Mezzanines are a cost effective solution to add additional capacity to a warehouse or distribution center by utilizing vertical space. They are typically more affordable than building renovations and can adjust as your operations grow.
Mezzanine systems come in three options:
- Rack Supported
- Shelving Supported
- Free Standing
Read below to learn how a mezzanine system works, key features, advantages, and if it's right for your operation.
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How It Works
Mezzanines can be designed to meet specific framing options, safety codes, access point requirements, flooring types, and product loading and unloading operations. Additionally, a mezzanine design takes into account all possible load requirements including dead loads (anything permanent on the mezzanine) and live loads (pallet jacks, people standing and walking, etc.). There is a mezzanine system that can virtually fit any operation type.
Mezzanine System Types
There are several mezzanine options to consider. A REB material handling specialist can assess your operation and let you know which option(s) are best for you.
Rack Supported Mezzanine
This style provides additional storage areas above or between pallet racks. Also known as catwalks. Allows for multiple loading and unloading locations of pallets simultaneously within racking systems.
Shelving Supported Mezzanine
This is an ideal option for expanding storage of smaller items above shelving. The shelving serves as a base for the mezzanine. It is an economical way to expand existing space, but least flexible for reconfiguration.
Free Standing Mezzanines
Also known as a structural mezzanine, free standing mezzanine allows for maximum use of floor and mezzanine level space. It provides easy assembly and disassembly and the wide-span design allows traffic flow under platform. It is ideal for parts and product storage as well as conveyor support.
Mezzanine systems have many useful features. There are also elements that can be added to better suit your operation.
Additional products can be integrated into a mezzanine system for transportation and safety of employees and products. These can include:
- Staircases: Numerous models and options available including number of rails, angles, risers, tread, and step width.
- Ladders: Ladders are designed for safe travel throughout the mezzanine.
- Handrails: Handrails are designed to keep employees safe.
- Flooring: Choose from resin board, corrugated decking, bar grating, open steel planking, and concrete.
- Conveyors: To help product move efficiently to and from the mezzanine level.
- Modular Office: Integrating a self-standing mezzanine with a modular office and fixed windows can create additional production space on the ground floor while overseeing the warehouse operations from above.
- Gates: We can incorporate gates into your mezzanine to expedite proper material handling. Options include single swing gate, double swing gate, sliding gate, lift-out safety gate, and safety pivot gate.
Additionally, it should be considered that mezzanine systems will require lighting and in-rack sprinklers.
Is a Mezzanine System Right For Your Operation?
Mezzanine systems can be used for a number of applications from retail, food and beverage, along with many others. Consider these qualities to understand if a mezzanine system will benefit your operation.
Employee Area: Mezzanines can provide an area within the warehouse for employees to reside to while staying within the warehouse
Product Storage and Distribution: Mezzanines can help improve storage and distribution capabilities within a warehouse. They allow for more organization and an increased storage space.
View Point: Mezzanines can also act as the perfect vantage point to ensure warehouse safety and efficiency.
Expanded footprint: It can be costly to move operations along with having employees adjust their commute. By adding a mezzanine system to the current location, it allows the business to keep local customers and cuts the cost of construction down. For larger distribution centers, mezzanines can be added with more than one level to really maximize the available space.
A mezzanine system offers many important advantages to a distribution center’s operation, including:
- High selectivity: Can be accessed by multiple employees at once. This can often eliminate ‘downtime’ during the picking process.
- High density: Utilizes the full vertical storage space of your facility.
- High throughput: A mezzanine system can be integrated with conveyors
- Reduces lift equipment costs: Lift equipment is often not needed, or not needed to the extent of an operation using a one-level rack system.
- Highly customizable: Mezzanines have a variety of optional add-on components available to help it better fit the system to any warehouse's requirements.
Your Next Steps for a Mezzanine System
Whether your next step is to gather more information or request a quote, consider REB Storage Systems. REB is a highly experienced systems integrator, in business since 1962. REB has 17 in-house project managers and engineers, all highly experienced in the material handling industry. These people know this industry inside and out.
REB is highly knowledgeable and experienced in designing, engineering, and installing mezzanine systems and will make sure your system is the best fit for your space. We work with you to provide a turnkey system. From engineering, design, products procurement, subcontractor management, install, and permitting support, REB handles it all for you.
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.