OPTIMIZATION OF SPACE – A COST EFFECTIVE APPROACH
It is a very well-known fact that in today’s world space on ground is becoming a rare commodity with heavy price attached to it and one must think of innovative way of utilizing vertical coordinates to explore the solutions demanding more space.
This concept has been deep rooted in the areas where availability of industrial space is at a premium & if you have length & breadth, you can always reinforce your footprints by adding height component into it.
Le us see some illustrations below
SHORE TANK CAPACITY INCREASE
All of us are aware that shore tanks for oil storage are designed & constructed to API 650 specifications & the factor of safety there is more than 1.5. Taking advantage of the same & reinforced by engineering calculations it has been used to add a shell to existing tanks to increase the storage capacity by 20 to 25 %. Please refer to the photograph below
VERTICAL DRUM STORAGE
All of us are aware that working capital management is a challenge & everybody in manufacturing sector wants to use JIT (Just in Time) concept for packaging material which facilitates an uninterrupted production & optimum utilization of the resources. Please have a look at the picture below for vertical storage design for drums. Basically, in the same ground area by simply using the height a ground plus two storage has been designed to cater to the speed of filling assets so that optimum productivity is achieved without any downtime on account of availability of drums. Entire solution is controlled by a drum filling operator without any other resource. All movements are controlled PLC driven software & designed to local conditions to withstand atmospheric conditions.
INNOVATIVE VERTICAL STORAGE
Can you imagine a vertical storage depicted in picture below as well as in the attached video demonstrates millions of labels, hundreds of file, thousands of engineering spares can be stored in such small space that it is recovering 92% floor space and increasing order fulfillment productivity by 460%. It can be linked to ERP system to eliminate errors, follow FIFO & very efficiently do inventory management with minimum human intervention & resources.
Warehousing companies are leaders in vertical space utilization by using reach trucks & VNA trucks to reach more than 11 meters of height where traditionally the height of the warehouse used to be 5.5 to 6 meters reached by normal forklifts.
As they say necessity is the mother of inventions & I have quoted a few examples I got a chance to implement in down stream oil & gas business.
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