ABCO Systems Partners With Vidir Solutions

ABCO Systems Partners With Vidir Solutions

It’s official! ABCO Systems is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Vidir Solutions to bring their storage solutions to our customers! This partnership combines Vidir Solutions’ world-class storage solutions, which can optimize your storage footprint significantly, with ABCO Systems’ unparalleled customer service and proven engineering and implementation capabilities, and we can’t wait to take our customers’ warehouses to the next level! For a storage solution that will guarantee great quality and safety, while increasing your overall productivity and storage footprint  – give us a call today and see why the best trust Vidir Solutions and ABCO Systems!

More about Vidir Solutions: One of the most trusted storage solutions companies in the world, Vidir Solutions provides industrial and specialty carousels to many Fortune 500 companies in over 30 different countries worldwide! Vidir manufactures merchandising carousels and display fixtures that store and dispense rolled products, such as carpeting and sheet vinyl, as well as other non-rolled products such as tires, clothing, industrial parts and more. Visit the flooring department of your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Menards store and the various carpet and vinyl you’ll see on display are stored on a Vidir Carousel. Learn more about the exciting array of product offerings here.  

More about ABCO Systems: As your material handling system partner, we are committed to bettering your business. We provide a wide range of solutions from e-commerce to full-fledged automated warehouse design and implementation.

To learn more about ABCO Systems and Vidir Solutions contact us at 201-429-0580 or [email protected]. We look forward to helping you maximize your space and improve your business practices with the material handling solutions that work the best for you.

Protect Your Racking

Protect Your Racking

Safety is critical to the continuing function of your daily operations. Accidents can happen anywhere to anyone – a trainee, a worker who takes a wrong turn, or even an experienced operator having an off-day. Efforts to protect your racking systems not only helps to reduce damaged merchandise but it also helps ensure the safety of your valued employees.

Forklift accidents can result in pallet rack damage, costly repairs, downtime, damaged inventory, and injury to workers. Rack protection is essential to maintaining your inventory and key assets because they keep the structure safe at various impact points.

No matter the size of your storage facility, pallet rack protection will increase your productivity and eliminate damages due to narrow aisle for trucks, lifts, and individuals encountering sensitive rack uprights. These factors are important particularly when you consider the damage a forklift can cause.  ABCO provides the most suitable protector or guard for your pallet rack to ensure safety and no damages.

ABCO welcomes the opportunity to visit you and assess any at-risk products. There are several ways to protect your racking. The rack aisle protector, rack post protectors, wire mesh rack guards, and floor angle guide.  These all offer protection to the most vulnerable parts of your warehouse and business. They can be formatted into the size and shape to fit your protection needs. ABCO helps to protect your inventory, investment, and your valued employees.

Contact us here for all of your rack protection needs.

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Pallet Racking: It’s Not Just A Commodity

Pallet Racking: It’s Not Just A Commodity

It’s not just a product, it’s a service.  It’s not just a commodity.

Certainly, if you are simply buying some uprights and beams, maybe even a few wire decks, then maybe racking is just a commodity.

However, in today’s world of expensive real estate, air tight leases and even more expensive labor, warehouse tenants are most times requiring so much more than just buying some materials.  

The correctly optimized warehouse, over the lifespan of a lease, can save significant money both in real estate and labor.  

But there is so much more to it than that.  There is an incredible amount that goes into even the simplest pallet racking system.  What might appear to be easy actually requires a lot of detail.  

The existing floor, sprinkler system and even the amount of ingress doors the building has can affect what type of racking you can have, how tall it can be, and how you can install it.  The proper column sizing, aisle spacing and footplates can also have a great effect on your racking system.  The weight of your product, how flammable it is, and even how you package it, can severely limit your options.  

The permit process, in and of itself, is a beast all to its own.  It can take up to two weeks (or sometimes significantly longer) to gather all of the necessary information for the permit package.  It is required that we submit a PE signed letter validating that your sprinkler system can adequately protect your product based on its commodity class and how it is stored.  Or worse yet, it is very possible that your sprinkler system might even need to be upgraded in some older buildings.  We also need a PE signed set of plans that show the racking, the egress/emergency lighting layout, and the racking calculations showing that the rack can support the weight of the product being stored.  

For all of these reasons, and many more besides, it is important that you do not see pallet racking as not just a commodity.  If you have a deadline to hit, or you need to optimize your space, or if you need to keep your overall costs down by most effectively utilizing your space, finding the right partner to deal with is integral to a successful long-term operation.  

If you don’t already ready have a relationship with a racking company, start looking for one now.  Even if you are not planning on any kind of work for years.  If you think that you might need it in the future, developing the relationship now will save time and money later.

Then, once you know you are going to move or make any alterations, start engaging your racking company early in the process.  If you pick the right one, they will actually assist in your search for a new building.  The right racking company can help evaluate the building, desired layout, the sprinkler system, the electrical requirements and much more.  And the right company will do all of this simply because they want to earn your racking business.  

The individual pallet rack pieces themselves might be a commodity.  But the value of the service that goes into it, most definitely is not.  At the end of the day, the amount of money you will save by working with the right company, and creating the right solution for you, will be all the peace of mind that you need to perform at your best.  

Choose ABCO Systems as your racking partner and we will do our best to help you design your space to its fullest potential.  Our design and engineering team are ready to help optimize and layout your building with not only your business needs, but with safety and efficiency in mind as well.

Give ABCO a call at (201) 507-0999 or send us an email for more information.

How to Install Pallet Racking Yourself

How to Install Pallet Racking Yourself

Used Pallet Racks

Knowing how to install pallet racking can help you determine whether it is worthwhile to do it yourself or to hire out the installation.  When you are putting together your warehouse design, being able to install your own equipment and infrastructure supplies means being able to control your bottom line. That’s why it is important to understand the labor costs and timelines for items like pallet rack installation.

Individual Instructions on How to Install Pallet Racking

The first thing to understand is that every manufacturer has slightly different instructions for how the pallet racks should come together. That means that you will need to refer to the individual instructions for your pallet racking to see how the pieces should fit. This also helps you to better determine whether or not your installation is going according to plan. Once you have understood the individual instructions that will let you put together the structures in your plan, it’s important to move on to the step they all have in common: concrete anchoring.

Anchoring Your New Racks to Concrete

Make sure that you are going into this process with a floor plan, first and foremost. From there:

  1. Consider whether you should use strike anchors or wedge anchors. Consult the specifications for your particular ABCO Systems model for recommendations.
  2. Using the holes in the bottom of the racking as a template, carefully drill the holes for your anchors.
  3. Clear the holes of all debris with a shop vac or air hose.
  4. Place the washes and thread the nuts for each anchor.
  5. Place each anchor in the hole, through the legs of your pallet racks.
  6. Hammer the anchors into each hole and tighten all nuts with a torque wrench until they attain the correct tightness.

That is how to install pallet racking. From there, it’s just a matter of putting together your rack according to the manufacturer’s directions.