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Your company reputation has a significant impact on your bottom line. Customers who trust and believe in your company are more likely to become repeat customers and refer you to others.
This article compares two popular dynamic storage systems and the benefits of implementing them into your operation to help maximize productivity.
Celebrate Christmas in July with this case study on how a company storing Christmas trees was able to maximize their storage density with a unique Punch Deck Plus storage solution
Do you have products that are bulky or hard to store? Standard pallet rack can store these products but it may not be the best solution. Learn how you can utilize non-standard pallet rack designs to maximize your storage density.
Leaders should encourage and invest in their employees. Employees who are engaged have more pride in their work and the company they work for
Your racking system should be properly designed to meet your local fire and building codes. This article emphasizes the importance of flue spacing within your racking system and how to achieve correct spacing and adhere to fire and building codes.
When you allow time to challenge and develop your skills, you are also allowing yourself to set higher goals and standards for your performance. The more you challenge yourself, the more valuable you become.
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing workplace injury and fatalities. Running routine warehouse safety inspections will locate any potential safety concerns to help keep your operation and your employees safe.
This case study showcases how REB implemented a unique decking configuration that allowed this company to store their heavy bins on selective rack to maintain full selectivity.
Are you in the food distribution industry? If so, you'll want to ask yourself these 4 questions to make sure your operation is fully optimized!
Priority management is an essential aspect of any job to stay organized. Implementing these three elements can help you categorize your daily projects and tasks.
This case study highlights how REB implemented a pick module design to expedite this eCommerce company's piece-picking order fulfillment process while accommodating the company's current and projected future growth.
Warehouse picking carts are extremely versatile and can be used for many applications. This article outlines the importance of selecting a cart that is ideal for your operation and what to evaluate so you choose the right one.
What sets a great salesperson apart from an average salesperson? It's not about how many sales they make but how they develop relationships.and commit to success.
Push back and pallet flow storage systems are very similar in providing density and space utilization for your foodservice operation. However, it is important to examine which system can be more beneficial to your specific inventory characteristics, picking practices and available space.
Happy International Women's Day! REB is proud to work with awesome women in the material handling industry and love that so many women are contributing to this industry in a meaningful way.
Incorporating mentoring programs into your company culture can enhance cross-departmental communication and collaboration while also providing professional development for those involved.
When upgrading your warehouse, it is important to adequately define your inventory characteristics and picking processes to identify if implementing automation can enhance your operation. This article discusses what operations can benefit from adding automation as well as what types you can implement when first automating your space.
Businesses that implement follow up routines not only are better in tune with their customers but open up potential for repeat business and more profits.
A company needed a material handling system that could house their 13,000 SKUs which varied in shape and size. REB implemented a layout with different design elements to accommodate the SKUs while still providing high selectivity.
Back to Blog Setting Goals and Crushing Them – A Letter From REB’s President At the start of the new year, it’s easy to write down the goals you want to achieve throughout the course of the year. The hard part is trying to establish a plan or outline on how to accomplish them. When…
If you’ve outgrown your warehouse or are in need to relocate your operations, this article explains how to start your move and what is required for both rack removal and relocation.
The 2018 REB Holiday Party was hosted at Dave and Buster's on Wednesday, December 5th. The night included many laughs, games and memorable moments as the company also celebrated the retirement of Joe Malerba.
On Thursday, November 8th, Jacqueline Terrell, Linda Orlando and Adriana Meneghetti attended the second annual MHEDA and MHI Women In Industry Conference.
Jacqueline Terrell, REB's Vice President of Marketing, serves on the 2019 Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) Conference Committee. The committee met in October to help organize sessions for the upcoming 2019 WERC conference in Columbus, OH.
This pick module illustrates how carton flow, pallet flow and selective rack are integrated together with a mezzanine and conveyor system to save floor space, increase picking times and provide a seamless order fulfillment process.
A material handling integrator works collaboratively with each client to design, install and complete a system to optimize their operation. This article explains the key difference between an integrator and a distributor and what services a material handling integrator provides to be seen as a partner.
