With construction costs continuously on the rise, companies are always on the lookout for cost-effective solutions to increase their productivity and capacity, without having to go through the trouble of building, renting or expanding their facility. Mezzanine storage systems offer one such alternative that puts the facilities’ vertical space to good use and reduces the cost of construction and real estate. Mezzanines can be added to warehouses, construction sites and distribution facilities to increase storage capacity and create additional areas of production. There are several types of mezzanine storage systems available in the market.
Types and Benefits of Mezzanine Storage Systems
These types of storage systems are designed to utilise the vertical space in a warehouse. They remain adjacent to an elevated conveyor or other material handling equipments and give the employees and maintenance personnel easy access to the equipments. Stairways, gates and pallet drop zones can be added to the catwalk storage systems to optimise them further.
These kinds of storage systems are typically considered a fixture within the facility. They are supported by steel columns that are bolted to the floor, taking up minimal space. When the usual loading requirements or configurations are not a factor, free standing mezzanine storages can prove to be the ideal solution.
Mezzanines like Full Mat combine the features of catwalk and freestanding systems. They consist of an open second level and can be installed over existing workplace areas or shelving.
These are affordable mezzanines that don’t need to be supported by separate structural columns, as they are built on top of and supported by conventional shelving and pallet racking systems. They facilitate maximization of space by providing storage capacity on top, as well as underneath.
These mezzanines are manufactured as part of the facilities original design, so they are usually considered a part of the building. Since their floors are made of concrete, they can support heavy loads successfully.
As the name suggests, these types of storage systems can be designed according to the specific needs of the facility. Just about any load characteristics, design, column spacing and components can be accommodated in these mezzanine storage systems.