Warehouse design is of the upmost importance…

A warehouse is much more than a building, it's probably the most important link in the supply chain.

At Big Box Intralogistics our experience means we can offer advice on a wide range of facility and warehouse matters. And we can also supply simulations to show how our ideas will work in practice.

  • Building Design, Layout & Efficiency
  • Equipment Specification
  • Logistics Integration and eCommerce

Warehouse design can make instant improvements…

Image of a Warehouse with racking, forklift, signage and floor markings

Typically our customers contact us because they realise they have warehouse issues and want to improve efficiency.

These are just some of the problems they face:

  • Running out of space
  • Costs too high
  • Poor productivity
  • Poor layout
  • Processes not working
  • Thinking of moving

And these are the sort of solutions we provide:

  • Lower warehouse and handling costs
  • Help with facility layout
  • Warehouse and materials flow design
  • Expert equipment selection and supply
  • Stock systems integration
  • Effective eCommerce solutions

Building layout and efficiency are vital...

Two developers at a desk in front of warehouse plans

If you are looking at a brand new building or adapting or redesigning an existing facility we can help.

Companies rarely have in-house expertise in warehouse facility layout and design. Big Box Intralogistics have extensive experience in assisting customers in the identification of issues which can improve existing facilities or help with the design of a new warehouse.  We achieve this using a well tested design process:

  • Improved facility designs, layout and operational efficiency are all facilitated through fully computerised CAD systems and simulation software.
  • Our warehouse design begins with a review of the existing operations and the gathering of data. The design solutions are influenced by the analysis of this data as well as working with the client.
  • The warehouse requirements then have future growth factored into them.
  • We draw up a specification which gives the basis for the warehouse design options. These are then presented to the client with simulations and full sets of drawings.
Two developers at a desk in front of warehouse plans

We use CAD so you get an appropriate solution.

Ensuring the most suitable and relevant warehouse design at the start of a project is paramount. It maximises the useful life of the warehouse, its capacity and productivity and the financial benefits it will bring.

We use a well-established project process to build a picture of what to expect from a warehouse during periods of normal and peak-activity. This process takes into account the following:

  • Building/site size and dimensions
  • Warehouse technology and equipment selection – both manual and automated
  • Storage and stocking strategy including racking and shelving
  • Mechanical Handling Equipment access and use
  • Labour resource requirements, manning and workstations
  • The type of goods and/or materials that are being handled
  • Capital and operating budgets

Once the specification and the layout is approved we produce final CAD drawings that we, yourselves and any sub – contractors can work from. Changes to these can be easily incorporated throughout the installation process to overcome any issues that may arise.

Design simulation has an important role to play in warehouse design...

Warehouse design simulation software screen from Big Box Intralogistics

Whilst traditional two dimensional drawing is still perfectly effective when completing our design work (e.g. the layout plan view with elevations and side views), modern software allows us to create 3D simulations of your warehouse design.

Complex warehouse systems can be modelled in 3D and in virtual worlds. One of the biggest selling points for the use of virtual reality is that it helps to avoid costly design mistakes, meaning at the conceptual stage it’s a very useful design tool. The 3D model is even more powerful when it’s used to:

  • Illustrate concepts or processes involving all the different equipment working together in a warehouse design.
  • Show how equipment occupies space and how it integrates into the overall warehouse design solution.
  • Demonstrate how elements can be removed or added to improve understanding of the inter-relationships involved.
  • Create virtual reality simulations to show clients what actually happens. It is difficult for a 2D drawing to achieve this.

We can provide our customers with on screen simulations and are even using virtual reality headsets so that clients can fully immerse themselves into their new warehouse design.

Warehouse design simulation software screen from Big Box Intralogistics