Lots of things can go wrong in warehouses, but there are some problems that are overlooked. This is often because warehouses are busy places and things need to keep moving, so there is not enough time to assess larger issues. However, failure to address these issues will just mean that you and your warehouse are making the same mistakes again and again.
With this in mind therefore, let’s take a look at some of the more common challenges that warehouses face and some clever and (in many cases) cost-effective solutions to these problems.
Need more Vertical Reach
One particular problem that many warehouses face is the need for higher reach. This is usually because there are various order-picking machines that are effective for low-level picking needs but are unable to access the higher racks and items. The most obvious solution, therefore, is to invest in a high-level or mid-level picker. These will ensure that your order pickers will be able to pick those items on lower level racks as well as the others on higher racks too.
As many warehouses need their workers to work at much higher elevations, there is a need to have more portable and stable platforms to work on. Personnel lifts are a great solution, such as telescoping boom lifts that can extend the vertical reach and are operated by a qualified individual from the top of a particular work platform. Scissor lifts are another great option, as are articulating boom lifts. If you are looking to reinforce the actual storage structures themselves so that the racks are secure, there are a variety of different safety components that can be bought at Racking Spares, such as pallet racking pins and locks.
Aisles that are Narrow
When aisles are very narrow, it can be hard to navigate equipment and machinery around a warehouse. This in turn, can have an adverse effect on productivity and can cause damage and accidents. There are various forklifts that have been designed and built specifically to function in tighter, narrower areas. Rather than sitting down, the operators of these particular forklifts stand up to operate, meaning that navigating around the warehouse and down the aisles is much easier, results in less accidents and gives a more insightful view of the materials they are transporting and items they are picking.
Maintaining and Changing Batteries
When you have to run a busy warehouse, another major problem is maintaining and changing batteries in machinery like forklifts and other heavy handling equipment. It takes up a lot of time and expense. This could be avoided though if you switch the type of batteries you are using to lithium-ion batteries, which take less time to charge compared to more conventional and old-fashioned lead-acid varieties and do not need much in the way of maintenance. It’s true that they cost more upfront, but in the long run they could save you quite a bit of money as you won’t have to deal with maintenance costs.