Does your business rely on technology that keeps up with the times? Do you need to move out old inventory, but want to keep a few spare parts that can last into the next generation? Many businesses struggle with maintaining a useful, well-equipped storage system that doesn't significantly damage the spare parts and extra devices in the process. Here are a few asset movement and storage techniques to keep your business efficient while upgrading, storing, and retrieving tech devices.
Efficient Movement Plans
Whether you're moving old equipment out or new equipment in, safety and efficiency are key. Your employees or moving contractors need to be able to work without being hampered by other employees, and they should be able to find relief from physical exhaustion and temperature problems.
Every business needs to review OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health) heavy lifting guidelines for specific lifting instructions, but your business needs to be at least temporarily streamlined for easy carrying and navigation. This means designating a specific side of walkways for entering and exiting, and establishing break stations along the way with water and shelter.
For small buildings, this usually just means having a rest area at the beginning or middle. Buildings with multiple floors should have at least a water cooler or a table with a cooler and cups. Even with the more lightweight desktop computers, repetitive motions and walking in and out of buildings--especially when stairs are involved--can lead to dehydration and fatigue. Avoid those delays and workers compensation claims by keeping worker safety and efficiency in check.
Storage Options For Tech
For current and new tech, avoiding static electricity while protecting against moisture and dust are the main goal. This means selecting anti-static containers for most devices and keeping your containers away from water sources.
Water sources include plumbing pipes and direct faucets, as well as air conditioning units. Air conditioning systems can build up condensation and drop water into the area, which also makes the general area a bit humid.
If you're throwing out computers, copiers, and other electronics, be sure to designate a recycling container. Electronic waste is illegal in some areas, but it's also a chance to make a bit of money from recycling centers.
Recycling is sometimes done by parts or specific scrap materials instead of just whole units. If there's a sudden jump in a specific material's price--such as an increase in aluminum, copper, or gold--the average price of a computer or copier may to update in time to reflect that change. You may want individual containers for those materials.
Contact a professional to find interior and exterior container rental in your area, and to get help with arranging an efficient storage and disposal plan.