In the chemical goods sector, there is a wide variety of products with different characteristics and risks. Therefore, chemical companies must keep their products in perfect condition and maximum safety throughout the entire supply chain, including the storage phase.
It is necessary to know firstly in detail what type of chemical is going to be stored, as well as the chemical compatibility of these products, so as to adapt the characteristics of the warehouse and the storage system.
At AR Racking, we have worked with chemical product warehouses, helping companies to resolve the challenge of storing and handling these types of goods safely.
Storage systems for the chemicals sector
Very special and delicate goods
The main determining factor of this sector is that the type of chemical to be stored will determine the appropriate storage system. Special attention must be paid to the chemical compatibility of the products, which will indicate the degree to which a chemical can have contact with another without causing corrosion or negative changes in its characteristics. These storage systems must comply with specific regulations and measures that differentiate them from other sectors.
Combination of various systems
The specific nature of chemical goods sometimes requires that the products are stored in separate areas far from one another, combining different storage systems to comply with regulations and provide the facility with the necessary safety.
Stock rotation: Important
Stock levels of chemicals must be kept as low as possible in the warehouse, since the danger increases significantly the more product that is stored in the same space. Therefore, to try to reduce the thermal and chemical load of the storage space, industrial racking systems should be installed that promote efficient product rotation, that allow each load unit to be stored for short periods of time and that increase the order frequency.
Greater compaction, greater risk
It must be remembered that with some chemicals the danger increases the greater the compaction of the storage. Therefore, in certain cases it is not recommended to install compact storage systems.
Characteristics of the chemicals sector
Consisting of chemical and pharmacochemical activities, it constitutes an essential sector for advanced economies. They are the set of economic activities and processes that convert raw materials by chemical means for transformation into products.
Types of chemicals
There are different types of chemicals, which are used to perform all types of tasks. Some have characteristics or components that are not very dangerous, but others can be really harmful to health if they are not handled properly. It is therefore vital to be extremely careful when using, treating, storing and distributing them.
Warehouse safety conditions must adhere to specific characteristics for chemicals in the design and construction of the warehouse, establishing safety distances, monitoring systems such as temperature and humidity, the containers and packaging to be used, the periodic reviews that each product requires, etc.
Recommended Industrial Racking:
Some common storage systems for the chemicals sector are:
Live Storage Pallet Racking (FIFO)
It is the best solution for companies from the chemicals sector that need to control product rotation and exploit the available space to the full.
Adjustable Pallet Racking
This is the most common storage system of them all. It adapts to all types of unit load, allows direct and immediate access to the goods and fully exploits the space.