Mezzanine floor Installations

The benefits of mezzanine flooring

When you are running a warehouse or office, you will want to be able to get the most out of it that you possibly can, because it is vital that you have the chance to improve productivity and increase profits at every opportunity. With this in mind, you may have thought about what mezzanine flooring could bring to your company. If this is indeed a consideration, then you might be interested in hearing about what some of the benefits of this type of flooring may be. We have put together a list for you, which will help you to decide whether it would be the right choice for you.

Give yourself some added space

In a world where you probably pay for your warehouse space per square metre of floor space, it is vital that you can make the most of every single metre that you are paying for. The majority of warehouses are quite tall, and this means that if you are just working on one level, you might be missing out on using a lot of the space. Instead of buying a bigger warehouse, you can just add space to the one you have by having a mezzanine floor put in. This will increase your space a lot, and will give you the chance to enjoy making the most of this space.

There is no need to move

If you don’t feel as though the warehouse you are in at the moment is good enough for your needs, then you may consider moving. If this is true, then you will no doubt be dreading just how much it can take to move in this way, and therefore mezzanine flooring might be the answer. This gives you a much better chance of being able to shape your warehouse into exactly the kind of space that you need, and it is much better than having to move completely. This could save you a lot of effort, so it would be more than worth it.

An easy way to keep an eye on safety

There is a lot that has to be done within any kind of warehouse environment, and with this being the case you need to make sure that there is somewhere that you can go to oversee everything that is happening. Sometimes, sitting in a room with a selection of cameras is a good idea, but at other times it can be good to be able to sit higher, above everyone else who is working below you. A mezzanine floor can be a great option for you in this respect, as it gives you an excellent view of everything that is going on, and this should improve your safety a lot.

It is a cheaper option than many others

No matter what kind of business you might be involved in, one of the things that you will be thinking the most about is how you can cut back on the amount of money that you have to spend. This means that if you know that you need more space, you can avoid having to build costly extensions on your property, as a mezzanine floor is a much more affordable option for you.

No matter why you decide that having a mezzanine floor is the best choice for you, there is no doubt that there are a number of benefits. A mezzanine floor would really give you the chance to make the most of the warehouse space that you already have, and this is sure to mean positive things for your business in the future, so it should be a thing that you consider.

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Warehouse Automation Services

Automated Conveyor System

The challenge of moving products efficiently within a warehouse facility is a constant source of concern for managers and supervisors. In years past, the transportation of goods occurred via hand, or were combined with carts for orders of a higher volume. In some businesses this can still prove to be the case. The use of conveyor belt systems increased speed but produced their own issues, which means a sturdier, more efficient method had to be introduced to maintain throughput.

Automated conveyor systems are a fast and easy solution that allows for the quick relocation of goods and products within a large, or small facility. They are ideal for handling an assortment of items, especially those that are bulkier in size. This is a prime reason why a growing number of companies are installing automated conveyor systems, allowing them to not only increase efficiency within the warehouse supply chain, but improve employee working conditions.

What to consider before purchasing

Before selecting the automated conveyor you want to install you should primarily base your decision on the type of product that will moved along it. This includes the basics such as the dimensions, which will determine the width of the conveyor and the weight. Also consider the amount of items and the rate at which they will pass along the conveyor, and the product type to match up with the type of system you purchase.

Belt Conveyors

Their make-up is incredibly straight forward and yet the benefits they yield are priceless. Quite simply a belt sits atop a smooth metal bed or rollers. For longer distances rollers are the preferred option as they help to minimise any friction created. Their flexibility in shape also means they are not required to be just one, long straight line. Concentric belts used on corners will allow the products and items to manoeuvre round bends without creating issues.

Gravity Conveyor

This non-powered option is often implemented for use in the off-loading of goods into the warehouse, sorting of packages and in manufacturing assembly zones. This is usually the cheapest type of conveyor and that is reflected in the lower amount of control it allows over products.

Powered roller conveyors

There are three main types that fall under this category; zero pressure, live roller and minimum pressure conveyors. The liver roller is best suited for light-to-medium weight loads and often used for package handling. Minimum pressure can handle a similar weight load and can accommodate short lines of product accumulation. Zero pressure conveyors are able to handle products that vary in weight and width. Some are used for sorting, kitting, packaging, or installed into shipping and despatch zones. Picking areas also prefer to use this type of conveyor, as do palletising zones, as this style responds well to high throughput.

Pallet conveyors

To move loads that are particularly heavy in weight there are two options; either a roller pallet conveyor or a drag chain. The former can bear heavier loads and typically finds use in pack out areas and accumulation zones. Drag chain pallet conveyors can be utilised in warehouses that require exposure to very low, or high temperatures. As such, it is a specialised system relied upon for specific types of pallet set-ups.

