How to increase warehouse production capacity with a mezzanine
When demand is high and your sales figures are growing, your warehouse’s production capacity and productivity can be put to the test. For some businesses, expansion is the only way to go. But why expand outwards when you can expand upwards into unused space? Here are a few reasons why installing a mezzanine can significantly enhance production capacity and some tips on what to consider before you give the green light to a mezzanine installation.
How can a mezzanine increase a warehouse’s production capacity?
=> Increase useable space
Warehouses often need more floor space, and that’s no bad thing. It’s a sign of high demand and business growth. However, there are significant challenges involved in relocating to a bigger unit. A mezzanine helps you access the untapped potential in your warehouse by expanding upwards into currently unused space. This can double the usable area in a warehouse in less than a week!
=> Improve layout
It’s not just the floorspace you can improve when installing a mezzanine. That extra room can help you rethink the entire layout of your warehouse, finding small efficiencies that compound over time into big improvements in productivity. A well-optimized warehouse reduces bottlenecks, minimises travel time, and streamlines operations, ultimately increasing production capacity.
=> Invest in equipment
Had your eye on a piece of machinery that could help you ramp up production but don’t have anywhere to put it? Lo and behold, a mezzanine is the answer! Whether it’s an extra machine to increase your production capacity or an automation system that will free up time for your employees to spend on more important tasks, the versatility of a warehouse mezzanine can easily make room for any new addition.
=> Hold more stock
A larger inventory can take the pressure off when sales are reaching their peak. This is particularly useful for businesses affected by seasonal demand. By utilising the vertical space with a mezzanine, warehouses can accommodate more stock, eliminating the need for off-site storage facilities. This accessibility to a larger inventory ensures smoother operations and prevents stock shortages.
What to consider when installing a warehouse mezzanine
=> Design and layout
When installing a mezzanine, it is essential to customise the design to suit the specific needs of the warehouse. This includes considering factors such as load capacity, access points, safety features and integration with existing systems. Thankfully, experts like Doity can help by conducting a free site survey for any company in the UK. A Doity-designed mezzanine maximises space utilisation and improves the layout of your warehouse for better functionality.
=> Installation cost
Evaluating the financial investment required for a mezzanine installation is crucial. Factors such as materials, labour and any necessary modifications or permits should be considered. However, mezzanines are generally considered one of the most cost-effective methods of increasing production capacity, and the long-term benefits and return on investment make it a sensible business decision for most.
=> Disruption during installation
When you’re trying to improve your production capacity, it might seem counterintuitive to start disrupting your workflow by having a mezzanine installed. However, the long-term benefit will easily outweigh the short-term disruption. Plus, if you work with Doity, you’ll benefit from our unique Revlok design that takes up to 50% less time to install than a traditional mezzanine.
Whether you’re based near us in the North West or you’re located further afield in England, Scotland or Wales, our team of experts can help you get it right when it comes to installing a mezzanine for a warehouse, office or retail unit. Contact Doity today and enquire about our free UK site survey.