In order to maximize box storage without comprising adherence to fire codes, REB designed an order picker system with unique flue keeper and mid-span carton stop features. Learn how this solution ended up saving this records storage company over $300K and additional 20% savings on shelf material costs in this month's case study.
On September 30th, Jared Smigal and Joe Malerba completed the Tunnel to Towers run in New York, a 5K held annually to pay homage to the first responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11th.
The racking system in your warehouse facility serves as the entire framework for your operation. This comparison chart shows the advantages to each racking system and how they compare to each other in terms of density, selectivity, product volume and cost.
In this case study you will learn how REB designed a layout option to maximize a manufacturer's vertical storage for their new building expansion. This project was divided into two phases and consisted of selective, carton flow and cantilever racking systems to allow for storage of varying sizes to be easily accessed for faster picking.
Integrating keg flow to your beer wholesale or distribution center storage is a unique solution to increase storage density while maintaining picking rates. This article provides an overview of keg flow specifications, applications and what you need to assess to optimize your operation.
Roger Sandstrom, the 'R' in REB, joins Joe Budz, Bill Welton and Don Nolimal at the Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation Fall Ball Golf Outing.
A positive workplace culture can strengthen your company’s objectives and helps drive employee engagement and retention. Learn how this can be established through identifying and building on the six cultural aspects that are important to your employees.
Many companies create a wellness program to improve and promote a healthy lifestyle for their employees. In addition to improving healthy lifestyles for employees, workplace wellness programs have many benefits to an organization. Employees who participate in wellness programs have lower absences, higher morale and increased productivity. Wellness programs can be outfitted with nutritional options, activities and challenges or mental and emotional wellness factors.
If you are planning to build a new material handling system or reconfigure your existing one, knowing the building codes in your location, if you are in a higher risk seismic zone and what that means for your material handling system is very important.
Workplace synergy takes place when employees come together to make a greater impact than they would separately. Synergy results in high productivity, efficiencies and employee accountability. This can be achieved when company goals are set and everyone collaboratively sees the whole process through to completion.
Maintaining and inspecting racking systems regularly will help you stay cognizant of any severe or accumulated rack damage that can impact the integrity of the racking system. Periodic in-house assessments should be conducted to report anything that does not look correct or has experienced any form of contact with equipment. If you are concerned about the safety of your racking system, the sooner you address it the better.
Implementing a management style that focuses on and develops employees’ strengths can be more effective than trying to fix, grow or improve weaknesses. When employees are encouraged to understand and utilize their strengths, they are more productive and engaged, less likely to quit their jobs and have an increase in customer engagement.
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing workplace injury and fatalities. Running routine safety inspections to your warehouse can identify safety concerns to help avoid a rack collapse, damage to property or inventory and employee injury. Make sure to continually assess your warehouse to identify any safety issues.
A mattress manufacturer needed to move from an existing 270,000 sq. ft. facility to a 130,000 sq. ft. facility. We proposed a 2-deep drive-in racking system which increased storage density while allowing the manufacturer to continue using their existing lift equipment. The result was a layout that exceeded the current capacity without leasing a second location. Additionally, this solution estimated an annual real estate savings of $840K (based on $8/sq. ft.)
Are you looking to implement a storage system that can slash labor and equipment costs up to 75%? Dynamic racking systems allow products to move via gravity to the pick face, resulting in higher storage density, easier restocking and less travel times.
Accountability is an employee’s responsibility to show up, perform and complete assigned tasks and duties to meet or further develop a common goal set by an organization. It is important that employees exhibit accountability in the workplace for a business to achieve success.
Rack safety was a popular topic at the 2018 WERC conference. REB’s Director of Remediation Services, Joe Malerba, presented “Understanding Rack Safety and Rack Repair”, educating attendees on industry standards for rack safety and repair, as put forth by RMI. It was a packed room, we’re glad to see so many warehousing professionals taking positive…
A packaging supplier needed to expand and relocate their storage and distribution operation. To save the company money, REB provided a design with selective rack and wire decking that incorporated both new material as well as material from their existing racking system. This allows them to store larger quantities while expediting their picking and shipping processes.