Other types

Overhead conveyors are perhaps one of the oldest types of system, although due to their reliability, still prove to be very popular. For finishing lines, rubbish removal or food packing they are an ideal option. Table top chain conveyors are usually put to work in accumulation, labelling and package handling, while magnetic slide conveyors perform best with the transportation of small parts.

Give our design team a call on 01937 58505  if you want a free site survey and expert advice to create the ultimate warehouse facility.



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Warehouse Layouts

Warehouse Layouts and Pallet Racking Design

A1 Rack AWhen designing a warehouse or manufacturing space there is always a requirement for storage equipment usually some form of pallet racking.

Of course once the facility is up and running it is more challenging to make changes, so getting the design correct from the start is important. With that said in some situations it can be beneficial to stage a project if you are unsure how some work flows or processes will develop.

The first thing to consider is what you are going to store it could be six thousand identical pallets or fifty different items but the basic design principles are the same. Just like the old saying a place for everything and everything in its place!

The next thing to consider is access how often will we need to access which items, for some businesses they may need instance access to thousands of items others will be able to archive most of their stored inventory. The most efficient space storage is to block stack everything into a neat pile with no gaps but of course if you need the item at the back at the bottom it means moving everything.

So we work backwards from this for palletised goods the next highest density storage system is drive in pallet racking. This is not suitable if you need access to every pallet so then a narrow aisle APR system offers the next best density.

There are a number of issues to consider building size, fire doors, fork lift truck specification etc. The best way forward is often to get a basic design and then ask a professional storage equipment and warehouse design team to look at your basic design and come up with other ideas.

This allows you to start to understand the design process as the information you will provide on the needs of your business makes you the most important member of the design team for your warehouse layouts and pallet racking design.

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Cracking racking results for 2014

To add to the excellent results for the first six months 2014 (announced in June this year) 2h Storage Solutions Ltd has achieved record breaking results for the second six months of 2014 making the eleventh anniversary of the company even more of a landmark year.

The results have been achieved through a mixture of new and existing clients to add to the already enviable client portfolio. This can be attributed to the company’s excellent reputation within the industry for the no-nonsense and practical approach to projects from an experienced and highly expert team who have worked together for a number of years.

The projects include design, specification, install and integration of Warehouse Storage Systems ranging from semi automated conveyor systems to heavy duty pallet racking systems, mobile shelving and multilevel mezzanine floors across a range of industry sectors.

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Moving pallet racking

Many businesses relocate and need to moving pallet racking services, we offer a full range of services to make this simple and hassle free.


We can take a full inventory of your existing pallet racking checking quantities and condition to make sure you are not moving waste materials. We also design and draw out your new warehouse layout so you can see just what you will end up with and how it will work for you. We look at the eve and ridge heights your fork lift trucks specifications and limitations and design the most cost effective solution for your new building and storage needs. We will take down transport and rebuild so you can concentrate on making the rest of your move run smoothly.


We can supply additional racking both new and used equipment and offer lease purchase options subject to status. We can increase and reduce the height of your pallet racking and give you the best layouts for your new building using your racking. We also buy and sell used pallet racking and it can sometime be more cost effective to sell your old pallet racking and let us supply new or used on a lease or hire purchase option.
So if you want to make the most of this one off opportunity to give you the best pallet racking layouts call one of our design team today on 01765 640160.

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WTG – Warehouse Operations and return on investment

2h Storage are delighted to be attending the latest WTG – Warehouse Operations and return on investment event, which provides an ideal opportinity to mix with like minded people and work in partnership to develop businesses innovative approaches to best practice procedures.


A must attend event for logistics professionals.


The Warehouse Technology Group examines how to maximise your return on investment


Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Logistics Research and Innovation Centre
Mantra Learning, Greengate, Middleton, Manchester M24 1RU


In tough economic times all businesses are striving for extra efficiency in order to maintain profitability. But in the highly competitive, results-driven logistics industry such efficiency has long been a necessity. Yet within less cash to spare the need to cost justify investment in business improvement has never been stronger.
Knowing which piece of kit you need in order to improve your warehouse operation is one thing, but your ability to demonstrate its return on investment could be the deciding factor in whether or not it becomes a reality.

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Redirack goes into Administration

89 Redirack Employees Lose Jobs as UK Manufacturer Goes Into Administration

2h Storage Solutions were today saddened to learn that Redirack, the UK racking and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire has entered administration with 89 employees losing their jobs.

Redirack, formerly part of the Constructor Dexion Group, have been a UK manufacturer of pallet racking since 1974 and became independent in 2003.
Redigroup Chairman Phil Culling told customers: “Apologies to those we have let down and thanks for those who have supported us over the years. The work to re-build this great brand and emerge again has started, so hopefully we will be back.”

