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What's Included In a Materials Handling Site Survey?

Posted on 24 December 2020

What's Included In a Materials Handling Site Survey?


What's included in a site survey?

A site survey is one of our trained industry professionals visits a workspace (typically a warehouse, dock or distribution centre) where materials handling equipment is used. While on-site they inspect all aspects of the workspace; Racking, existing MHE Equipment, Doorways, Floorspace and the Carried Loads. Their intent is to use their expertise to help the business work as efficiently as possible, making sure that all of the space a company owns is utilized to its full potential.


MHE Operation Efficiency


Once an industry professional arrives on-site at the time and date arranged to fit your schedule, it's usually not long before they identify opportunities that can greatly improve operational efficiency.


The first step of this is often to list all of the forklifts and warehouse equipment being used on-site, and assessing what each piece of equipment is being used for.


As an example, let's say a company is using a reach truck to pull pallets down from racking, removing a few items from the pallet and then returning the pallet to the top of the racking. In a situation such as this, time could be saved by instead using an Order Picker machine.



Storage Spaces & Pallet faces

A site survey can help detect problems on the warehouse floor, (I.E A corner of the warehouse, full of pallets stacked on top of each other, pushed into position using hand pallet trucks.) inefficient use of vertical space and inventory management issues.

Sometimes companies will think they need more warehouse space when in reality they could just better use the space they already have, for instance, ensuring that the racking reaches as high as possible in every area, or even moving the racking layout to add additional pallet faces.     


The site survey is used to help with the layout of the racking within the workspace, as well as the combination of equipment that would work best in the environment.


This all comes together into a complete optimisation review for your works space. Designing your operation around your requirements to gain its full potential. Advising the best practices for safety, efficiency and MHE processes.


If you would like to know more details or book in to have a site survey conducted on your site. Get in touch with our friendly team on 01708 861 414 or email us at