Site Survey & Layout Design

Warehouse Solutions Inc. provides the best solution when designing a new storage system, upgrading or consolidating an existing one. We welcome the opportunity to survey your site to gather information about your business and operation. The following is just some of the information that is necessary:

  • Facility
  • Warehouse location (city and state)
  • Facility layout: AutoCAD Drawing (if available)
  • Location/information of all aspects of the building including:
  • Building columns or other obstructions (size & placement)
  • Floor (level, slab thickness & strength)
  • Lights
  • Fire sprinklers (type, density & height of)
  • HVAC ductwork
  • Dock Doors
  • Clear Height
  • Product/ Load Information
  • Dimensions: (width, depth, height)
  • Weight: Maximum/ Average per pallet or level
  • Pallet Information (type, number of bottom boards, wood/plastic, condition)
  • Product type: Bulk/raw material used in manufacturing/assembly or a finished product?
  • Number of pallet positions required
  • Product Movement

Chart Product Flow through the warehouse and associated requirements for each:

  • Receiving
  • Put away
  • Replenishment
  • Picking
  • Order consolidation
  • Packing
  • Shipping
  • Quality assurance
  • Returns
  • Pick operations:
  • Box or carton pick (open or full)
  • Frequency of pick
  • Number of pick items
  • Time sensitivity/order of use (First in/first out or first in/last out)
  • Future expansion plans
  • Details about the Fork truck(s)
  • Capabilities (lift height, lift capacity, turning radius)
  • Aisle requirement(s)
  • Layout Design

Once Warehouse Solutions Inc. has surveyed the site and gathered information on the physical space, the general operation, product flow, operational design goals and budget, we will work together to achieve an optimal layout. We consider different types of material handling systems based on your need and budget. We draw the design utilizing Computer-Aided Design (CAD). CAD enables us to easily develop alternative layouts for your warehouse and manufacturing operations in the course of the material handling planning and design. CAD has several advantages that make it more accurate and convenient than drawing by hand and relying on standard mathematical calculations. Additionally, CAD is accurate enough to produce drawings that can be used for the installation of rack and other equipment. Once you approve a design, we will specify storage and material handling equipment and provide either a budget or hard quote on the materials, installation, engineering and permitting labor.