If your business operates in the manufacturing, logistics or warehousing sectors, you may be interested in how our industrial fit out solutions will help you to achieve world-class status. Read on to discover what’s involved, how it works, and the benefits it will bring to your day-to-day operations.
The team here at Clarity specialises in the design and fit out of Lean and visual factories, which are created to facilitate peak levels of efficiency, safety, employee engagement and productivity. A warehouse fit out involves either planning how a new factory will be laid out from scratch or deciding how best to transform an existing industrial facility. The goal is to optimise the way the premises are used by optimising workflows and operational processes on every scale, from major considerations to the finer details that make a big difference.
We’ve made the warehouse fit out process very straightforward through the 3D process:
There are numerous considerations when planning an industrial fit out, each of which will benefit your business. Below are some of the main factors involved.
Space planning and design: This involves understanding your company’s requirements, assessing the available space, and creating a layout that optimises storage, workflow and accessibility. Design considerations include the arrangement of racking systems, workstations, storage areas, and traffic flow.
Infrastructure and utilities: Before moving forward with the fit out, it is essential to ensure that the warehouse has the necessary infrastructure and utilities in place. This may include electrical systems, lighting, heating, ventilation and plumbing, depending on the type of operation.
Storage solutions: Warehouse fit out involves selecting and installing appropriate storage solutions, such as pallet racking, shelving systems, mezzanine floors, and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS). The goal is to maximise vertical space and efficiently store goods and inventory.
Material handling equipment: An industrial fit out includes the selection and installation of material handling equipment, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, conveyor systems, cranes and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), to streamline the movement of goods within the warehouse.
Safety measures: Safety is paramount in a warehouse environment. The fit out includes the implementation of safety measures, such as safety barriers, guardrails, fire protection systems, emergency exits and proper signage.
Office and administrative areas: Many warehouses have dedicated office spaces for administrative tasks and management. The fit out may involve creating office areas, meeting rooms, break rooms and restroom facilities.
Technology integration: Warehouse fit outs often involve integrating technology solutions to improve efficiency and accuracy. This may include warehouse management systems (WMS), inventory tracking software, barcode scanners, and data communication infrastructure.
Compliance and regulations: The fit out must comply with local building codes, national safety regulations and any industry-specific requirements. This ensures that the warehouse operation meets legal standards and avoids potential issues in the future.
Environmental considerations: Sustainable and environmentally friendly practices can be incorporated into the fit out, such as energy-efficient lighting, eco-friendly materials, and waste management systems.
Testing and commissioning: After the fit out is completed, the warehouse undergoes testing and commissioning to ensure that all systems and equipment are functioning as intended. This includes operational tests, safety checks and staff training.
Continuous improvement: A warehouse fit out is not a one-time project but an ongoing process of continuous improvement. Regular assessments and feedback from warehouse staff can lead to further optimisations and enhancements to improve warehouse efficiency over time.
Safety barriers are a key consideration during a factory fit out, as they’re designed to protect products, people, equipment and vehicles. Safety barriers are traditionally made from metal, but this can result in damage simply being reduced rather than prevented, plus the driver of a vehicle can still succumb to injury. That’s why we supply and install polymer safety barriers that flex upon collision and absorb the kinetic energy, preventing it from being transferred to the vehicle operator. Thanks to the safety barrier having some flexibility, it quickly returns to its original shape as opposed to taking on ugly dents and sharp edges that often occur with metal barriers. This system can be shaped around your exact requirements and is perfect for warehouses, production areas, workshops and car parks.
Floor markings have been through many formats over the years, from paint and tape to stickers that quickly become dirty and difficult to read. We have a far more effective alternative, which is our innovative and highly adaptable projected floor marking solutions. This LED system projects customised floor markings and signage directly onto the ground, ensuring peak visibility in all kinds of industrial environments.
As well as maximising safety through visual communication, projected floor markings can also be paused, changed and moved very easily as many times as required, resulting in a responsive, cost-effective and sustainable safety system. What’s more, the system has integrated sensors, allowing the floor markings to instantly respond to vehicles and foot traffic.
Ask us about Lean and visual factory fit outs
If you’re ready to create a truly Lean and visual factory that has safety at its very core, contact our team on +44 (0)1482 296451 or fill in our contact form to book your free industrial fit out initial consultation.
Get in touch and speak with a Visual Management Specialist to answer any questions you may have on our products, consultancy or business.
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