The particularity of the agricultural sector is that for storage and preservation purposes it must adapt to the specific rules and characteristics of each type of product, crop and area, as each one requires very different procedures to maintain its correct quality.
Agricultural products are perishable or semi-perishable products so their storage conditions are special. Furthermore, being a sector that is essentially seasonal, the storage phase from production to subsequent distribution is a key phase in its supply chain.
At AR Racking we design, produce and install industrial storage systems adapted to each agricultural product characteristic, ensuring the correct safety and maintenance of the goods.
Storage systems for the agricultural sector
Stock rotation: priority
Since the goods are perishable or semi-perishable, one of the main characteristics to be met by storage systems for agricultural companies must be correct stock rotation, so the goods do not become obsolete or expire in the warehouse. To ensure correct rotation of stored products, the FIFO “First in, first out” principle is usually followed.
Cold and freezing storage
Moreover, depending on the type of product, industrial racking may have to be installed inside freezing chambers or controlled temperature and humidity rooms.
In other cases, the goods can be kept in adjustable pallet racking warehouses without special environmental conditions, and even in outdoor warehouses, taking advantage of sunlight for proper preservation of the goods.
Compact storage systems
In cases where cold stores or freezing chambers are established, compact industrial racking will usually be installed, making it possible to reduce the total space to be cooled and therefore optimise costs and shorten the repayment period of the installation for the company.
Hygienic conditions of the warehouse
As with the storage of food and beverages, the area needs to be kept clean and disinfected to avoid contamination of the goods. Their storage and distribution require favourable and adapted conditions to ensure the good condition of the products.
Characteristics of the agricultural sector
Agriculture or the agricultural sector refers to activities related to the cultivation of land and the treatment of fertile soil for the production of mainly food products, but also for the extraction of other types of materials for non-food use, such as textiles.
The agricultural sector is one of the oldest sectors in history and is the predominant sector in many economies, generally in less developed countries. It is characterised by being originally a rudimentary activity, which also required the effort of the farmer and other workers most of the time.
It is currently a sector whose development is based on technology, reducing the need for human effort and improving its efficiency.
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Some common storage systems for the agricultural sector are:
Drive in Drive Through Racking
The AR Drive in compact storage system is an appropriate solution for the storage of homogeneous products with a large number of unit loads per reference, as is often the case with agricultural companies.
Live Storage Pallet Racking (FIFO)
The FIFO Live Pallet Racking system is a solution that allows very good stock rotation and optimises the possible space.
Mobile Pallet Racking (AR Mobile)
It is an optimum storage system for cold and freezing storage, due to the reduction in the total volume to be cooled, also maintaining direct access to each unit load.
AR Pallet Shuttle
It is a semi-automated compact pallet storage solution that uses motorised pallet shuttles that perform the movements inside the racking. It is designed for the storage of fast-moving items.
Adjustable Pallet Racking
Adjustable pallet racking is the most common storage solution. The system facilitates agile operations guaranteeing timely delivery in optimum conditions to customers, offering direct and immediate access to the goods.