ABCO Systems realizes the increasing pressure our customers are facing in an effort to maximize efficiency, reduce costs and streamline processes. Our goal is to provide services, products, and solutions to help your business thrive and meet your customer’s needs. With the rise in e-commerce, increasing costs, and the need to be competitive with high service expectations, ABCO Systems has partnered with Storeganizer for a solution to optimize space and decrease costs of operations within your warehouse, and increase picking efficiencies.
Optimizing the cost per square foot and organizing order picking as efficiently as possible are ongoing challenges in warehouse management. Pallet racking works well for high-volume, fast-moving items, but may lead to a big waste of space when it comes to smaller, slower moving inventory items. This is where Storeganizer comes in. This innovative, high-density storage system provides a slim fit storage solution that is ideal for small, slow moving items.
Based on a concept of vertically stacked, multi-row high quality pockets, Storeganizer limits the costs per square foot. Storeganizer is a solution designed to fit your inventory and workflow. With a wide range of sizes and options, items can be stored in various pocket dimensions. Pockets are barcoded and/or colored to minimize picking errors. Although lightweight themselves, these columns can support up to 250 pounds as standard, with a 10-year warranty.
Populating one bay in a rack, a Storeganizer is designed to accommodate small items in columns of suspended, easy-to-access vertical pockets. Storeganizer helps to optimize space; requires minimal investment as it uses existing racking; and enables quicker picking with less bending or lifting. The use of Storeganizer will not just improve the use of storage space; it will also optimize the order picking process. By streamlining this time-consuming and labor-intensive process you will earn back your modest investment in no time.
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.
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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.
Reactive Maintenance focuses on fixing equipment and bringing it back to its operating condition after it’s already broken. Emergency repairs such as this, cost 3-9 times more than planned repairs. This kind of approach is significantly more expensive because of unexpected shutdowns during production instead of pre-planned maintenance shut downs. Rush shipping for emergency parts cost much more than regular shipping and staff is often forced to work overtime to repair machinery.
Planned maintenance reduces stoppage and the additional costs of emergency repairs. A scheduled plan gives you the opportunity to improve your operations and continue to operate at full speed.
Some Disadvantages of Reactive Maintenance
Shorter life expectancy of equipment – Reactive maintenance does not keep your equipment running in optimal condition. Over time, systems that have not been properly maintained wear and break faster and don’t maximize their initial investment.
Safety issues – When work is scheduled, technicians have time to review the procedures and safety requirements to complete the job correctly. Technicians tend to take more risks when maintenance work is reactive because they are under pressure to get equipment running without further time delays.
Time-consuming – Reactive repairs tend to take longer. Factors like time to diagnose, travel time, time to pull parts from stores or emergency order, and time to pull correct manuals and schematics, all impact how long it takes you to get back up and running.
Sporadic equipment downtime – Planned maintenance can be scheduled while unplanned repairs can happen anytime.
Interferes with planned work – Emergency repairs are usually prioritized at the expense of day to day work. Planned work may have to be delayed or cancelled entirely.
Collateral damage – A minor issue could quickly turn into a major repair without proper maintenance.
Indirect costs – Unplanned downtime can lead to schedule problems if equipment cannot be returned to production in time. This can damage your reputation with clients and cause revenue issues.
Repeat issues – Emergency repairs do the bare minimum to get the equipment up and running. This can lead to future issues and eventually cause more downtime.
Higher energy costs – When equipment is not properly maintained, it uses more energy. Doing simple things like greasing moving parts or changing filters can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
At ABCO Systems, we offer our clients a full maintenance plan that is designed to address any potential problems that could pop up at any time. When you sign up for this plan, you can expect the following:
On-site visits to inspect machinery
Real, low-cost resolutions for discovered issues in the system
Our qualified inspectors and technicians make it their responsibility to find failure points that could lead to future problems. A maintenance plan with our company is one of the best preventative steps that you can take.
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If you’re ready to commit to keeping your systems up to par, contact ABCO Systems for the next step. We can be reached at 201-507-0999, or you can also fill out our online contact form.
Being that we are a construction company, we have always been serious about safety. It has always been our first priority for a plethora of different reasons.
However, it was not until about 5 years ago that we learned how much we did not know. ABCO started to work with our insurance company to create standards for our staff and plans in case of emergency. We are still evolving and we are still learning more every day.
Further to that, because we work with local code officials in townships all across the country, we have learned a lot of what they have to teach us. For them, it comes down to the simple fact that life safety is their only priority.
It is because of this that we are beginning to place even more of focus on helping our customers create safer environments for their teams. There are some seemingly basic life safety requirements that are often times overlooked and we are dedicated to increasing our own knowledge to ensure that we continue to provide more and more value to our customers.
Is your ﬁre protection system up to date? Do you have enough water ﬂow in your building to support your commodity and how it is stored in your Pallet Rack or your Garment on Hanger (GOH).
Are your Egress Lights active and working? Do you have a clear Egress path?
Do you have the necessary safety barriers between lift equipment and walking staff members?
We can help you identify and rectify all of these potential hazards. Not only will it help increase employee moral by showing you care about employee safety, but it will also increase productivity by having standard operating procedures. On top of all that, a clearly documented safety protocol can also reduce your liability, and therefore your costs, with your insurance company.
ABCO Systems has developed a safety/maintenance program that can help with all of your needs.