Even in a spacious warehouse, you may still be searching for ways to optimize for more storage. Many businesses are searching for solutions to enlarge their storage potential, and choosing the correct pallet racking could be the secret to success. Making these changes could increase space utilization, accessibility, efficiency, and speed. The various types of pallet racking provides these solutions to a business to improve their warehouse’s functions.
Types of Pallet Racking
- Selective Pallet Racking
This type of racking is ideal for storing a variety of different sizes and shapes of packaged materials. It creates accessibility to every load, and labor costs and inventory control are reduced because pallets do not need to be moved to reach or see one. Selective pallet racking is made up of vertical frames and beams that are arranged in single or double rows. The height is adjustable, so wire-decking and shelving cam be added and adjusted.
- Pushback Pallet Racking
Pushback pallet racking offers 90% more product storage than selective pallet racking. When using First In Last Out (FILO) inventory control, this is a fantastic option. The pushback racks place pallet loads on nesting carts that are fed forward by gravity on rigid structural steel rails. Pallets are loaded from the front, and the pallet pushes the pallet behind it back one position. Pallets are unloaded by removing the front pallet, and the next pallet will come forward. The interlocking of carts can help prevent pallets from jamming or any product damage.
- Drive-in/Drive-thru Pallet Racking
With fewer racks required and 75% more storage than selective racking, drive-in/drive thru pallet racking is the highest density storage solution. These systems are ideal for large volume storage because it can be integrated with FILO inventory control. One will have to move pallets to reach the desired pallet, and these are inclined to face more damage than any other rack structure.
- Pallet Flow Pallet Racking
A high density storage option, like pallet flow pallet racking, is ideal for fast-moving product with First In First Out (FIFO) rotation. Product flows back to a picking position, and the product is loaded from the back and picked up from the front. It provides a solution to give more accessibility, and the warehouse floor space can be utilized with less aisles by loading pallets back to back.
- Cantilever Racking
Cantilever racking is best when storing long, bulky, or unusually-shaped loads. This style makes unloading and loading faster since there is no front column in the way. Loads are placed anywhere along the entire length of a row and handling clearance is more plentiful.