Figures 7-2 and 7-3 depict the exterior of an ideal
Truckloading platforms (fig. 7-2) on one side
of the warehouse make sure of efficient handling
of truck-hauled materials. Paving at truckloading
platforms permits vans to backup to the platform
to be loaded or unloaded by materials-handling
equipment, which has direct access to the plat-
form through warehouse doors.
A carloading platform runs the full length of
the opposite side of the general-purpose
warehouse (fig. 7-3) permitting materials-handling
equipment to load and unload railcars easily from
any warehouse door. Warehouse space is con-
served by stacking the pallets on the platform. The
canopy provides protection from inclement
Two main aisles extend the length of the
general-purpose warehouse allowing materials-
handling equipment to move without interruption
throughout the building and creating a straight
line flow of supplies. Main aisles are connected
by cross aisles, which furnish direct access to
stacks from both carloading and truckloading
Figure 7-4 illustrates the interior of the
warehouse and the technique of stacking material.
Bays may be fitted out with pallet racks and retail
bins if desirable. Frequently a combination of
stacks, pallet racks, and retail bins is used to ac-
commodate the different material categories con-
tained in an individual warehouse.
A refrigerated warehouse is used for the
storage of perishable items. They are usually
divided into two distinct areas. One area is
designated as a chill space in which the
temperature can be controlled between 36° and
46°F. The other space is designated as a freeze
space in which the temperature can be controlled
at or below a level of 32°F.
Figure 7-4.Interior of a general-purpose warehouse.