Industrial shelving and racks are essential for warehouse operations and storage facilities. The right shelving system helps reduce costs by lessening operational overheads in warehousing, organizing inventory, and eliminating unnecessary trips to search for items. Industrial shelves overlooked for maintenance are unsafe for warehouse workers and cause customer dissatisfaction, damage to products, and a loss of business opportunities.
Ensure your industrial shelving and racking remain in optimal working conditions for as long as possible by following these maintenance guidelines to keep inventory safe and provide easy access to shelved products:
Conduct Regular Inspection
Regular inspection allows you to look for signs of wear and tear, damage, and other issues and timely address them before they become serious. Regularly update your inventory records and keep track of existing equipment.
You can conduct a regular inspection by using the following guidelines:
– Inspect the material quality of the shelving system
– Inspect all components of the system, such as brackets, racks, and supports, to ensure they are in good working order
– Inspect the condition of the seals to ensure they are still intact and are not damaged
– inspect for any signs of bending or rusting
Dust them Regularly
Industrial shelves and racks can accumulate dust, dirt, and grime. This buildup can impair their function and the general health of the products stored and the general racking storage. Dust can also collect on parts of your equipment and affect their performance, affecting customer satisfaction.
You can reduce dust buildup by regularly cleaning your shelves and racks with an appropriate cleaner, such as a machine-washable shelf cleaner or a soft scrubbing sponge.
Sanitize the Racks Often
Just as shelves and racks need regular cleaning, sanitizing them is also important. Sanitization removes harmful bacteria and other microorganisms accumulating in the racks and causing health risks. For employees’ health, sanitizing the rack ensures that infections are suppressed.
You can sanitize your racks using an appropriate sanitizer or cleaning with a solution of disinfectant and water. Using a spray bottle, you can spray a diluted disinfectant solution onto the racks. However, when using a disinfectant, ensure you do due research to get one that does not compromise the quality of the shelves.
Maintain an Organized Display
Organized racking storage increases the space of your warehouse. It also helps maintain a proper display of inventory, which is important for easy access and proper inventory retrieval, remembering the good rating from customers. Organizing includes removing damaged and expired goods from the shelves, arranging them properly, and cleaning them regularly.
Ensure Proper Weight Limit
Industrial shelving and racks should support the weight of the items stored on them. An overloaded system can collapse and cause injury to your employees. You can weigh your shelves to see if they have an overload condition. It is important to note that the shelves should not weigh more than your manufacturer’s recommendation.
If they are overloaded, you can adjust them by removing some of the items from them until they are no longer overloaded. You can also use a beam balance to check if your shelving system has an overload condition.
It is worth noting that well-maintained shelves and racks are essential components of warehouse operations and storage facilities. These systems allow businesses to store products and materials efficiently and effectively, reducing costs, pollution, and wear.