Industrial Shelving Systems for Warehouses

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Industrial shelving systems are an economical option for storage and material handling in a variety of environments including warehouses and retail backrooms.

REB Storage Systems International offers shelving solutions for light, medium, and heavy duty applications tailored to your storage requirements. Systems can be designed in a variety of sizes, decking options, and shelf adjustments outfitted to adequately store your inventory.

In this article, you'll learn key features of each type of industrial shelving system, advantages of implementing a warehouse shelving system, and how to identify which type is right for you.

Shelving VS Racking

When considering which type of storage system works best for your requirements, you should first determine if shelving or racking is ideal. If you're unclear on whether to implement a pallet racking or a warehouse shelving system in your facility, reference the comparison chart below to find out which solution is right for you.

If, after reviewing the below chart, you determine that racking is better suited for your needs, view our racking products page for more information regarding the best options for your application requirements.

If you determine shelving is your best option, read on!

Types of Industrial Shelving Systems

REB offers a wide range of industrial shelving systems, including boltless rivet, gravity flow, mobile, steel, and wire shelving. Read below for a brief overview on each type. For more details on each type warehouse shelving, click on the product in our menu system or via the links in this section.

Boltless Rivet Shelving

For companies looking for an affordable, simple storage solution, boltless rivet shelving is often ideal. A standard unit consists of posts, horizontal beams, and decking. It is easily assembled and does not require nuts, clips, or bolts. Boltless rivet shelving offers strength and durability with a variety of beam options to accommodate light to heavier loads.

Learn More About Our Boltless Rivet Shelving Systems.

Gravity Flow Shelving

Gravity flow shelving is a first-in, first-out shelving option. It features inclined shelves that allow products to glide from the back loading area to the front picking area.

Gravity flow shelving is available in many widths, lengths, and load capacities to fit your individual storage needs.

Learn More About Our Gravity Flow Shelving Systems.

Mobile Shelving

Mobile shelving takes the basic design of a stationery shelf but is positioned on tracks, allowing them to be arranged in a compact closed position and then moved open to reveal your files. This movable concept makes mobile shelving incredibly space efficient and is especially ideal for file storage.

Learn More About Our Mobile Shelving Systems.

Steel Shelving

Steel shelving is a durable storage option for a variety of environments including warehouses and distribution centers. It is highly customizable to your storage and material handling needs with options for small parts storage to multi-level picking operations and everything in between.

Learn More About Our Steel Shelving Systems.

Wire Shelving

Wire shelving is ideal for the storage of items that require more light and air circulation as well as less dust and bacteria accumulation. Wire shelving is a durable storage option for both consumer and industrial applications. It combines high durability with an attractive appearance.

Wire shelving is available in many widths, lengths, and load capacities to fit your individual storage needs.

Learn More About Our Wire Shelving Systems.

Advantages of Industrial Shelving Systems

Each industrial shelving system will come with its own benefits. Advantages seen will also depend on how your facility is currently operating.

In general, here are some advantages commonly achieved when industrial shelving is introduced:

  • Increased pick accuracy
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased storage capacity
  • Easier tracking of stock

Which Type of Industrial Shelving System is Right for You?

As described in the previous section, implementing shelving in your warehouse will inevitably provide you with advantages. The key is identifying which type of warehouse shelving is the best fit for your operation to ensure you see the maximum benefits.

The best way to figure out which type of industrial shelving system is the best fit for your operation is by consulting a material handling systems integrator, such as REB Storage Systems (here's how you can contact us). They will be able to assess your space, products, and growth projections, among other things, in order to present you with options.

However, to get you started, there are general operational features that make each type of shelving system a good fit.

Below is a general list of each. Also, view the video below for further explanation of each bullet point below.

Boltless Rivet Shelving

  • Automotive parts storage
  • Hand picking
  • Retail, record archive, or backroom storage
  • Specialty applications such as tire storage or garment storage
  • Case-pick and piece-pick applications

Gravity Flow Shelving

  • Date sensitive storage
  • Cooler and freezer storage
  • Case-pick and piece-pick applications

Mobile Shelving

  • Record archive storage
  • Limited Storage Space
  • Valuable/secure item storage
  • Operations that don't need to access and pick from multiple locations at once

Steel Shelving

  • Case and piece pick storage
  • Single or multi-level pick modules

Wire Shelving

  • Storage that require ventilation
  • Storage that requires more visibility
  • Electronic, healthcare, or food storage
  • Perishable item storage

Your Next Step For Industrial Shelving Products

REB is highly knowledgeable and experienced in designing, project managing, and installing shelving systems. As a systems integrator, we’ll work with you to provide a turnkey system. From design, products procurement, subcontractor management, install, and permitting support, REB handles it all for you.

REB has a talented team of in-house project managers and project designers, all highly experienced in the material handling industry. We’ll work with you to make sure that your system is the best fit for your operation, installed and completed on-time and within budget.

We’d appreciate the opportunity to help you further, whether that be more information or a quote. Fill in the contact form on this page or call us at (800) 252-5955 to get in touch with a REB representative.

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