What is a multi-tier racking system?
Believe it or not, a multi-tier racking structure can actually be a cost-effective solution. That huge steel structure may look costly, but when you offset this against warehouse expansion or even the cost of taking on a new facility, that cost actually starts to look much more reasonable.
First of all, a multi-tier system is engineered to maximise picking operations and is best suited to businesses with a high number of SKUs (stock keeping units). The system creates a highly dense storage capacity within a limited footprint and is a highly efficient, and cost-effective way of utilising the cube (warehouse area).
When you can't go out, go up! Multi-tiers are a great solution for maximising the cube in limited areas
Multi-tier structures by nature are also highly flexible in terms of the number of levels, accessories and options you can incorporate. They can also vastly improve the picking efficiency of your warehouse operation, essentially making all products accessible for instantaneous picking. But what kind of products can a multi-tier hold?
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What kind of products are suitable for storage on a multi-tier?
Multi-tiers are most effective for online retailers and e-commerce operations where picking and packing operations are combined with a high turnover. The floors can, of course, be designed to allow trolleys and pallet trucks throughout the areas, essentially opening up the possibility for the storage of larger product types.
In most scenarios, multi-tiers can be adapted to accommodate a large variety of product sizes, but think of it this way though: if your personnel are having to ascend through multiple floor levels, the physical weight in which they can carry will be their primary limitation, especially without the help of transportation assistance. In this scenario, the structures will be best suited to small parts picking.
An example of small parts product stored on a multi-tier floor ~ SEC Storage - Essentra PLC
So what can't you store on a multi-tier then? The answer is quite simple and relates directly to strict building and safety regulations (something we'll cover in more detail later), but it's basically any products that are flammable i.e. aerosols, fireworks, explosive materials etc. Nice and simple!
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Bonus: Examples of multi-tier racking systems we have installed:
The multi-tiers we've installed for our clients were built for (but are not limited) to the storage and picking of car parts, greetings cards, plastic components, clothing and more. You can get a better understanding of the projects and the companies we installed them for via our case study selections below:
- Lonza Biologics PLC (Lonza Group) - Installation of a rack supported, multi-tier storage structure at Lonza Biologics PLC (Lonza Group) in Slough...
- Essentra PLC - A pallet racking installation with a three-tier picking tower and multi-floor mezzanine structure with lift access at Essentra PLC in Oxfordshire...
- Kuehne + Nagel - A bespoke warehouse configuration & storage system that optimised storage space and pick efficiency for Kuehne + Nagel Ltd / Ben Sherman in Milton Keynes...
Take a look at our project case studies featured above and below, and when you're finished with this section scroll down the page to find our list of multi-tier pros and cons that will no doubt help you to make up your mind about the system.
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