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Material Handling Engineering and System Design- Industrial Shelving Systems

Shelving systems are commonly a storage method associated with order picking systems attributed to containing the lower velocity SKUs that do not justify taking up space in the higher throughput carton flow rack storage system.  With a wide variety of industrial shelving available, all designed for the storage of non-palletized loads, the key to successfully designing a proper shelving storage system is the planning process.

One of the first steps in a shelving system design is to review the results of a slotting analysis.   The slotting analysis takes into consideration all SKU physical dimensions and sales velocities to determine the proper storage medium for each item.  It will dictate such requirements as the number of shelves, shelf spacing needed and give some indications of the weight capacities for the shelving units.  

Although you may have the basis for a system design, TriFactor’s experienced engineers consider other aspects, such as: How do orders get picked from the shelving units?  Do order pickers place product from the shelves onto a conveyor or are they picking product and placing it in a mobile cart?  Does the area available for the shelving system require the use of all the cubic space available?  Is the best solution high bay shelving used in conjunction with a lift truck or do you prefer a multi-level shelving system?

Once the number and configuration of the shelving units has been determined, you have to decide on the type of shelving best suited for the application and determine if it is cost justifiable.   For example, do you need to use cabinets because a product needs to be secured due to its high value or federal regulations?  Does the physical size of some of the product stored dictate using wide span shelving or rack that has a deck?   Will the products stored change frequently due to seasonality and require shelves that are easily adjustable?

Needless to say, thought and planning goes into designing an efficient systems storage solution.  Over the past 25 years, TriFactor has selected to innovate rather than replicate traditional material handling system delivery methods and services.  Our unique solution process is called the TriFactor Edge.  If you’re looking for an Edge on your competition, discover how TriFactor can make a difference with your industrial shelving systems design, call today at 1-800-507-4209. 

For additional information on Product Slotting, Distribution Center Planning, Choosing a Conveyor System and related material handling issues visit the Material Handling White Paper section of TriFactor Learning Center.

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Client Partner Comment


“I am proud to say that TriFactor’s solution granted us the competitive edge we were looking for in our industry.  I look forward to partnering with TriFactor again in the future and would recommend them to any company looking to be involved in a one of a kind process for implementing a new distribution center from cradle to grave.”


Ed Barbour
Corporate Project Manager
PepsiCo Beverages and Foods

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