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Steel Shelving Makes Organization Quick And Easy

By Andrea Davidson

The organization that you have been looking for, in your plant, is made easier when you have a shelving system that works the way it should. The racking systems that have been in your plant may be old and worn out. They may have been there for a while and stained or dirty. All of this can be all but eliminated when you look into a steel shelving system.

Wood shelves are not the best in food processing plants as they can not be cleaned the right way. The stains or leaks from containers will simply set there contaminating the entire area. They can be painted, however, a true stain will bleed through after a fairly short amount of time and you are back to that mess. Metal of this type is very cleanable.

The durability of steel for this type of storage has to be looked into. There are any number of configurations that are designed into these units. There are many different surfaces and looks and the colors can be anything that fits into the area. They can be as colorful or as muted as they need to be.

As far as organization is concerned, there are two basic types of shelving available. The open and the closed system, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The open one will allow the removal or placement of material through the back or front of the space. Three way movement can be accessed if the space is on the aisle with room for the fork lift or pallet jack.

The closed racking system will not allow as free of movements as the open. The back of the spaces have cross braces or bars preventing this movement. This might be best for heavier than normal pallets or dangerous storage. It does make for a stronger more stable unit, however, when it is not necessary, it simply creates problems for most material handling personnel.

Steel does come in many different gauges and the selection of the correct one will be important. This is especially important if you have a lot of very heavy materials needing to be moved on and off these racks. A company who specializes in these racking units will be in the best position to recommend the appropriate thickness and quality of steel to be used.

Most heavy duty shelving, made from steel, use the 18 to 20 gauge material. This has been identified as being the easiest to work with and will withstand the abuse these units sometimes get. The placement of these shelves, as self standing units, will also fare well when moved to obtain the best work flow during that next reorganization.

The best steel shelving are those that do the job you need done. The designing and installation should be done through the offices of a company who has been doing this for a long time. The suggestions they make about placement, material and whether open or closed will be invaluable during that planning stage.

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Davidson, Andrea "Steel Shelving Makes Organization Quick And Easy." Steel Shelving Makes Organization Quick And Easy. 25 Apr. 2014. 1 Aug 2014 <>.

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