Industrial mezzanines are raised platforms that are used by a wide variety of industrial companies to create extra space for many applications. All industrial operations are concerned with efficiency. Effective use of workspace contributes directly to operational efficiency, especially for supply and distribution companies that base their operations in warehouses.
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Applications of Industrial Mezzanines
When an industrial company’s operations consume the limits of their facilities’ capacity to accommodate them, that company is presented with four choices. In order to continue growth, the company can move to a larger premises, it can expand its current premises, it can accept indefinite stagnation, or it can invest in industrial mezzanines.
Notable Types of Industrial Mezzanines
The two main types of mezzanine configurations are free-standing and structural. Free-standing mezzanines are the simpler of the two varieties. When a company has already established its operations and requires more space, free-standing mezzanines easily accommodate existing machinery, workspaces, and mobile equipment like forklifts and hi-lows. They consist of platforms, beams, and columns that can be spaced in a way that minimizes impedance of operations on warehouse or factory floors. If they must be moved or torn down after installation, many free-standing mezzanine designs can be easily disassembled or adjusted to make the addition of more platforms and supports possible. They can be designed to varying load-bearing specifications for use in applications ranging from light-duty storage to support for small office spaces.
Structural mezzanines are built into the structure of industrial facilities. They are less easily modified than free-standing models, though they have their own advantages. They can sometimes bear heavier loads than free-standing models and can sometimes even permanently accommodate light machinery. They can also be lined with electrical conduits and water pipes, allowing for easy maintenance. They are usually attached to walls, support beams, or other strong, structural load bearing components and are intended to be permanent.
Benefits of Using Industrial Mezzanines
Mezzanines effectively double the capacity of the spaces in which they are installed. They create extra storage space, they create spaces from which factory or warehouse floor operations can be observed, and they can even accommodate small offices. The tens of thousands of dollars that a company would spend on construction materials and labor costs, permits, taxes, and all other manner of expenses can be dramatically reduced by investing instead in a mezzanine system.