What Pallet Racking System is Best for My Warehouse?

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The right type of pallet racking system can maximize your warehouse space, improve efficiency, and increase profitability. Because there are different storage requirements, various pallet racking systems can meet the needs of many industries.

Often a combination of pallet rack styles is required to meet the needs of a busy warehouse environment. By selecting the most suitable racks for your needs, you can see a dramatic increase in your warehouse workflow. As each rack has its specific strengths, you need to consider how they can benefit your business.

Selective Pallet Racking

Selective racking is what most people consider when discussing a pallet storage solution. It is easy to install, you can add more levels when required, and they are relatively inexpensive compared to other styles.

You can access any pallet on a selective pallet rack without moving others out of the way. This feature makes them a popular choice for many warehouse managers who value their convenience. This type of racking is ideal if you need access to pallets regularly and have a high stock turnover or first in-first out (FIFO) loading and retrieval operation.

Push Back Pallet Rack

Known as a high-density storage system, push back racking allows you to store pallets directly behind one another. When the forklift operator adds a pallet on the front of the rack, the pallet behind moves towards the back. When unloading, each pallet then slides forward as the operator removes the one that was directly in front.

While your warehouse manager needs a strong organizational plan to ensure the right pallet is available for picking when required, this is a storage method that can free up valuable warehouse square footage.

If you deal with non-perishable products, then push back racking is the right choice for your warehouse.

Drive-In Pallet Racking

When maximizing your space, drive-in racking is an excellent warehouse storage system. Using a last-in-first-off (LIFO) system, the forklift operator can steer their vehicle between the upright frames.

This allows pallets to be stored at depth and takes advantage of the racking’s overall height. While most systems have shelves that would prohibit a large vehicle driving between the frames, this system is similar to a lane or an aisle. As one of the highest-density storage methods available, it is a good fit if you are already using every possible area of storage space and expansion isn’t an option.

Pallet Flow Racking

Using a first-in-first-out (FIFO) system, you load these racks from the rear rather than the front. After placing a pallet onto carts, which are themselves set on rails, gravity gently moves the pallet to the front of the rack.

This system is suitable when working with perishable products that you need to ship quickly, or with inventory that rotates quickly.

Cantilever Racking

If you work with oversized, long, or non-uniform inventory, then cantilever racking is the best option. Businesses involved in shipping or construction often use cantilever racking to hold timber or steel beams.

As the goods sit on arms that jut out from the heavy-duty uprights, these types of racks offer stability, and excellent visibility when loading and unloading.

Choose SRS-i For Your Storage Needs

Pallet racks are one of the most critical pieces of your material handling equipment. A thorough evaluation of your warehouse space and the goods that you handle should provide the information to choose the most suitable pallet racking system for your business. As these systems are modular, you can buy what you need now and add more levels later.

At Shelving+Rack Systems, Inc., we have decades of experience providing pallet racking to the warehousing industry. For a free consultation and quote, contact one of our sales professionals at (800) 589-7225.