Abnormal Beer Company

Pallet racking inside refrigerated warehouse

A Small Brewery that Thinks Big

The Abnormal Beer Company has built a reputation around creative collaboration and new approaches that complex challenges. The business began as a small winery and is now a 10-barrel brew house with 440 Barrels of fermentation capacity. The company does all production on site at its unique brewery / winery / restaurant facility while housing its barrels, kegs, and cans in a nearby warehouse.

The warehouse, which includes a 15,000-cubic-foot cold box, is a key component of the company’s growth strategy. Optimizing space in the cold box has allowed the company to operate more efficiently and rent cold storage space to other breweries.

Optimizing space in the cold box was a key aspect of the brewery’s growth strategy.


A Space-Saving Solution

At 60 feet long, 48 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, the cold warehouse space is expensive to maintain at temperature. As they were thinking about how to configure the interior, staff wanted to use the space as effectively as possible to produce a good return on their investment.

Simply stacking pallets wasn’t an attractive option. In addition to wasting space, they knew that moving pallets multiple times would result in lost time and difficulties with inventory tracking. “We were looking at that standard within the industry, to just literally put the pallets of kegs on the ground in the cold box and stack them, and we felt that would be very time-consuming,” said warehouse manager Jeff Milton. “You’re going to be moving around a ton of stuff, you’re always going to need to get to that pallet in the back, and you’ll just keep moving things around.”

After consulting with our local Spacesaver representative, Milton and the rest of the team decided an ActivRAC® Mobilized Storage System would be the best solution. Mounting movable racking on rails would allow them to double the cold storage area’s capacity, from roughly 2,000 kegs to close to 4,000, and it would save time by offering convenient access to every pallet.

“Compared to standard pallet racking we were able to double our pallet capacity.”

– Jeff Milton, Warehouse Manager

Bluetooth Benefits

The ActivRAC system mounts pallet racking on rails to eliminate wasted Aisle space between racking. Aisles can be opened with the press of a button, with remote control, or with the brand new bluetooth-enabled “TUSC” app that offers:

  • Compatibility with IOS and Android Devices
  • Easy Set-Up Process (IT support not required)
  • Native Security
  • Direct Connection between Smart Device and ActivRAC (independent of system network)
  • Ability to Restrict Access based on Device’s Unique ID
  • Ability to Request a Credential such as PIN, Swipe, or Fingerprint
  • Searchable “soft” Directory/Index that Mimics Physical Labels
  • Tested Maximum Range Between 80-100 feet
Bluetooth technology to move activrac mobile system from mobile devices
bluetooth technology to control mobile system
Mobile system with pallet racking storing kegs
ActivRAC Mobile System stores kegs

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