A Guide to Must-Have Warehouse Equipment

A Guide to Must-Have Warehouse Equipment
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    There is a bevy of warehouses across the United States, all of which come with their own set of unique requirements regarding equipment use.

    Despite the ways in which each warehouse differs, there are common classes of equipment that most, if not all, warehouses need.

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To help you learn how to choose the right gear for your company’s needs, we’ve put together a guide to must-have warehouse equipment

Docking Area Equipment

The warehouse docking area is where you receive or send out products. To do this safely and efficiently, there are some common types of equipment you’ll need.

These include dock boards and plates, which are platforms that allow you to load or unload materials. If you’re dealing with a lightweight load, a dock plate should do the trick. For heavier loads, you’re better off using a dock board.

Additionally, you will need yard ramps on the dock to allow lifting equipment such as forklifts to safely board the loading docks.

Levelers are also a necessity to help you keep products at a stable level when transporting them to and from the dock. 

Lifting Equipment

Lifting equipment allows you to unload and transport products throughout the warehouse. When transporting pallets at low levels, a simple pallet jack can get the job done.

However, if you’re just moving a few boxes at a time, your best option is a hand truck. If you need to move heavier loads at an efficient rate, your facility will probably benefit more from forklifts.

There is a wide range of forklifts out there, some of which are better at moving through narrow corridors and others that are better at reaching higher distances.

If you use forklifts in your warehouse, employees that work behind the wheel will have to complete an OSHA-approved training course.

Forklift operators need to know the essential safety guidelines for operating this machinery. This includes carrying out daily inspections, abiding by floor markings, and wearing the proper clothing.

Storage Units

All warehouses need an area where they can store products in an organized, efficient manner. Ultimately, when choosing a storage unit, you must make sure it’s compatible with your products and your workflow. Organization and efficiency are the two most important aspects to consider when putting together a functional storage area.

If your warehouse transports pallets of products, you’ll need to store them on pallet racks. Warehouses that store individual items by hand are better off using industrial shelving units to keep everything in order.

other valuable tips:

In the event your warehouse stores much larger or wider products such as lumber or pipes, you’ll need a specialized storage unit such as a cantilever rack. Whatever your storage needs are, there’s a shelving unit or rack that can help you out.

Now that you have a guide to must-have warehouse equipment, you can avoid making common mistakes, such as buying a pallet jack instead of a specialized forklift. Knowing the different subsections of warehouse equipment will ensure you get what you need to maintain a safe and efficient workflow.

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