There are a number of warehouse storage solutions out there, and while a couple of these may ‘work’ for your operation, there’s likely one that is the most beneficial. Identifying and utilizing the ideal solution will ensure optimized density and selectivity, increasing efficiency and ultimately profits.
Effective communication is vital to every business. Whether you work from home or in an office with hundreds of people, poor communication can lead to low productivity or unmotivated employees. There are several helpful ways to improve your communication skills to avoid communication breakdowns and maintain effective communication in the workplace.
If you’re currently researching options for an industrial cooler or industrial freezer for your warehouse, consider a rack supported cooler or freezer for a higher storage density solution that will save money and construction time.
A supermarket chain required backroom shelving for numerous locations across the United States. REB supplied a rivet shelving solution to maximize their backroom storage. As a systems integrator, REB was able to store, pack and ship all inventory, resulting in time and cost savings.
Happy International Women's Day! We've had the pleasure of working with awesome women in the material handling industry and love that so many women are contributing to this industry in a meaningful way.
Employee productivity is paramount for a successful operation and overall customer satisfaction. There are various factors that contribute to an employee’s productivity. Making sure employers recognize, encourage and enhance these influencers will help leverage productivity while being conducive to making your company run more efficiently.
As a systems integrator, REB provides project management services enabling us to manage your project from conception to completion, including designing the layout, sourcing materials, permitting support services and installation for storage solutions specific to your operation.
A food and beverage company wanted to address two damaged selective rack frames in the company's 115' x 229' freezer where they store pallets of frozen food. REB was called in to fix the damaged rack by installing two (2) 9’ high slant rack repairs. REB also suggested a safety assessment in the entire freezer. The assessment found further damage and other safety concerns that the company completed. As a result, they now have a much safer facility and their annual cost for repairs is lower.
Coolers and freezers present unique storage challenges. Because of the cold temperatures, using the right type of racking can make or break your operation (literally). It's important to understand the differences of roll formed and structural steel and which is advisable to use for your cold storage racking system.
The purpose of job enrichment is to make an employee’s position more satisfying. By giving employees more responsibility and variety in their jobs, it improves productivity while reducing turnover.
Susan Paulding has been REB's Inside Sales Representative for several years. She's proven to be a valuable asset to the company, utilizing her 20+ years of material handling, sales and customer service experience to help drive customer satisfaction.
A home goods retail company needed to add shelving for backroom storage in their numerous locations across the United States and Canada. The design and quantities of the additional storage needed to be tailored to that location’s specifications. As a full service provider, REB handled every aspect of each project, giving the customer the convenience of utilizing one company for all materials, freight management and labor as needed. REB housed all inventory in one central location, which ensured the safe and on-time delivery of materials to each location.
In order to grow profits and have your 3PL warehouse run efficiently, you must make the most of your warehouse space. To maximize operations to increase efficiency, workflow and output, consider these elements.
As we enter a new year, it is an exciting time to look ahead at opportunities in 2018. Professional and personal growth are important to employees, and providing the right opportunities in your company will foster employee engagement, increase employee productivity, retention and morale.
A distributor was relocating their distribution center and needed a turnkey storage solution for their cooler and freezer sections. REB suggested they consider constructing the cooler and freezer so that it is supported by the rack structure, which optimizes space utilization and offers higher storage density.
A rack supported structure is comprised of storage systems that act as the structural support for the walls and ceiling of the facility while still providing storage. When compared to structural steel frame warehouses, the design of the rack supported warehouse offers a higher storage density.
Change is an inevitable aspect of the workforce today. Businesses must continuously change and adapt to accommodate an array of customer needs while staying current with emerging trends and technology.
Frankie the Forklift accompanied REB employees to project locations, vacations, conferences, etc. for a fun photo challenge. Employees had several months to submit unique or interesting photos of Frankie.
