From simple lockers and filing cabinets to more sophisticated storage solutions like racking and Linbins, each facility has its own specialised requirements for storage that accounts for even the most basic parts of their operational efficiency and safety.
Whether storage is important for workplace efficiency and organisation, or something as critical as personnel safety, there is a lot to be said about what the right solution can do to enhance nearly all areas of efficiency in several settings.
But identifying your needs for storage is not something that always comes easy, and sometimes requires a complex combination of different solutions being used at once, so knowing which solutions are available to you and which are ideal for different situations, can help you make a more informed decision.
Our team of bolt on shelving manufacturers in Johannesburg can help you with just that. The next time you find yourself considering storage solutions for your business, ask yourself the following questions:
WHY DO I NEED STORAGE?
There are plenty of different reasons why a facility might need to up its storage capacity, with the two major ones being improved organisation and enhanced facility safety.
Storage solutions designed to enhance organisation build on your facility’s efficiency since every needed tool or material can be accounted for and found without any issue when it is needed. Less time spent gathering resources and equipment means more efficient productivity.
Secondly, the maintenance of facility safety means ensuring that there are no unnecessary obstacles on any surface or floor areas that might pose a risk to personnel. These items need to be stored correctly to mitigate the dangers they pose, making this a common reason for sourcing a storage solution in facilities.
As an added bonus, the right approach to storage will also ensure additional protection for sensitive materials and tools, which means less money spent on replacing or repairing them later.
The reasons behind your choice will affect whether something like shelving or racking would be better than cabinets or boxes, so its important to understand why you need storage, and how that will affect the solution you choose.
HOW PERMANENT IS MY SOLUTION?
The next thing to think about is how long and how frequently storage will be used. If you only need a temporary solution, a more cost-effective one might be the answer, so too could something a bit more versatile like racking.
If, however, the solution is meant to be a fixture, it would be better to opt for a more robust solution like filing cabinets or shelving.
WHAT IS MY BUDGET?
Ah the elephant in the room, none of us particularly like speaking about budgetary limitations but here we are. Shelving solutions obviously cost money, both in terms of investment and upkeep, so be sure to consider both to ensure that your chosen solution is not only affordable, but also practical.
In many instances your storage needs will call for you to ignore your budget to get the exact solution you need. But when your budget is a concern, consider more affordable options like shelving and Linbins.
DO MY STORED ITEMS NEED ADDITIONAL PROTECTION?
This is an often-overlooked consideration, and it is an important one, because there are many types of products or materials that need a little extra protection in storage, whether it be from static, damp, dust or any other of the host of hazards commonly found in industrial or commercial settings.
Packaging used for additional protection comes in many forms depending on what it needs to protect against, including bubble wrap, pallet wrap, packaging and masking tape, and much more. It might be a good idea for you to consult with your storage solution supplier to ensure you get the right packaging for your needs.
CONTACT ECONORACK FOR DETAILS
If you would like to know more about sourcing the ideal storage solution for your needs, be sure to visit the Econorack website today.