Our thoughts are with those who have lost their jobs. For those requiring more information please contact David Baillie of PwC who has been appointed as the administrator. Tel: 028 9041 5864 or

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PSS pallet racking Yorkshire

PSS pallet racking design, supply & installation

Are you looking for PSS pallet racking design, supply & installation?  We can supply both new and used PSS planned storage systems pallet racking in Yorkshire or the North of England. We supply pallet racking from all the major manufactures and help you with all the associated pallet racking services. We offer a full pallet racking layout and design service offering a FREE of CHARGE site measure and survey with drawings available at no charge. Our business is run on repeat and referral business we do not advertise anywhere but rely on our enviable reputation for pallet racking services and competitive pricing.


We offer a full warehouse fit out service providing pallet racking, mezzanine floors, office and mesh partitioning and a wide range of associated warehouse products. Do you need practical and easy to understand and implement pallet racking safety advice? We don’t just offer warehouse pallet racking safety inspections but also run bespoke pallet racking safety courses for your staff to help them be safe and protect your warehouse equipment. We also supply and install a wide range of pallet racking protection from ballistic grade polymer upright guards to rack end barriers and pallet racking rack end load notices.


So whatever type of pallet racking you have or need call our pallet racking experts here in Yorkshire

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Pallet racking design element considerations

When designing pallet racking there are many pallet racking design element considerations some of the most important are listed below. This is before aisle widths, transfer aisles or pallet turning and pallet retrieval clearances are considered. This shows the importance of selecting a competent and experienced pallet racking supplier and pallet racking installers.



  • Pallet racking beam length


Selecting the correct pallet racking beam length is important not just to give you the correct space to store pallets but also to allow for the recommended clearances. Considering the pallet racking run and building length alongside pallet weights and pick rates will help you select the correct beam length. Pallets are usually stored two to a bay level in 2700mm clear entry beams but there are many variants that can work far better in many cases. If you want to reduce the number of frames and therefor the cost of your pallet racking you may wish to store three pallets per beam level. However this does not always offer the best solution particularly if the pallets are heavy.



  • Pallet racking beam loads


In short as discussed above the weight of the pallets of objects stored on the pallet racking beams is the beam loadings. These are not to be confused with the bay loadings for more technical details call our pallet racking design team.



  • Pallet racking beam types


There are many types of pallet racking beams with most manufactures offering several types of very similar beams offering different loading and cost options. The main two types or pallet racking beams are open section and closed or box beams generally these boxbeams will offer a higher beam load than an open beam of the same size. However this is not always the case so if in any doubt check these details with an expert.



  • Pallet racking beam pitch


Put simply this is the gap in between the pallet racking beam levels in the height up the bay this is measured from the top of one beam to the top of the next beam. Beam types and the beam pitches that are available in different pallet racking systems varies so ultimately one manufactures specifications may not be the most suitable for your pallet sizes. An example of this would be a system that uses deep beams it could mean the difference between being able to get a further beam level and ultimately several hundred more pallet positions in a building.



  • First beam level


This is the measurement from the ground to the first beam and can be absolutely critical when working out the loadings that a pallet racking system will take. So if you increase the level to the first beam you could find you are overloading the pallet racking system.



  • Pallet racking frame height


This is the height of the pallet racking frames this does not mean that it has to be the height up to the top of the top pallets so again savings could be made.



  • Pallet racking frame depth


This is the depth of the frame or overall fronts to back measurement most commonly 900mm or 11000mm although there are many variants that can affect this.



  • Pallet racking frame load


This is the loadings that the pallet racking frame can take and is used to calculate the safe working bay load. One of the key considerations is the upright duty which again varies between manufactures and their various products. Most commonly standard duty medium duty heavy duty and extra heavy duty.



  • Pallet racking foot plate type


Pallet racking foot plates vary in loading ratings, design and costs with certain types giving better bay loadings and certain types working with different forklift trucks and warehouse systems.
If you require any further information on pallet racking call our pallet racking design team.

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Altering pallet racking

Altering pallet racking through racking design to increase pick and pallet positions

Often when contracts change or you inherit a warehouse or pallet racking the current layout is not the most efficient or best suited to your picking, size or volumes of product.

There are many options to increase the number of pallets or pallet racking bays with the correct pallet racking survey, product knowledge and a good site team. One of the first things to look at is the beam pitches this is the measurement between beams in the vertical direction up the racking bays. The number of levels and therefor pallet positions being stored can be increased if the beam pitches are reduced so an additional level can be added.

Changing the orientation of the racking from north to south to east to west or vice versa may increase the number of pallet positions achieved depending on the buildings layout and the type and size of pallets. One of the best ways to increase the number of pallet positions stored in a warehouse is by reducing the aisle widths. The increasing use of articulated fork lift trucks is allowing aisles to be dramatically reduced while still using a single type of truck to unload wagons and replenish pallet racking.

Ultimately you need to get a full building pallet racking survey and drawings produced, here at 2h Storage we can do this for you FREE of CHARGE so for all your pallet racking advice and design call our team here in Yorkshire.

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