Raising Storage Expectations: Making the most of your DC with a Raised Storage Solution

Australian warehouses and distribution centres (DCs) are under pressure
like never before in efficiently storing goods and distributing goods to
customers on time and in the right condition. Meeting increasingly disparate
delivery schedules and stocking a wider range of SKUs to accommodate changing
consumer demands and acquisitions create a range of trying operational issues.
While much attention in the industry is given to better management of workflows
and people to ensure the ongoing efficiency of the DC, one of the most critical
aspects of warehouse operations is how to better utilise available, unused
storage space.

Having the right storage solution can not only maximise the footprint
and storage capabilities of your DC, it can also deliver greater productivity
and avoid major relocation costs if the perception is that you’ve outgrown your
current facility. But how can you economically get more out of your available
DC space? The answer may be through a raised floor that gives you access to
unused overhead space.

Raising the standards in DC
storage

Raised storage areas are cost-effective solutions that can add
significantly to the usable floor area in your DC. A raised storage area
provides access to an overhead work area without interrupting ground level
workflows that can be used for bulk storage, order picking areas or even as
additional office space.

Raised storage areas can be integrated with stairs, handrails,
conveyors, pallet gates and other lifting and loading devices. They offer
virtually unlimited options to utilise valuable overhead space in your
warehouse and can seamlessly integrate existing shelving and racking systems,
carton-live storage, and heavy-duty shelving. Fire protection equipment such as
sprinklers, smoke curtains, and electrical wiring, can also be mounted under
the floor.

Medium and heavy-duty
applications

A wide range of raised storage areas can be developed to
cost-effectively provide more useable space in a DC. Low cost, medium-duty
floors can be designed using standard pallet racking components. In heavy-duty
applications, structural columns are combined with specialist beam sections
which provide the necessary floorspace and load-carrying capability over larger
spans.

In a medium-duty flooring system, the floor space is increased by using
racking as a fast and inexpensive means of constructing freestanding, raised
storage areas. The use of standardised rack components allow quick and easy
designs as well as the integration of different shelving and racking systems*.

For heavy-duty raised floors, or cases where larger clear open space
under the raised floor or wide aisle space are important, special profile beams
can be combined with rack frames or square hollow section columns. This way,
larger spans can be achieved, delivering more column-free space under the
floor, and significantly lowering installation time and costs.

Raised floors can also be designed to be easily moved or modified to
accommodate the changing needs of a DC into the future.

Why a Colby raised storage
solution?

Designed by Dematic’s industry-leading structural engineers, all Colby
raised storage areas are configured to ensure safety, integrity, and
compliance, meeting the relevant Australian design standards. Colby’s range of
uprights, beams, frames, and connectors are made in Australia from
high-quality, high-tensile structural steel. Smart section design including
strengthening ribs and reinforcing flanges also ensure outstanding safety and
structural efficiency.

*Subject to any relevant planning approval.

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