If you operate a warehouse or distribution center with high ceilings, a mezzanine can help you maximize that unused space. These structures are easy to install and can be customized to fit your needs.
Mezzanine work platforms offer elevated workspace for assembly, picking and packaging. They can also accommodate storage or conveyor systems.
Maximize Storage Space
Add a new floor level of storage or office space in your warehouse without the costly and time-consuming build-out of a new facility. Steel mezzanine structures are built in your existing plant to take advantage of empty, vertical space above your operations. They are easy to install and meet industry standards and code requirements for safety and strength.
Catwalk mezzanines are designed with stairways, gates and pallet drop zones for access to your equipment. These structures allow you to store items above the conveyors and materials handling equipment without obstructing the forklift and foot traffic that moves materials through the warehouse.
Shelving and shelving platforms maximize your vertical cube by concentrating small parts, bins, inventory and tools in tighter areas for increased high-density storage. Increased high-density storage increases productivity by allowing more items to be picked up in less time for faster shipping and happier customers.
Reduce Storage Costs
Many businesses find that increasing storage space through traditional methods like adding shelves or renting additional warehouse space can quickly consume a company’s budget. With platform mezzanine systems, a business can achieve more freedom without the extra expenses.
Mezzanine structures double space for storage or office workspaces in facilities that would otherwise be too small to accommodate these additions. By using pre-engineered structural steel mezzanine structures, it can be more cost-effective to implement these solutions than it would be to build a new structure from scratch.
Perimeter mezzanines are often used for observing floor operations in full buildings, especially when a large amount of inventory or equipment is stored on the ground level. They can also serve as an entrance to other building parts or provide space for offices and conference areas. These are useful for bringing in-plant offices closer to production lines, allowing supervisors to monitor workflow and efficiency without distracting employees.
While many 3PLs focus on reducing inventory storage costs, a mezzanine can also help increase warehouse or distribution center productivity. When used for equipment and material handling, these structures can make transporting products from the ground floor to the production area easier. This can make it easier for employees to work efficiently, reduce order processing times, and boost overall efficiency.
Additionally, industrial mezzanines can serve as in-plant offices for supervisors and managers, providing a quiet and separate space to help them be more productive at work. This can allow companies to meet with suppliers and clients in a more comfortable environment while cutting down on travel expenses.
While it is important to understand the difference between mezzanines and equipment platforms, which may impact engineering, permitting, and code requirements, mezzanine solutions are one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to maximize warehouse storage capacity. Contact a mezzanine specialist today if you’re ready to improve your warehouse.
A properly installed warehouse mezzanine system can help improve workflow by bringing an organized, decluttered work floor to your facility. These systems come in pre-assembled models designed for your building layout or custom-built mezzanine structures fully tailored to your facility and its operations.
FS Industries can integrate mezzanine systems with conveyor support to create a workflow that aligns with your operational goals, ensuring efficiency and productivity. Mezzanines can also be combined with lift equipment to move inventory up and down — saving time on transportation while increasing productivity.
A key benefit of mezzanines is that they don’t require a full structural change to your building, unlike traditional raised floors. This can make it much easier to communicate the benefits of an industrial mezzanine design with the people who oversee your facility, like building inspectors and insurance agents. This can save valuable time in the planning process and avoid delays in obtaining a permit for your project.