the foundation of the entire project, so you do want experienced and qualified designers to handle the project.
Site visit and quotes
The next step in custom racking design, after finding the best supplier, is setting up a site survey, as mentioned above, and requesting a quotation. In the ideal case, a team of shelving and racking designers will come to measure up your site and take note of any fire exists, heaters and other such aspects to provide a customised solution. Based on these measurements, the supplier should provide you with detailed CAD drawings so that you can get an accurate perspective of how the project will look in the end. The drawings should always be accompanied by a quotation, which will help you not only establish a budget, but also plan ahead more easily.
If the CAD drawings are exactly what you had expected and wanted, then the next step in custom racking design is delivery and installation. Again, the choice of supplier you make will influence the development of this step. Different suppliers have different lead times, but if you want quick delivery and installation, you will be able to find companies that provide fast services. Just make sure you enquire about time frames from the very beginning. As far as installation goes, it’s important to choose a supplier that has SEIRS certified installers to make sure your installation process complies with all the health and safety regulations and other such standards.