The main storage solution or device of any filming company is a pallet rack. A pallet rack is a heavy-duty industrial solution. The standard, and most common, versions of these solutions hold up to 2500 lbs per level. Moreover, if you need more storage capacity then pallet racks can hold more weight but tend to be custom made items. However, that does not take away from the fact that if you have a lot of equipment then you need a pallet rack in your business. If you are still using analog film types to record your features or products then a pallet rack should be the first thing you should get.
The next question to ask is which type of pallet rack you should get for your business. The most common type of pallet rack is a selective rack. Most companies opt for this type because it is easy to understand and, honestly, what they had pictured in their mind when thinking about a storage solution. A selective rack is like any shelf you have in your home. You choose how to organize the shelf. You, also, have to “face” the shelf after you remove the product. There are other pallet rack choices that “face” the rack for you by using gravity and specialized rollers. “Facing” means that any picked product is replaced by the product behind it. The benefit of a selective rack is the selectivity it gives a business. Many of the other types of pallet rack follow certain methods of inventory including FIFO or LIFO methods.
If your company is big enough and has a lot of storage needs then a pushback rack system may be a good fit. A pushback rack system follows LIFO or last in-first out methods of storage. It is a system that also “faces” your product or film once it is removed. Pushback rack does this through the previously mentioned rollers and gravity. It does not take electricity to accomplish these tasks. A pushback rack works well when the timing is not an issue for your product. If you do not have expiration dates on your product then this is a good rack system to use. The system receives the product through the front of the system. The product is also removed from the front of the system. As a result, the newest product leaves the rack first. As you can see, the system does not allow you the same selectivity as a selective rack. What the system does well is high-density storage. The system is very good at holding a very large volume of product in a defined space. It could be the right racking system for you depending on your situation.
A media company needs mobile storage. What if you could take these industrial storage solutions and make them mobile? The good news is that you can do just that with these racks. The mobile rack wheels we carry make a pallet rack movable. Keep in mind that this limits how high your pallet rack can go. However, if you need the storage solution to move with your employees then this is an excellent solution for your business.
You need to decide what decking option you will use after considering which pallet rack type to get for your film company. Many companies opt for wood support bars but that is usually not a great idea. The reason why is that wood bars are flammable. There are a lot of rules pertaining to what amounts to fire suppression. It is an issue for high piled storage and storage in general. Wood support bars find popularity because they are cheap and easy to find. It does not mean that they are the best choice for your business, however. Another factor playing a part is the fact that most businesses push their wood bars together. The reason why this is a problem is the fact that sprinklers have a hard time reaching the bottom-most layers of a pallet rack. The water has a hard time passing through decking that is pushed closely together. As a result, you will not be allowed to stack as high as if there were spaces for the water to pass through unimpeded.
Wire mesh decking solves many of these problems. The mesh decks have gaps in their design which allow water to pass through to the lower levels of a pallet rack. They are also made of metal. They are far less flammable than wood support bars. The standard versions of these items hold up to 2500 lbs. A custom version of these decks may also hold more weight. The only downside of these wire mesh decks is that smaller objects may fall through the gaps. However, the use of plastic storage bins solves that issue quickly. They are the most popular type of decking because they are the most versatile. They are, probably, the best selection for a business of your type.
Protect your valuable products or film by making use of safety equipment. The equipment we are talking about is safety clips, safety pins, column guards, RAMguards, and other similarly purposed products. The first of all these products are safety clips. Safety clips find themselves included with most pallet racks. However, there are issues to deal with if you have safety clips. The truth is that you must check on these clips in order to make sure that they are functioning properly. Safety clips have a habit of becoming dislodged when products are placed or picked. Therefore, checking them often is a great idea.
You can easily increase your safety by making use of safety pins with your safety clips. Safety pins are far more durable. The pins have less of a tendency to dislodge over time when items are moved on and off the rack levels. Therefore, they are an excellent addition or replacement for safety clips. Of course, it does not mean that you should stop checking your rack levels for safety. It just means that you might not find them in unsafe conditions as often.
Protecting your rack from accidental collisions with pallet jacks or forklifts is also a very good idea as well. Column guards and RAMguards products do this for you. The products take impacts from forklifts and pallet jacks. They absorb the possible damage and leave your pallet rack stable. Of course, you should always check your rack for stability after taking contact. However, you will find the rack in good condition more times than not if you make use of these products in your business. The caveat being that the guards need to be in a place where the rack takes contact. It is good to know that these products are stackable. You could, theoretically, cover the entirety of your rack with column guard or RAMguards.
If your warehouse is big enough then there are a few amenities that you want to consider for your business. The first of which is a modular office. A modular office does not have any sort of attachment to the building. The fact that it does not have an attachment means that it is much easier to get a permit in most locations. It also means that the system is mobile to a degree. You can move a modular office through the use of a forklift or a pallet jack. It is one of the best features of a modular office. If you find that you need the use of the modular office on the other end of the building then you can move it there. If you need to change the use of the modular office then you can also do that too. A modular office has hookups for electricity and AC/heating. If the purpose you have in mind makes use of one or both of those hookups then you can do it. Obviously, any water or sewage hookup needs cannot be met by these offices. Therefore, the modular office is versatile as long as you keep those two limitations in mind.
A 2nd level of storage is a good idea for businesses that have a lot to store. If your business is at this level then you should know that you do not have to build onto the existing building. All you have to do is get a mezzanine work platform. The difference between a mezzanine and a mezzanine work platform is the fact that the latter is not attached to the building. The former does have an attachment to the building. Subsequently, as with the modular office, the permit process may be easier with your particular local government. Keep in mind that, if you want this item to have some degree of mobility, that you will have to request it to be built to fit other buildings as well. Most mezzanine work platforms are custom built for a certain space. It is the reason why you do not see very many work platforms sold as a used item. They tend not to fit anywhere but the place they originally occupied.
Not ready for any of the two options above but feel like your business will be big enough someday? Want to optimize your storage and its workflow in your business? A CAD warehouse layout gives you the ability to plan out for the future and your current workflow. What is an even bigger boon is that your contracted company providing the CAD drawing has worked with businesses just like you. They may have insights, tips, and tricks that will help you design your warehouse for maximum efficiency. You may speed up the growth of your business and its effectiveness by working with a reputable company just by these tips alone.
Finally, you will need to worry about getting permits for your film storage solutions. However, this does not have to be such a big worry. If you work with a company that deals with the agencies every day then you may be able to speed your way through the process. Again, the company may know tips and tricks that speed up the process or avoid pitfalls that most businesses do not know exist. It also allows you to focus on what you do best which is probably not dealing with permitting agencies in your local government.