This is an interesting topic to me as well. We’ve just left our build space at Ford and are in the process of setting up at a new location. If anyone has pictures, that’d be nice too.
I’ll hit on some of the things we’re doing to setup in our new area.
First, we’ve always used the FIRST supplied plastic totes for parts storage. Primarily because they were free. It’s a royal pain though because inventory control is impossible. Going to get a cim usually meant pulling a big box off a shelf and digging through it.
Now they were are moving we’ve started seperating and organizing to improve access to components. In addition, having individual bins for different components improves inventory control: you can check if you’re out of something and order more in a second. In a perfect world we’d have an andon or kaizan pull card system. We use the small plastic bins from Home Depot / Lowes. We have close to 40 bins now, broken up into categories like traction wheels, omni wheels, banebot transmissions, cimpleboxes, toughboxes, supershifters etc.
Last year we also expanded our fastener and small component storage using these containers:
We have a standard toolbox for our hand tools, although that’s starting to get pretty full once you add in all the specialized electrical hand tools we have now (tachometer, ammeter, etc). We’ll have to look at improving that soon.
When we travel, we have a single roll-around shelving unit that we store most of our things in, and a single work-bench. We don’t take our large containers with us. We use something like these to carry out fasteners:
We had our big gray fastener containers tip over during our 2011 IRI trip. Sealed is the way to go when traveling.
Our batteries travel in a cubby that is built into our workbench. They get put into our battery cart once we get to competition. Our battery ‘cart’ is just a push-dolly with battery holders welded on, and our 5 station battery charger strapped to the bottom.
For files and media, we have a 2TB NAS that is connected to our computer network and is password protected. Synology makes some nice NAS storage for SOHO applications that doesn’t break the bank. Just make sure you’re careful about getting one that can sustain high enough throughput if your media team is going to be using it with big files.
Frankly, we’ve never had raw material storage in our buildspace. Sure, a stick or two of aluminum, a piece of lexan, some plastic blueboard, but that’s about it. We’re looking at actually getting raw material storage now, but that’s still on the drawing board.