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Metal Shelving Capacity vs. Thickness

February 10, 2009  |  Comments

With the current economy hitting businesses hard, companies of all sizes are tightening their belts and looking to save money anywhere they can. One way material handling companies can save money is by ordering metal shelving with a higher capacity rather than thickness says A Plus Warehouse, a leading nationwide dealer of material handling equipment.

"When it comes to metal shelving, many dealers obsess over steel gauge, but we suggest looking into shelf capacity rather than shelf thickness," said Ed Stairman, president of A Plus Warehouse. "A considerable amount of money can be saved by ordering a lighter shelf with additional welded bends, which increases capacity."

Open type metal shelving is the basic and most economical shelving design for general purpose use. Backs and sides are open with the exception of side and rear stability braces. There are additional components to consider when ordering storage shelving however. A Plus Warehouse sells ledge tops, counter tops, counter fronts, base strips, label holders, bin fronts, sliding doors and footplates. Adding a swinging door to an industrial shelf unit produces a perfectly fine warehouse storage cabinet.

"It usually makes sense to order plastic bins and other storage containers too. After all, when you use storage racks, you are storing actual equipment and supplies," said Stairman. "Virtually every company needs shelving, and A Plus Warehouse has been your number one source for over 10 years."

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