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June Roundup: Warehousing, Manufacturing & Automation

Trends for industrial storage, handling and safety

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warehousing, automation and manufacturing news from Cisco-Eagle

We’ve curated a monthly list of relevant articles, tips and information from some of the smartest people in manufacturing, e-commerce, distribution, safety and more as well as some links to advice from Cisco-Eagle that we hope you’ll find helpful.

Warehousing rental costs on the rise

This should be no surprise at all in today’s inflationary environment.

According to the MHEDA Journal and author Gene Marks, the cost of finding and occupying a warehouse is on the rise despite an era of economic uncertainty. In most American markets, higher rents are being driven by record low vacancies and robust demand. In some metro areas, warehouse rental rates have risen as much as 20% halfway through 2022.

aerial view of a warehouse facility

Key takeaways

  • Find ways to utilize your existing space as efficiently as possible. It’s a good time not to need more space.
  • Be sure your financial house is in order. It’s a seller’s market for industrial space, so a strong financial record can help you compete for the space you need. Landlords are in a position to demand more transparency from their tenants and can be choosier than in the past.
  • Be ready to commit. Landlords are asking for, and getting, longer-term leases these days–as much as five years is standard.
  • Work with a pro. It’s never been more complex and demanding to find and get the best deal on the best space. A real estate expert may be able to answer questions in ways that put you in the best position.

Read more: Cisco-Eagle’s guide to Space Optimization (PDF download)

Steel King releases pallet rack safety guide

Because pallet racks are the most common industrial storage method in the world, rack safety should always be a top priority.

Steel King has released a free PDF download–a guide to rack safety. It’s 12 pages of advice, illustrations and standards that anyone who runs a warehouse should read. Topics include rack damage and how it affects capacity, the riskiest areas of a facility and advice on rack safety inspections.

diagram showing beam deflection tolerances.

Key takeaways

  • Beam deflection guideline. Beams will bend under heavy loads as designed, but they shouldn’t unless they’re loaded. If the beam is bent when unloaded, replace it. Even under load, beams shouldn’t deflect beyond tolerance. Maximum deflection is beam length divided by 180 at the midpoint under an evenly distributed load.
  • Capacity is critical. Racks have more than one capacity rating, so it’s important to know both. Beams are straightforward and can accept evenly distributed loads per pair as listed in your specifications. Frame capacity is more complicated, as it is dictated by the amount of vertical space between beams as well as the frame’s construction. It’s advisable to consult a professional if you aren’t certain of either your rack’s actual capacity or its ability to bear the load you need it to.
  • What’s around your racks? Good lighting, clear aisles and protective equipment at the column bases contribute to a safer rack environment.

The download has lots more great information. You can also consult our pallet rack blog for more rack safety tips.

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Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.

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