Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Create a Modular Office Space in a Production Area

What to do when you have run out of office space and need to use an area on the production floor or in the warehouse?  Simple..... install a Starrco Modular Office System.  In this case, our customer in Whitsett, North Carolina wanted to have a controlled environment for a new quality control room.
The existing concrete block walled office area was not ideal for having a quality control room so we used an open space in the production area to install the modular building system.
This modular office system is a 3 wall system because we were able to use the existing concrete block wall as the fourth wall to save money and space.  The building is 12' x 20' x 12' x 8' high.  This office has 6 windows and one 3' wide swing door and there is provision for six 120 volt duplex receptacles and two combination phone / computer jack outlets.  We did not include a roof deck and drop ceiling on this system because the open top allows for the natural light and production floor light to filter in and also allows the overhead sprinkler system to work for this space as well.
The walls are constructed from 1/2" thick gypsum x 2" poly core x 1/2" thick gypsum vinyl covered walls for a total of 3" thick.  These walls have a Class A fire rating and also help with noise control from the production area.
This type of modular construction is fast easy and inexpensive to implement into your facility.  This modular office system was designed, shipped and installed in a matter of about 3 weeks.  The maintenance department handled the installation of this building in a matter of 4 hours one afternoon. Very easy way to create modular office space in a production area.
I can help you with this product and many others at www.pstrouth.com and www.heavy-dutycaster.com and www.cmh-inc.com
Starrco can be found at www.starrco.com
We can do double deck office systems, clean room offices, conference rooms and any other applications you may need.
Typical Office Specs
1. Floor Track      2. Corner Post      3. Wall Panel      4. Lower Window      5. Window      6. Upper Window Panel       7. Wall Stud      8. Steel Door Frame       9. Ceiling Track      10. Door      11. Header Stud      12. Header      13. Grid Ceiling      14. Dust Cover

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Using Wide Span Racking for Case Goods Storage

Wide Span Racking System
We recently purchased a large amount of used pallet rack at a local customer in High Point, NC.  They had to move all of the rack out of their warehouse to make room for a new tenant.  Mid Middleton and I went to survey the rack and made an offer to purchase the rack and was approved.  Then we set up the take down with our partner LaRoque Installations.  They promptly took the rack down and palletized and banded the rack.  Then P Strouth hauled the used rack to the CMH main warehouse and the CMH offsite warehouse.
The teardrop style pallet rack sold quickly.  We also purchased a decent amount of wide span racking.  Wide span racking is constructed very much like pallet rack but is lighter duty.  In this instance we purchased some Frick Gallagher racking.  They are no longer making the wide span but it is still in very good condition.  This wide span has 8' high x 48" deep uprights.  The beams are 8' long.  We have 1" x 1" angle that sets in the steps of the beams.  These beams probably carry about 2,500# capacity per pair with a uniformly distributed load.  The beams are a 3" face.  Our customer purchased their own 1/2" thick osb board as the decking material.  A standard 4' x 8' sheet fits perfectly on the beams and in between the uprights.  For this customer we installed some sections with 4 shelf levels and other sections with two or three shelf levels depending on their product being stored.
This project was shipped and installed by our guys in a matter of 2 hours.  A total of 12 sections to increase their storage capacity.
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Or on my website at www.pstrouth.com

Sunday, June 8, 2014



Many trailers are brought to the warehouse now loaded full to the brim.  The product is not on pallets in order to save space and maximize the amount of product on the trailer.  Once the truck arrives to the warehouse it must be unloaded as quickly and efficiently as possible.  The warehouse workers sometimes bring a pallet to the trailer or in the trailer and load directly onto the pallet, but the quickest and most effective way to unload the truck is to use a Mobile Conveyor System.  In this latest application we supplied our customer with heavy-duty gravity roller conveyor with casters.
This customer uses the 2.5" diameter gravity roller conveyor section that is 10' long x 27" between frame and 30" overall width.  We start this first section up at 46" top of roller elevation and declines about 2" to the other end.  We use three supports under this 10' section and use 6" x 2" phenolic swivel casters with top lock brakes and swivel locks (1,200# capacity).  The first section is heavier duty because this section of conveyor takes all the impact of the boxes being thrown and loaded onto the conveyor system.
The next six sections are 1.9" diameter gravity roller conveyor sections that are 10' long x 27" between frame and 30" overall width.  We use two supports on the 1.9" conveyors with knee braces to support the legs.  The conveyors are hooked together by a hook and rod at each end of the conveyor sections.  We use 4" x 2" phenolic swivel casters with top lock brakes and four position swivel locks (800# capacity).
Basically the impact section of conveyor is set at the end of the trailer and as they unload into the trailer the impact section goes into the trailer and the extra 10' sections are added as needed.  This way the corrugated boxes can flow down the conveyor line out of the trailer and into the warehouse where the product can be separated and palletized as needed until the trailer is unloaded.  This saves the employees time and has ergonomic features.
One key factor is the casters.  The sections of conveyor will roll over the dock boards and into the trailer so they need to be heavy-duty and able to take impact yet still be able to roll very easily.  The top lock brake installed on the casters allows the wheels to lock when the conveyor is being loaded.  Then easily unlocked by pushing the foot pedal on the caster.  We also put four position swivel locks on the casters to allow the operators to make the casters not swivel if wanted.  This makes it much easier to roll the conveyors in a straight line when needed.
We partner with Lewco Conveyors for the conveyor and we use casters assembled at Carolina Material Handling for the casters, wheels, top lock brakes, and four position swivel locks.  We bring the conveyor into CMH and install the casters to the conveyor and assemble the conveyor to the desired elevations.  Then P Strouth loads the conveyor already assembled and ready to use onto our 26' box truck and delivers to the customer to use.  This way the customer can use the heavy-duty gravity roller conveyor with casters and begin unloading trailers straight from the dock into the warehouse.
Call or email if I can help you with conveyor or casters.