Designing or redesigning a warehouse racking layout can greatly increase your productivity and storage capacity while reducing the cost of goods stored and picked. Every layout is unique, but the goal of every design is to achieve the greatest storage density while optimizing the flow of products.
REB Storage Systems International was featured in the November/December 2017 Industrial Supply's article "Warehouse Solutions". The article, page 38, discusses how racks and shelving options can increase your storage capacity.
One of the most common challenges that management faces today involves generational differences within the workplace. Employees of all generations want to know their work is valuable to the company. Ensuring that everyone sees that they are working toward the same end, and that their goals are aligned, also helps employees come together as one cohesive unit.
Pallet rack capacity is a crucial factor to the safety of your warehouse. It is important to ensure that both the racking frames and beams are designed to hold the required weight to avoid a possible collapse. When calculating the capacity, there are several elements to take into consideration.
An energy drink supplier needed a better solution for storing products. REB designed a pallet flow system to hold 324 pallets with a 2,200 lb. average pallet weight. The first-in, first-out design of the system allows for constant product movement and safeguarding that no inventory spoils or goes to waste.
REB's Vice President of Marketing, Jacqueline Terrell will be speaking alongside other MHEDA and MHI members at the first ever Women in Industry Conference in Chicago, IL.
Used warehouse racking can be a great option for cutting down costs for a facility upgrade, renovation or a new warehouse. Whether you are putting together an entire system of used rack or are incorporating used pallet racking into your current system, make sure it will fit without any problems.
Implementing creativity is vital in offering new and exciting solutions for your customers, generating new business, as well as providing a fun, collaborative work environment for employees.
Many warehouses and distribution centers face the issue of outgrowing their facility. When a business has a production line or has heavy traffic in the shipping and receiving departments, storage space is vital. A warehouse mezzanine can be added to the space to increase storage, which is a more affordable option than renovating or relocating to a larger facility.
Operational excellence is the process where organizations focus on their customers’ needs while consistently improving the organization’s current procedures that are set in place. This can be used as a source of measurement on what can be improved to maintain a competitive advantage in the industry.
An automotive parts department was struggling to keep up with the growing demands of the dealership. REB designed and installed a storage solution specific to the parts department's space and workflow needs.
For companies that handle many small parts, such as nuts and bolts, a solution created specifically for small parts storage is a crucial element for organization and to help keep parts easily accessible for employees. Shelving and bins are both excellent options for small parts storage applications and can be utilized in a variety of environments including warehouses, offices, and retail stores.
When companies implement positivity and encouragement practices in the workplace, the overall performance and productivity of employees is higher. Not only is positivity a good practice for the bottom line of the company, it is also beneficial to your employees.
Retail stores use a backroom space to house the overflow of goods that may not fit on the allocated display shelf space. Most overflow is received directly from suppliers or distribution centers, making the store’s backroom storage indispensable. By adding shelving to this space, retailers can easily store overstocked goods, making it easier to organize inventory and accelerate stock replenishment.
REB Storage System International’s Joe Malerba presented "Understanding Rack Safety and Repair" at the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.
Industrial storage containers are just one example of a material handling product that can help optimize your storage space. They are highly versatile and can be used to store products within your facility, and/or transport them between different facilities, while providing security for your products. There are several types of industrial storage containers, with various sizes and stowing options, tailored to your operation.
An essential step toward adapting to change is understanding it: what is happening and why. Monitor market signals, and based on your analysis generate ideas about how you might adapt your strategies. It’s also important to have an evolving definition of success and how to achieve it.
Material handling is a field involving the transport, storage, and control of goods and products throughout the processes of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal of all related materials. A material handling conveyor system is a common piece of mechanical handling equipment that moves materials from one location to another. Conveyors are especially useful in applications involving the transportation of heavy or bulky materials.
Companies are built by great employees who can work well together. Ask anyone in a leadership position about hard working, key employees who help contribute to the overall success of the company and most often, they will use the word dedicated to describe them.
