The only constant is change.
We've all heard this many times and it is particularly true of business. The speed and ability of businesses to change can often set them apart and open up new opportunities.
We uncover five reasons why warehouses are choosing semi-permanent warehouse partitioning walls in their facilities.
1. They are renting
There's nothing worse than spending your hard earned profits on someone else's property, only to leave it all behind when you need to move out. For warehouses that are rented as just a large 'shell' in order to cater for a range of services, be it storage or production, they often come with their own set of problems - zoning the space.
When the warehouse is not owned by you or you have to 'make good' at the end of the tenancy and leave it as you found it, a cost effective zoning walls solution can be tricky to find. Semi-Permanent Partitioning provides a cost-effective solution, giving you the separation that you need without the heavy cost of more permanent walls. And... you can take down the wall when you move and take it with you.
Flexwall has been designed as a fast and efficient means of dividing factories to:
- Shield areas from dust
- Mezzanine zoning: creating bespoke zones to make use of unique areas without having to install a permanent wall
- To contain building or construction work - especially to contain dust and noise from other areas of your facility while you carry on with production
- Enclosing hazardous work areas
- Prevention of hazardous splashing/overspray from one zone to another
- Prevention of pests, including birds
- Reduction of cross contamination
- Segregation of packing and delivery areas
- General factory / workshop zoning
- Temporary containment of building works - specifically for dust and noise
- Temporary containment of warehouse zones yet allowing natural light into the area.
2. On-site Flexibility / Expansion Options
Do you have seasonal production lines? Do you have different areas of your warehouse catering for different product lines which need to be segregated, such as:
- Gluten free food
- Nut free products
- Haalal products
- Dairy free food and beverages
- Vegan food
In the instance of of gluten and nut-free products, unless there is a gluten/nut-free dedicated processing plant, the actual manufacturing process takes more time and effort and money. If you are in the gluten-free market, your warehouse should develop, document and implement strict procedures for controlling specialist food in your production and storage facilities. Gluten products must be segregated from gluten-free products. This can be achieved by Flexwall Dividers / Dividing screens.
Having dedicated equipment and areas to use across different allergen/gluten groups is a strategy many storage and production facilities employ. This is beneficial because it means you do not need a rigorous cleaning procedure each time you change product. If you cannot justify having dedicated equipment or segmented warehouse try instead to do your runs on each product in the largest batches possible. This will reduce the number of times you need to heavily clean and sterilise your equipment. Remember that each consumer has a different sensitivity to their food intolerance/allergy, so it is vital to always cater for the most sensitive consumer.
3. Unpredictable Future Requirements / Commitments
Commonsense Organics managing director Marion Wood says that consumer demand for their products has definitely risen. “We’ve seen a huge increase over the last 10, 20 years,” she says. “The range is growing all the time. As the range grows and the market grows, prices will drop.” She says price drops are a gradual thing, but that we should not expect much considering the nature of the market. “Because it’s a minority market it’s more expensive.” She says the manufacturing process for gluten-free products is more complicated than consumers think. The basic food crops are inexpensive, but the process in making those specialised products creates those costs. [source]
The ability for specialized food manufacturers (or any manufactured product) to cater for demand, even when it unexpectedly changes, and be able to take on new product lines or produce multiple product lines in one facility can be very valuable in the long run. Flexwall can be installed to almost any structure, irrespective of size.
Semi-permanent walls are cost effective due to their quick turnaround, easy installation and the installation process means that the downtime needed for installation is reduced. No messy building works and construction or drying time needed for concrete / plastering / paint to dry and when you want to change your warehouse layout - semi-permanent partitioning can be adjusted and moved with you.
5. Natural Lighting
The fire rated, flexible material used for semi-permanent zoning is semi-translucent in nature, therefore allowing natural light into your segregated areas. No more dark, cold processing zones in your warehouse! Also, the more natural light you allow through to processing zones, potentially less energy required to electrically light the area. Especially useful in large areas with minimal external windows.
As mentioned previously, strongly consider having dedicated zones for allergen/gluten containing products. With doors becoming increasingly rapid, it is possible to have areas sealed from each other for all but the few seconds it takes for a person to pass through the door. Advances in rapid roll door technology also incorporate self-repairing features, so, in the event of collision, the door can be fixed in the minimum time possible, ensuring that your warehouse maintains its allergen barriers.
Flexwall factory and warehouse dividers can be rapidly deployed to accommodate changes in production lines, and can be fixed to almost any structure, as a durable and attractive temporary wall, or hoarding, fitted around protrusions such as service pipes and ducting and any type of door can be incorporated as required. From the industry leading, ultra smart Remax Movidor High Speed Doors, Fire Exits through to a simple PVC strip curtain and everything in between, Remax can provide a door solution that incorporates seamlessly with your Flexwall project.
Hopefully this blog helped you think about whether your warehouse is meeting your requirements. If you would like a more comprehensive guide to contamination prevention in food manufacturing please click on the link below to download our free ebook.