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The Design Process
Companies provide details of their parameters and requirements such as aisle width, the type of Material Handling Equipment that will be used, the number of people accessing the floor and the size of the facility. WSL designers provide several optimum solutions as AutoCAD drawings for the clients to examine and select from. WSL understand the building regulations, fire regulations and other restrictions specific to the food and drink industry, so all of these things will be incorporated into the design, with fire escapes, appropriate levels of access and other safety features planned into the design.
Maximising Product Storage
On occasion, storage facilities take receipt of massive amounts of consumables that are all due to be used on the same day. On this occasion a FIFO option is not necessary. Rather, the priority is in maximising the amount of product that can be fitted into the available space. High density, quickly loaded storage systems such as drive-in racking are ideal when simple product stacking at ground level is not enough.
Best Before Date Rotation
A First In, First Out (FIFO) storage solution is often the most appropriate type of storage for products that will expire as it enforces stock rotation. There are a number of different FIFO options; from pallet live to shuttle racking. In most cases stock is deposited in one end of the storage area and retrieved at the other. WSL experts can advise on the best FIFO system for each client’s requirements.
Keeping Food At Different Temperatures
WSL is able to supply and install storage within cold store environments for clients. These racks need to be designed to get the most storage in the smallest footprint possible to reduce the area that needs to be chilled – helping to greatly reduce ongoing operational costs. Mobile racking is a popular choice as only one aisle space is required, with racks moving forwards and backwards to allow access to the required space. Most WSL pallet racks are safe down to temperatures as low as -25oc.
An Office Space
Where an office space is required, this can also be incorporated into the design. WSL specialise in Office Mezzanines – mezzanine floors that can be built above new or existing racking or shelving, to provide an area that is separate to the main storage floor, while still being accessible. Mezzanines are not only useful areas for an on-site office space. It can also be the ideal provision for additional storage, a staff room, packing area, kitchen or other facilities. As WSL manufacture mezzanine floor in-house; they are able to easily accommodate food safety and hygiene features (such as providing floor support for hygiene stations and planning the route for the required plumbing services) without having to waste time waiting for answers from a supplier.
Allergens and hygiene regulations
WSL teams have practice constructing for clients who work with food materials, so you can be confident that all site-specific rules will be complied with during the pallet racking installation process. The experienced project manager assigned to your project will work with you to provide specialist solutions such as creation of sealing walls (cordoning off the site during floor drilling) and increased dust extraction in order to reduce the pressure on your operation when it comes to cleaning down and using your new storage facilities.
WSL works to all clients Health and Safety regulations regarding food storage, as well as usual construction and installation related H&S regulations. Read how we worked to ensure critical allergy requirements were met for one client here
WSL are able to provide pallet rack labelling, that can be linked to a Warehouse Management System in order to assist with the tracking of products. This registers where each product is and how long it has been stored. Products are logged in and out, with nothing going under the radar. This is not only helpful for locating items, but also for evidencing food storage regulations, such as how long produce has been stored and which area of the warehouse allergens have been in.
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