The push back retrofit system rests on top of the existing drive in rails and is either bolted or welded to the system at the front position. Reconfiguration of the existing system is rarely needed.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our goal with the new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about REB’s products, services and view the company blog updates. You will find the navigation bar on the top of the page, creating a simpler way for you to browse everything REB has to offer.
REB conducted a rack safety inspection on a local logistics company and found a total of seventy-four (74) areas where the pallet rack frames were damaged and required repair.
Last-in, first-out (LIFO) is a type of inventory management that allows inventory placed into a rack system last to be removed first. Last-in, first-out storage is most often used for goods with a long shelf life or those held in large quantities.
Researching and asking questions that deepen your understanding about your customers provides you with knowledge that makes selling easier and increases the percentage of prospects that become customers. To forge a deeper relationship with your customers, think long-term partnership, rather than short-term sales goals, and you’ll grow as your customers grow.
A California-based floral importer and distributor was storing pallets of floral arrangements on the floor and needed to increase their storage density due to growth. The company wanted the rack system to accommodate their existing forklifts.
REB Storage Systems International’s VP of Marketing, Jacqueline Terrell, was recently interviewed by The MHEDA Journal. In the article, which is featured in the First Quarter 2017 The MHEDA Journal, Jacqueline shares her experience and tools for success along with her role in MHEDA’s Women in Industry Net Group.
Through the course of normal operations, storage rack frames can be damaged by forklifts and other material handling equipment. Damaged frames have a reduced capacity and present a serious risk of collapse and personal injury. A collapse can also damage merchandise, adjacent building structures and equipment.
Congrats to Mike Palko on receiving his PMP! He joins Joe Yassine as the second REB Project Manager to receive a Project Management Professional Certification!
As we look ahead to 2017, it’s important to start visualizing what you want out of it. Any changes to workplace operations you’d like to make? Any changes to your leadership style?
REB Storage Systems International's VP of Business Development Matt Myers was recently interviewed as an authority on mezzanines for Modern Materials Handling's article "Mezzanines: The Space Race". The article, which is in the December 2016 issue, discusses options, safety precautions, and other considerations when implementing a mezzanine.
A manufacturer of insulation and fiberglass composites needed to add storage to their 34,000 sq. ft. warehouse. The warehouse was a working facility with much of their products being stored on the floor. Racking was required to maximize and differentiate the storage area and production area.
It’s important to always be open to necessary changes in your processes. In fact, it’s best to be proactive in seeking out these changes. If you improve the process, you can improve the output.
REB Storage Systems International Continues to Invest in Project Management Department with the Addition of Industry Experts
Lori Palmer, REB president, spoke on why these additions are important: “Proper project management and engineering is vital to producing an effective storage solution. REB made the strategic decision to invest in a first-rate project management and engineering department in order to strengthen the level of efficiency and precision that customers have come to expect.”
A carton flow system can be an integral part of your warehouse or distribution center, improving efficiency and helping to maintain a steady, available flow of inventory. However, this smooth flow can only occur if all parts of the system are operating properly.
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their stunning victory to clinch the title of World Series Champs! As a proud Chicago business for 54 years, REB could not be more excited.
Distribution centers and warehouses have been using pick to voice technology for almost 30 years, though it’s still a little known picking option. Also known as voice directed picking, this man-to-goods picking system is increasing in popularity, thanks to improved technology and the steady decrease of software costs.
A major quality in being an effective leader is to ask questions. Ask questions of your employees, since they are involved in day-to-day operations and can likely provide you with the best feedback to help you lead effectively. People will respect you for asking and valuing their opinion.
There are three types of accumulation conveyors: zero pressure, zero contact, and minimum pressure. In this video you'll learn the differences of each including how they operate and ideal uses.
Lighted picking systems use pick to light and put to light technology in conjunction with carton flow systems in order to improve order accuracy and picking speeds. Pick to light and put to light systems are best for settings operations requiring order fulfillment with a high pick speed and low error rate, such as general merchandise retailers or apparel companies. Due to the basic visual aids used to fulfill each order, lighted picking technology is able to improve both order accuracy and picking speeds.
