Colour-coding on beams and uprights
Scanning the first crossbeam
Are pallets often put away anywhere but into their assigned places? Do your operators spend a lot of time searching for goods and having to fix order picking errors? If that’s the case, your warehouse operations will benefit from using colour-coded labels on your crossbeams. The human brain detects colours more easily and quickly than it does the written word. By using colour-coded rack labels your operators are trained to recognise colours instead of having to actually read the information on the labels.
By colour coding your rack labels each single location is linked to a specific colour, which reduces the time it takes your forklift drivers to find the right location. They simply scan the barcode on the first crossbeam and using simple colour recognition, they put away the pallet at the right location. This coding system will reduce unnecessary strain, keep your operators alert as the day progresses and in turn less prone to making mistakes.
Combining bulk storage and picking areas
Are your primary picking locations replenished from bulk storage locations that are located directly above in the same pallet rack? Even then, you can still utilise colour-coding on your crossbeams to distinguish between the different locations. Our production team will design single-colour labels for the first beam to identify ground locations and picking locations at eye level. The multi-colour labels with corresponding level colours can then be placed on the higher-located beams, thereby maintaining a good and clear overview of your location numbering both for your operators and within your warehouse software.
VNA and stock count
If your daily operations include the use of man-up trucks, colour-coded labels are the way to go. Our label designers will add a custom barcode (1D or 2D) to your colour-coded level labels which is directly linked to your warehouse software. This same code also comes in handy when it’s time for the annual stock count.
If your warehouse design has incorporated rack tunnels, or cross aisles, into the layout of your rack system, we will design custom labels for placement on the uprights instead of the crossbeams. Your operators will still be scanning the barcode on the first level, but the label, in most cases fit with a magnetic backing, will be placed on the upright instead. Please click on the image below to view an example of combining regular pallet racking labels with magnetic labels on the uprights as well as our recommended placement for the upright labels.