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Dynamic Warehouse Storage Solutions Explained

Feb 25, 2022 | Pallet Racking, Uncategorized

All types of warehouse storage solutions offer structured and organised inventory management, however if your looking for something a little more energetic and lively, a solution with a range of offerings including speed, automation, maximum storage capacity and systemisation, then a dynamic solution merits consideration.

In the form of pallet racking or shelving, a dynamic storage solution handles and stores inventory with enthusiasm, improving overall efficiency in the warehouse as well as staff productivity.

So what are the functional principles of a dynamic warehouse storage solution?

Dynamic is Systemisation

A pallet or item placed on a static system remains in that exact location until selectively picked, whereas a dynamic solution facilitates inventory management through motion. This synchronised movement of inventory allows its vital characteristics to be supported and prioritised almost effortlessly. This can be seen with perishable inventory for example, where the adopted mode of operation within the dynamic system is the First-in First-out (FIFO) method. This ensures that the pallets or goods leave the structure in accordance to their entry order, reducing the need for manual rotation, minimising waste and saving money.

Diagram First in first out

Dynamic is Efficiency

The warehouse which operates at maximum efficiency is the warehouse meeting its customer expectations through accurate, timely order shipments. Dynamic storage solutions can play a vital role here, because they take the reins of movement and organisation,reducing labour intensity, slashing costs, saving time and enhancing prosperity. Evidence of this can be seen in the picking process which becomes fully optimised with fast retrieval without the need to physically search for them.

Dynamic is Space Optimisation

Making the very best use of space is a priority for any warehouse, and the good news is that by adopting a dynamic storage solution, the compact configuration they incorporate won’t disappoint. Dynamic systems do not allow for wasted space which is why they abandon the typical aisle between two row’s configurations and instead they consist of lengthy lanes, row after row with no sign of an aisle between each one. Although each dynamic system has its own characteristics, space utilisation is one thing all have in common.

Diagram Comparison - Compact Vs Standard

Types of Dynamic Storage Solutions

Dynamic storage solutions are a smart, simple and strategic ways to manage both hand-loaded and palletised inventory whilst ensuring optimal use of space and streamlining your processes at the same time. Whatever your inventory needs there is a dynamic system type which can be uniquely designed to meet all of your needs:

Dynamic Pallet Racking Systems

Pallet Live Racking

  • Power Source–Gravity flow
  • Movement Control – Rollers running the length of the tilted lanes with brake and speed controllers on which individual pallets travel
  • Inventory Type– Goods with limited shelf-life and high volumes of the same SKUs.
  • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
  • Management Formula – First-in First-out (FIFO)
  • Space Utilisation – Increase storage capacity by more than 60%
  • Selectivity – Less than 50%
  • Speed -Fast

 

Shuttle Racking

    • Power Source – Electronic radio control
    • Movement Control – Shuttle pallet transportation
    • Inventory Type –Either perishable or non-perishable and low SKU count
    • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
    • Management Formula – First-in First-out (FIFO)/First-in Last-out (FILO)
    • Space Utilisation–Increase storage capacity by more than 60%
    • Selectivity – Less than 30%
    • Speed–Slow to medium, depending in shuttle quantity

Push back Racking

  • Power Source – Gravity flow
  • Movement Control – Rollers running the length of the tilted lanes with brake and speed controllers on which individual pallets travel
  • Inventory Type –Non-perishable goods and low SKU counts
  • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
  • Management Formula -First-in last-out (FILO)
  • Space Utilisation – Increase storage capacity by more than 70%
  • Selectivity –Less than 50%
  • Speed – Medium

Push back Pallet Racking System

Mobile Racking

  • Power Source– Either a manually or electronically
  • Movement Control–Pallets remain static whilst the racks in which they are stored are mobile
  • Inventory Type– Low turnover, high value, sensitive products
  • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
  • Management Formula –n/a
  • Space Utilisation–Up to 90% of floor space
  • Selectivity – 100%
  • Speed –Very slow

 

Dynamic Shelving Systems

Carton Live Shelving

  • Power Source– Gravity flow
  • Movement Control – Rollers running the length of the tilted shelves allow individual items or boxes to travel from the loading side to the picking side
  • Inventory Type – High SKU counts with limited shelf-life
  • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
  • Management Formula – First-in First-out (FIFO)
  • Space Utilisation – Increase storage capacity by more than 60%
  • Selectivity – Less than 50%
  • Speed – Fast

Mobile shelving

  • Power Source – Either a manually or electronically
  • Movement Control – Items remain static whilst the racks in which they are stored are mobile
  • Inventory Type– Low turnover, high value, sensitive products
  • Suitable for cold/chilled areas – Yes
  • Management Formula – n/a
  • Space Utilisation – Up to 90% of floor space
  • Selectivity – 100%
  • Speed – Very slow

Six good reasons to seriously consider a dynamic racking or shelving solution

  1. Capital investment is a more sustainable investment – Of course a static system is the less costly option initially, however a dynamic system will see your return much faster, and then some, making it the more sustainable investment.
  2.  Maximises the full cubic area – Dynamic systems don’t optimise space in multiple different sections within the warehouse, instead they make use of all available space by utilising the full cubic area.
  3. Standard fork lift truck (FLT) types are compatible – If you are currently using a standard (FLT), this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to invest in a new FLT if you adopt a dynamic pallet racking solution.
  4. Inventory has more security – Because of its compact nature,Inventory stored within a dynamic system has less exposure, is less visible with limited access to every item, which increases the security of the items.
  5. Reduced risk of damage – The absence of aisles eliminates the risk of collision to most of the overall structure, saving on costly repairs and maintenance and enhancing warehouse safety.
  6. Time and cost effective – Using a dynamic system takes away the need for as much labour in terms of searching for inventory or stock rotation for example. Your dynamic system will take care of this side of things so they don’t have to, allowing better utilisation of their time.

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Is the dynamic warehouse storage solution the right type for your operation? Perhaps it is, or maybe there’s an even more suitable storage type for your needs. Either way WSL can help you find out! Contact our professional team today on 0113 2045350 or email sales@wslmail.co.uk to arrange a free site survey carried out to help you discover your perfect warehouse storage solution.

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