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Material storage ideas6/14
I am looking for some ideas for material storage? Mostly need ideas for sheet goods, I have no more space for pallet racking. I live where the weather is quite inclement, cold and snowy in winter, lots of rain in June. I tried a tent type shelter, but it was like rain inside when the conditions were cold and then the sun would shine on it. The other options I was considering were a sea container out doors, but they are not a great shape for loading and unloading material, I did see one with side doors, but it was very expensive. I was thinking of maybe getting something custom made so you could store material above the cnc or maybe some other equipment.
What about a used semi trailer.
You do not tell us what you make, or the what the materials are you are trying to store. So only generalized answers will be offered.
I will caution that you store the materials in the same environment they are to be worked. That is, same temperature and same relative humidity. If not, you will see sheet goods like p lam creep on particle core if coming from two different environments.
Give me a day, and 10K, and I'll get you more room than you thought you could get.
Find a sheet goods supplier that delivers once a week. Surely you have room to store a weeks supply of sheet goods. Storing valuable materials in a tent or sea container is not a well thought out plan.
Thanks for the info,
By all means, get your vendors to deliver when you need it, not when they want to bill you for it.
In my house, I have a 6 month rule. If it has sat, unused for 6 months, then it must be justified to keep.
I am not that ruthless in the shop, thinking I'll find a use for that, but then I never do. It gets lost in the noise of all the other things I'll find a use for.
At any given time, I could easily toss 10% of what I have stored. I think I'll do it this weekend. I always feel better after, but I hate to see 'waste'.
The waste is upstream from where you are looking.
Paul Akers goes on endlessly about this
Jon Elvrum used to ask how much does that board cost you when you calculate how many times you moved it to get it out of your way or how much the space it occupies costs you.
Throw it away
The main sheet good supplier we use delivers Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They are about 2.5 hours away. All of the other suppliers that we use deliver next day with no minimum order.
I got a high cube shipping container delivered 40’ long.
Plasma cut a big hole in the side of the shipping container and installed a roll up steel door, like the type on a storage unit.
The tool up doors are 9’ wide and can stack 8’ tall inside.
With three more doors I can have 4 stacks 7 - 8 feet high.
All in I have invested less than 3500.00 and can store a ton of sheet goods now.
I will post a pic tomorrow.
Inventory is waste. People think they are saving money buy buying larger qty to save a few bucks. The customer doesn’t care how much you have, how many times you moved it, what you stored it in. Let your vendor store it for you and bring it when you need it. Our lead time me is 3 to 6 weeks and we can get sheet goods in 2 days max, hardware from Hafele and other suppliers in 1-2 days, doors in 7-10 days, laminate tops in 7-10 days. Why store it? Keep your space available for value added process and money in your pocket. When your done with it make a decision and have a plan for use or get rid of it
I’m going to disagree for several reasons on not keeping inventory onsite. First, the world has changed and supply chains are breaking down. Having a couple months of supplies on hand allowed us to keep working amid lockdowns recently as an example. Yes, most of our lumber and sheet goods are made in the USA but you are assuming trucks will still be running. We’ve also seen instances of almost every type of hardware being back ordered. Talk to some ship captains, or higher ups in box store inventory management, supply chains are at their breaking points.
Lastly, taking shipments takes time. Time to unload, time paying and keeping track of invoices. If you have storage area time can be saved keeping inventory if you are organized.