Rose Muersch and Gene Bellan have retired after 50 years of employment at REB Storage Systems International. Both have been involved since the start of REB and hold the title of longest employed. Rose retires as Chief Accounting Officer and Gene as past Warehouse Manager and current Maintenance Associate.
Perseverance is often the difference between failure and success. Once you accept that hard work and determination are the cornerstone of all significant achievements, you will be on the way to attaining your goals.
Transportation conveyors can be used for a variety of applications from heavy full-pallet loads to lightweight items that vary in size. In this video you'll learn about the three main types of transportation conveyors: gravity conveyors, belt conveyors, and live roller conveyors.
Transportation conveyors move pallets or cartons from point A to point B. They can be used for a variety of applications from heavy full-pallet loads to lightweight items that vary in size. Transportation conveyor options are available to accommodate requirements such as desired speed and product handling procedures.
REB Storage Systems International President Lori Palmer is featured as the cover story in the August edition of Women of Distinction Magazine, a publication dedicated to sharing women’s success stories and inspire the new generation of professional women.
For decades, the standard method of order fulfillment has been man-to-goods. A worker gathers the product(s) and assembles the product(s) into a complete order. This “older style man-to-goods methods [is] characterized by serious labor costs, heavy turnover, high cost shelving, conveyors, lifts, and transport and other systems to get targeted materials to a picker/packer or palletizing operation.”
Why is it important to REB to get involved in industry events? Three REB employees recently answered this while exhibiting at the 2016 PRISM conference.
A manufacturer of helicopter parts needed to consolidate storage. This required them to relocate racking from one warehouse to another 407,000 sq. ft. warehouse.
A beauty and personal care products distributor wanted to address picking issues they were having in their 850,000 sq. ft. distribution center. The issues were due to inadequacies with their warehouse picking carts.
PRISM International (Professional Records & Information Services Management) is the not-for-profit trade association for the commercial information management industry. This industry is made up of outsourcing partners that provide their clients with physical and digital information protection, access, retention, storage, and disposal.
First-in, first-out, or FIFO, is a type of inventory management that allows inventory placed into a rack system first to be removed first. FIFO rack systems are ideal for customers requiring rapid stock rotation, have a high turnover rate for inventory, or store items with expiration dates. For example, FIFO food storage applications allows for constant product movement, safeguarding that no inventory spoils or goes to waste.
Women in the Industry, a MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) networking group aimed at supporting women within the Material Handling Industry as well as attracting new women to the industry, recently came together to further this initiative by exhibiting at MHEDA's annual convention.
Gravity flow racks are designed for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management. This means that the first piece of inventory placed into the system is also the first item picked for an order. This option is ideal for locations where inventory has a shelf life: food, fashion, technology, etc. The goal of FIFO racking is to ensure space is efficiently utilized and profit is maximized.
REB conducted a full on-site rack safety inspection of the distribution center. A significant number of damaged frames were found along with other typical rack damage. REB provided the manufacturer with a scope of work drawing detailing all damage and how critical each was.
A pick module can be designed for manual pick applications, automated pick applications, or a combination of both. This video covers pick module options, how they operate, and typical components.
Carton flow rack is a first-in, first-out inventory management system for case, tote, and piece-picking applications. In this video you will learn about carton flow rack including components, ideal uses, options, and accessories.
Pallet rack is available in both structural and roll-formed steel. In this tutorial you’ll learn the differences of each including how they are constructed and ideal uses.
Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation, an organization that offers programs and incentives to further industrial retention within it's service area, held its recent meet and greet at REB Storage Systems International's headquarter Chicago office. The event was attended by various businesses in the area and featured Chicago's 36th Ward Alderman, Gilbert Villegas. The event was aimed at demonstrating the strength of the industrial sector in Chicago's 36th Ward.
You’ve invested in a customized storage system that perfectly suits the needs of your company and paid to have it installed. Your company is starting to benefit from the improved efficiency that your new layout provides, and your material handling operations are running much more smoothly. You’ve checked everything off of your to-do list and you think you’re done with racking components.
