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Are you looking for a way to optimize the storage in your warehouse?
Pallet racking is the best way to optimize storage space and create practical systems to load and unload goods.
There are a number of different types of pallet racking that are suitable for different types of warehouses, equipment, and stored goods. Let’s go through the major pallet racking types one by one.
Pallet racking can be a great way for a warehouse to store equipment and supplies. Here is everything to know about pallet storage.
Types of Pallet Storage
There are a number of different types of pallet storage systems. Each of them is useful in different situations, so find out what’s best for you with these summaries.
Single Deep Rack
This is the most straightforward and also the most common type of pallet rack system. In this system, loads are only ever stored one pallet deep.
This means that all goods are accessible very quickly and easily. However, the system can be used in a number of different customized configurations.
Double Deep Rack
As the name suggests, the double deep rack is double the depth of the single deep system. Here, pallets are stored two deep on the packing shelf.
This creates a higher level of density, making greater use of available warehouse space. The major drawback of this, though, is that pallets are less accessible. The first pallet must be first removed before the second pallet can be accessed.
Gravity Flow Rack
The gravity flow rack is a combination rack system that uses a stationary rack structure as well as a roller mechanism. Pallets are loaded into the backend of the stationary structure, from where they roll down to the front end. From here, they are able to be retrieved again.
This pallet racking system is designed around bays in which a forklift can go in and out, loading and unloading. The major benefit of the system is that it allows for very dense packing in a smaller space. Pallets can be stacked deeply into the bay, and also very high.
The drive-through rack system is very similar to the drive-in system. The major difference, however, is that forklifts are able to access the aisle from both ends of the system.
The main benefit of this is that it increases accessibility to the stored goods. It does, however, require more space, as an extra aisle is needed at the end of the system.
The push-back system is similar to the gravity flow system in that it allows for a dynamic flow. A stationary rack holds within it a number of nested carts, which are seated upon inclined rails.
A pallet is loaded onto the first cart before a second pallet is loaded. When the second pallet is loaded it pushes the first cart back, exposing the second.
This is one of the more advanced pallet racking styles, as it creates a fully dynamic workflow for the loading and unloading of goods.
Pallet Racking – Custom Solutions for Your Warehouse
Now you know all about the different styles of pallet racking and are informed about how to choose the best system for your warehouse. Remember, different systems of pallet racking are more suitable in different situations, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
Make an assessment of your warehouse, including the space you have available and the type of access you need your forklifts to have. Once, you have done that you will be ready to choose and install the right pallet solution for your needs.
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