How Metro Wire has Helped Others


Solectron is a contract circuit board manufacturer located in Milpitas, California.  The company depends on efficiency and cost effectiveness to successfully manufacture quality products. When Solectron was looking for a new cart to handle storage  and transportation needs for circuit boards, they turned to Metro for a custom solution. Although lowering costs was an issue, they also wanted an innovative solution.


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Shelving Terms


Closed Shelving: Sides and back of the unit are enclosed with stheet steel side and back panels.

Open Shelving: Sides and back of units are open. Various type of bracing are used to stabilize the unit.

Ledge Type Shelving: A shelving unit that accommodates two different depths of shelves. Larger shelves are placed at the bottom and the unit is stepped back with smaller shelves on top. The step back forms a ledge across the face of the shelf. The shelving may be either open or closed type. In some instances, a ledge unit can be added to a regular shelving unit.

Counter Type Shelving: A waist high shelving unit incorporating a heavy duty smooth top work surface. May be open or closed style.

Shelf Dividers: A formed steel partition placed within the shelf opening to subdivide it into smaller compartments. A variety of vertical type dividers are available. Dividers can also be used in a horizontal position to provide a divider shelf.

Label Holders: A formed strip returned on both edges for the insertion of labels to identify contents of shelf. They attach to the front or rear downward flange of a shelf.

Service Aisle: The area in front of a unit or row of units required to service (pick or place stock into our out of the shelving unit).

Sloping Shelf: Designed to attach to the front and rear posts so the horizontal plane of the shelf may be tilted downward in the front to rear direction.

Shelf Clips: A formed steel piece that provides for attachments of shelves to posts without the use of nuts and bolts.

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Pallet Rack Install and Safety Guide

In order to get the most from your storage rack system it is imperative that the rack is properly assembled and maintained. The following information will assist you with your responsibility of providing a safe storage rack system. Contact Material Flow at 1-800-338-1382 for more information.

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Bulk Shelving Basics

Tennsco Bulk Storage Rack

Tennsco Bulk Storage Rack

Bulk shelving is one of the most popular storage systems available. Bulk shelving is extremely easy to put together and can be configured to meet a wide range of needs. Bulk shelving can be purchased as pre-engineered units or can be custom built using components specified by the buyer. Configuring your own bulk shelving unit allows complete customization to your storage needs. The following components are required for building a bulk shelving system.

Posts / Uprights: These vertical beams feature punches that allow for shelf or shelf support placement. Several different punch styles are available depending on desired capacity.

Shelf Supports: Shelf supports do just what the name implies; support the shelves. Models vary by desired capacity. Some manufacturers have their shelves integrated with their shelf supports.

Decking: The surface where products, parts and inventory rest. Wire, steel and plywood decking are the most common types. Most bulk rack can be purchased without decking allowing the buyer to cut or purchase their own plywood.

Box Rails: Box rails divide and keep boxes organized.

Material Flow has a huge selection of bulk shelving. Call one of their experts at 1-800-338-1382.

Simple Storage Solutions

An organized workspace can increase productivity and reduce wasted money on unnecessary supplies or equipment that you have but can’t find. Shelving and cabinets are the two most basic storage solutions that can help organize the products, supplies and inventory of your office, or warehouse.

Lyon Bulk Shelving


The simplest form of storage, shelving keeps products or supplies off of workbenches, tables or the floor. Shelving also keeps items closer to eye level making inventory, products or supplies much easier to find.

Open Shelving: Ideal for packaged stock. Offers high visibility for items without assigned shelf locations
Closed Shelving: Adds protection against dust & sunlight. Also used to separate storage and work areas.
Pre-Engineered Rivet Rack: Use for merchandise displays, storing packaged goods, or holding large cartons of equipment and supplies in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.
Bulk Storage Rack: Great for storing cartoned merchandise in shipping and receiving departments. Can also be used for display racking in furniture and department stores and storage of medical and dietary supplies in hospitals.
Chrome-Plated Wire Shelving: Provides access from all four sides with high visibility and maximum ventilation. No dust or dirt build up, improved sprinkler access enhances fire safety.
Storage & Display Bins: Ideal for storage and display of parts, small bulk items, or packaged merchandise in repair shops, garages, parts and tool rooms, machine shops, etc.

Lyon Cabinet


Performs the same basic function of shelving but features doors that can hide unsightly items in public areas.

Standard Cabinets: Time tested design, great for storing supplies, inventory or products.
Drawer Cabinets: Perfect for small parts or tools.
Bin Storage Cabinets: Keeps small parts together in bins.
Safety Cabinets: Designed for the storage of chemicals or flammable items.
Mobile Cabinets: Cabinets with wheels make for easy transport.