Rack systems are highly engineered, high performance structures that are designed to carry more than ten times the self-weight of the structure. Daily abuse, neglect, adding new rack, modifying, or reconfiguring old rack can compromise the integrity of those systems in ways that goes beyond dents, rust, or chipped paint.
Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of these actions happen as a matter of running a warehouse, but what warehouse rack safety measures are taken to ensure that these actions have not compromised the integrity of your rack system?
Once the decision has been made to install pallet rack in your warehouse, the next big question is “How do I go about installing it?” Warehouse rack installation doesn’t have to be a difficult process; with the right groundwork, your pallet rack installation will be a breeze.
The racking system in your warehouse facility serves as the entire framework for your operation. When choosing an industrial warehouse racking option, you need racking solutions that are ideal for your space and built to last.
Industrial warehouse shelving is not limited to one type or size. There are various types, sizes, and styles to choose from – exploring all of the options is the best way to customize your warehouse in order to maximize your industrial space.
Material handling is much more than the handling of inventory – it’s the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout their lifespan of manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption, and disposal. Material handling encompasses a range of components to keep the supply chain running, including a variety of equipment types (manual, semi-automated, and automated) and systems (single level storage, multi-level storage, conveyors, etc.).
Material handling equipment is general or specialized equipment used for the movement, storage, and protection of goods during the manufacturing, distribution, consumption, and disposal processes. Not all material handling equipment is the same and the various types can be broken down into several categories based on their use.
There are various pallet racking types, all with different features, benefits, and ideal uses. Which is best for your operation not only depends on the products that you are storing but also the selectivity and density that you require. Below is a comparison and descriptions of pallet racking types.
Pallet rack is available as both structural steel rack and roll formed steel rack. The main difference between these two is how they are made: structural steel is formed while still hot, whereas roll-formed steel is formed while cold. The outcome of these processes is two different types of rack with different ideal uses and benefits.
Your warehouse product flow determines your overall productivity and efficiency. When designing the overall layout of your warehouse the shipping and receiving placement should be evaluated and chosen based on your available space, product throughput needs, and available resources.
As a business grows, additional space is needed to accommodate this expansion. Unfortunately, adding on to a building is often an expensive investment that can halt operations for an extended period of time. One way to add space to your building while avoiding an addition is a warehouse mezzanine system. Mezzanines are a cost effective solution that add additional capacity to a warehouse or distribution center by utilizing vertical space.
REB employees joined together to achieve 8,303,934 steps for the month of March, that’s 124% of our March goal! Congratulations to REB employee Glenn Staley who was March’s winner. Glenn chose Hospice of the Comforter to receive a donation from REB in remembrance of his parents..
These statements should prove that you need to implement pallet rack protection now: 1. The safety of your employees is of the upmost importance. 2. The products stored in your warehouse are essential to your business. 3. Your rack system is a significant investment.
REBfit February was a great success! REB employees joined together to achieve 8,305,859 steps for the month, that’s 112% of our February goal! Congratulations to REB employee Jesse Ruiz who was February’s winner. Jesse chose the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to receive a donation from REB in honor of his son, Aiden Ruiz.
REB employees are joining together to step for charity! Each month REB employees will stride as a team to reach each month’s step goal. Each month that step goal is reached REB will donate to a charity chosen by an employee that reaches their individual step goal for that month. Come back here each month to view our progress!
A pick module system is an engineered rack system that utilizes rack components integrated with a variety of storage solutions to move product efficiently through a distribution center to expedite the order fulfillment process. The module is designed to optimize the efficient flow of multiple orders.
Keeping your warehouse operating safely and at peak efficiency begins with routine inspection and maintenance. International Building codes (IBC) and occupancy permits increasingly include ANSI/RMI (American National Standards Institute / Rack Manufacturers Institute) standards. Ask yourself, what standards are in place after a warehouse is put in operation or what about retrofitted warehouses? Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of that happens as a matter of running a warehouse, but what doesn’t always happen is regularly inspecting pallet rack systems.
