How Does Push Back Racking Work?

Push back racking

Storage space optimization is vital in any warehouse or fulfilment center. Increased storage density enables you to store more items in less space to save you money and boost efficiency in your facility. It allows you to maximize the space you have so you do not have to expand your warehouse or limit the amount of product you store.

Push back racking makes the work of forklift drivers easier because they do not have to enter an aisle to load or unload pallets. Instead they sit at the front to access the pallets. This increases safety and reduces the amount of time spent moving around the warehouse. Furthermore, the single aisle design allows for longer and wider storage rack space.

How Pushback Racking Systems Work

Pushback rack systems have quickly become the favorite method of storage because this system provides high density storage and offers increased efficiency.

Push back racking is a gravity-based storage and retrieval system which offers a higher storage density via a pallet that gives you 2 to 6 feet on either side of an aisle.

In a push back racking system a pallet is loaded via a forklift onto a metal structure with inclined rails that usually have rollers, shuttles, or nested carts on them for greater maneuverability.

The pallets rest on inclined rails that are tilted toward the pallet pick face. Push back racking is designed for use with non-perishable items in a Last Pallet In, First Pallet Out (LIFO) system. This type of pallet positioning offers greater efficiency and faster unloading.

Push back racking is modular so you can combine the system with your other shelving and racking storage for a flexible warehouse configuration to enhance the workflow in your facility.

Enhanced Efficiency

Pushback pallet storage systems use a single aisle for materials handling for a storage solution that offers the high-density storage benefits of drive in pallet racking without the potential safety issues. This makes it easy for loading and unloading pallets and reducing the need for floor space in your warehouse.

On a standard pushback pallet rack system you can fit about 2-5 pallets deep on a single rail. Most of these systems are color coded so that forklift drivers can easily identify how many pallets there are on a single rack or how many pallets are behind a newly loaded pallet.

Pushback racking stores pallets of the same SKU and gives you over 80% more space than a traditional standard pallet rack. One advantage of these systems is that operating costs are decreased due to increased performance and space maximization.

Roller Systems vs Shuttle Systems

The roller system is made of circular loading mechanisms that help facilitate easy loading and unloading. The roller system is easy to use but is not as advanced as the shuttle system. Each pallet is pushed farther back onto the rack as more pallets are loaded.

The shuttle system is made of moving rail sliders that move pallets back and forth along the pallet system to make it easier for the forklift driver to pick up and unload the pallets. This is important because the machine does most of the work and the forklift driver only has to get the pallet to the racking system and the shuttle system takes care of the rest.

Final Thoughts

The pushback racking system efficiency can improve your overall work environment. It provides the necessary space management that every warehouse requires and it is carefully designed to improve workflow, save time and resources. The implementation of a pushback racking system can enhance your storage space management and help businesses achieve the results they need.

If you need help finding a storage solution that fits your needs or have any further questions about how this storage system works, give us a call at (800) 589-7225. You can also browse our online catalog for a wide variety of shelving and racking systems to improve the workflow in your facility.