A roll cage comes with a trolley base (of course with wheels) and a metal mesh covering its storage area. These cages are widely used in hospitals, laundry, warehouses and in the logistics industry for moving bulk goods efficiently from one place to the other. The presence of castors ensures smooth movement of goods in and out of distribution vehicles or areas where goods are loaded and unloaded.

Do you need these cages? Where can you find them?

One can access a range of sturdy roll cages from manufacturers speacialising in bulk carriage and storage products like export pallets, slip sheets, bulk bins and steel stillages. These cages have a plethora of benefits to offer but cost-efficiency is one of the main reasons why they are employed so frequently. Since goods can be manoeuvred so smoothly, users are not required to shell out a fortune on specialised transport generally used along with pallets.

Now, what are the factors that one would like to keep in view before buying these cages?

 Whether these trolleys are big enough to carry their goods or not

 Budget

 The quality of raw materials used

 The credentials of the manufacturer offering these cages

Fair enough. However, we would also like to point out two other factors that should ideally govern your purchase decision. Read on to find out.

What are the options available?

Who are you buying the roll cage from? Definitely from a company which has earned rave reviews for the quality of export pallets, slip sheets and roll cages offered by them- right? Fair enough. However, you should survey the options available to you as well. Different users may have different needs as far as the quantity of goods that need to be transferred is concerned. The manufacturer should be able to cater to individual needs with ease.

Based on your needs you should be able to choose from among

 Space Saver Z Frame Roll Cages

 Shelf type cages

 Multi-Shelf Stackers

 Mesh Type Cages

So, ideally a credentialed manufacturer, able to offer custom options within affordable price brackets should be high on your list. Don’t stick to someone who cannot offer a variety of options.

Safe use of roll cages

Do you have workers who already know about the safe use of these cages? If not, educate them about the same. Contrary to popular belief, safe and efficient loading is not solely about keeping the heavier items at the bottom and the lighter ones on top. There is definitely more to learn in this regard.

You need to conserve space. Fully loaded roll cages are usually deemed as safer loads than the ones that have gaps. Loads with gaps are considered less safe because they are likely to collapse owing to the constantly-shifting boxes. One might need to maintain gaps occasionally in a bid to provide load integrity. This is fine. However, if you leave too many gaps for the sake of load integrity you might have to resort to more rounds of transfer – that again, may turn out to be expensive.

Author's Bio: 

Author Ron Spencer has been a part of the retail industry for long and thus has considerable experience of working with slip sheets, pallets, roll cages and bulk bins. He has been writing a lot about the safe use of export pallets and roll cages of late.