Organize Your Mobile Workspace: Bin Systems for Service Trucks - Industrial 4 Less

When it comes to service vans and trucks, efficiency and organization are not just buzzwords—they are essential components of a successful operation. Whether you're a contractor, a service technician, a plumber, or anyone in between, having the right storage bins and shelving systems in your work truck, van, or trailer can increase your day-to-day productivity.

The Importance of Service Truck Organization

One of the most important elements of a service vehicle is its organization system. A service truck properly organized with shelves and storage bins allows for quick access to tools and supplies, reducing time spent searching and increasing time providing service (and billing). When all the supplies inside your service van have their own designated place, workers find parts quickly and can perform their service efficiently. 

Work Van Storage Bins

Storage Bins: A Versatile Solution

Shelf Bins

Heavy-duty, rugged plastic storage bins for shelves are the perfect solution for service trucks and vans. These shelf bins are injection molded from high density polypropylene ensuring they can endure the bumps and vibrations of a rough and bumpy ride. Unlike metal bins, which are very heavy and expensive, plastic shelf bins offer a lightweight (but heavy-duty) alternative for storing parts and supplies within your van. Most shelf bins are designed with open hopper front openings so you can easily reach in and retrieve your parts. While that feature often remains constant, shelf bins differ in their ability to stack, nest inside one another, hang - as well as the obvious, by size. Stacking bins are designed with rear lips to hang from panels or rails, while nesting shelf bins are designed with a back stop allowing it to hang off of the front of shelving units (as seen in image below).

Shelf bins

For a plumbing contractor who carries delicate parts like PVC pipes, fittings, and faucets, these bins can prevent such items from getting lost, mixed together, scratched, cracked, or otherwise damaged while the van is in transit, especially when navigating through construction sites. An electrician with numerous small components like switches, wire nuts, and circuit breakers could benefit from using lightweight plastic bins instead of heavier, harder to carry, metal containers. Using plastic bins reduces the overall weight (but not durability), making it easier to move the necessary parts in and out of the vehicle at job sites.

Divider Boxes - Grid Containers

Heavy-duty dividable grid containers are an extremely popular style of container for inside the service van. These containers have slots for length and width dividers which allow you to create multiple compartments within each individual container. The size of each compartment depends on the amount of each divider you use, providing you with the flexibility required to hold all of your parts. In the images below, our plumbing contractor customer uses 37 dividable grid containers to hold 312 line items containing everything from fittings, valves, washers, wire nuts, switches, outlets, nails, screws, anchors, brackets, spark plugs, fuses, belts, and hoses and much much more.

Interlocking Storage Cabinets with Drawers

Interlocking storage cabinets offer customizable solutions that fit neatly into any space, maximizing efficiency without sacrificing accessibility. With the ability to interlock both horizontally and vertically, they provide a secure, organized home for small parts, tools, and equipment, ensuring everything is within easy reach. The drawers, equipped with recessed handles, label holders, dividers, and clear windows, allow for meticulous organization and quick identification of contents, significantly reducing time spent searching for items.

Choosing the Right System for You

Selecting the right storage bins and shelving system depends on several factors, including the type of work you do, the tools and materials you need to carry, and the size of your vehicle. Consider the following when making your decision:

  • Weight Capacity: Ensure the system can support the weight of your tools and supplies.
  • Modularity and Flexibility: Look for systems that can be adjusted or expanded as your needs change.
  • Material Durability: Choose materials that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use and the conditions of your work environment.
  • Accessibility: Consider how easily you can access the items you use most frequently.

Best Place to Purchase Van Storage Bins and Shelving Solutions 

Choosing Industrial4Less for your van storage bins and shelving will save you time, money and aggravation while providing the most options for you to choose from. Unlike other outfitters who often limit their offerings to overpriced, preconfigured setups, Industrial4Less stands apart by offering a huge range of stand-alone bins, stand-along shelving as well as shelving and bin packages. Our vast selection allows you to create a custom configuration that perfectly fits your space availability and requirements, ensuring you don’t have to compromise on functionality or efficiency. With Industrial4Less, it’s not about fitting your needs into a one-size-fits-all solution; it’s about crafting a space that works as hard as you do. Shop now or call us for assistance.

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Written by Robert Forst

With years of hands-on experience in industrial storage solutions, Robert has assisted clients across various sectors, from manufacturing to healthcare. His first-hand experience and attention to detail makes him highly qualified to discuss the topics here.

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