REB Storage Systems International Continues to Invest in Project Management Department with the Addition of Industry Experts
Chicago, IL, 10/15/2014- REB Storage Systems International has announced additions within their Project Management Department. The additions include California-based Project Manager Randy Duston, Chicago-based Project Manager Steve Vlach, and Chicago-based Engineering Manager Jerry Pytel, all who have 30+ years of experience with the design and installation of storage systems.
Selective Pallet, Cantilever, Flow, Drive-In, or Push Back: What is the Ideal Racking System for your Warehouse?
here are many options to consider when choosing the correct type of racking for your warehouse. While more than one option may work, likely there is an ideal option over the rest. Implementing the right warehouse racking system can help speed up productivity and increase storage capacity. Here are common warehouse storage systems to consider:
REB Storage Systems International, specialists in Storage and Material Handling Solutions, announced that on February 1, 2014, Executive Vice President Lori Palmer was elected President by the company’s CEO, Tom Lesko, and its Board of Directors.
REB Storage Systems International Named Exclusive Distributor of Russ Bassett Corporation Media Storage Products for the Archive Market
REB Storage Systems International, records storage solutions specialist, has been named the exclusive distributor of Russ Bassett Corporation’s line of media storage products for customers within the archive market. The product line consists of high-capacity media shelving and cabinets including Gemtrac, Maxrac, and Ractrac.
On this week's RIMproReport, a weekly talk show dedicated to the RIM services industry, Lori discusses some of the cool things happening at REB these days. She makes a big announcement about a new, well-known staff member who has just joined the team. She also shares some of the recent trends she’s seen in the industry related to the purchase of racking systems, remediation of existing rack, and global expansion.
REB Storage Systems International, the Chicago-based company specializing in material handling solutions, has announced the addition of four distinguished professionals in the Material Handling and Records Storage Industries.
In 1988, our partnership began. A company “interested in getting into the records storage business” called and wanted shelving for four hundred (400) archive cartons. I took the phone call and made the sales call. We sold them five (5) units of 69” x 32” x 7’ rivet shelving with four particle board shelves. They were in the commercial real estate business and had purchased a building on Northwest Highway on the Northwest side of Chicago. “They found the perfect business to offset the cost of the building.”
Compromised and damaged racking can lead to a variety of problems that not only threatens the security of stored materials but may also affect the overall viability of your operation and put your employees at risk. As a result, it's necessary to assess and address any safety issues with your racking system.
Supplementing your racking system is one of the most significant expenses you're likely to incur for your business. Fortunately, the option of buying used equipment can help you reduce your costs. However, used equipment can create a multitude of problems that may end up costing you more. As a result, it's necessary to consider two important factors that will ultimately enable you to get the best value for your money -- size and compatibility.
CHICAGO,IL, August 30, 2012 - REB Storage Systems International, leader in turnkey material handling systems since 1962, has announced the purchase of Classic Modular Systems, Inc. A 30-year-old company located in Cary, IL, CMS is well-known for designing custom space solutions for office and plant environments through ergonomic task furniture, workstations, modular offices, high density shelving and custom cabinets and counters.
REB continues to grow, hiring new Project Engineer Adam Salage. Adam comes to us with over twelve years of experience in the racking industry. He has extensive knowledge of all types of racking systems including archive, push back, drive-in, pallet flow and pallet storage.
Six-year REB employee Dennis Tarnowski has recently been promoted to Engineering Manager. Beginning his career at REB designing material handling systems, Dennis quickly excelled to become a Project Manager, handling multi-million dollar installations.
2012 marks REB Storage Systems International’s 50th anniversary providing Turnkey Record Storage Solutions. REB has and continues to set the bar in the engineering, supplying and installing of records storage systems internationally.
REB Storage Systems International, a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution, and installation of Record Storage and Material Handling Systems today announced an expansion of its global presence with the opening of an office on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland.