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Part 1: Building a Framework for Inventory Control
Part 2: Proper Shelving Options Important to Solve Storage Issues
Part 3: Bulk Storage Racks Ideal for Long and Large Parts
Part 4: Product Focus: Inventory Management
By Frank Murphy
April 2013 -
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For storerooms with long, or larger and lighter-weight parts, managers should consider using bulk storage racks that are 24 inches deep, 96 inches wide and 72 inches high. These racks are available in several lengths, depths and heights not greater than 72 inches high. They can handle parts — including air filters, flexible ductwork, longer air or hydraulic cylinders, midsize gearboxes, conveyor belts, speed reducers, gear motors, and motors — that are too large, too bulky, or too heavy for smaller shelving.
Supervisors can place cross beams just above floor level so parts are stored off of the floor. Or they can store pallets on the floor under racks to support heavier parts.
Pallet racks used for inventory management usually are found in warehouses. They store the larger, heavier parts, such as motors, gearboxes, pumps, motor-gearbox/pump combinations, machine parts, and large components or machine assemblies. Supervisors should ensure the heaviest items remain on the floor and be careful not to exercise storage beams.
Racks generally are 24-48 inches deep, have beam lengths of 6-12 feet, heights of up to 20 feet, and beam-pair loads with decks capable of holding several tons. Taller racks provide excellent use of vertical space and increase part-storage density.
Storerooms can use any combination of these fixtures to effectively and efficiently store MRO parts. A well-organized storeroom provides the department the support it needs to keep HVAC, lighting, plumbing and electrical systems in the best possible operating condition. Using these products, parts are available to technicians, who can locate them quickly and make repairs more efficiently. Supervisors can reorder needed parts in a timely manner, and the department can deliver cost savings for the organization's bottom line.
Frank Murphy, CPMM is founder and president of Inventory Management Services Inc., in Greenville, S.C.