06 Feb How to Find the Best Racking System for your Warehouse
It’s crucial that you select the best possible racking system for your warehouse, as this helps you make the most out of the storage space available. Do it right, and you’ll see your business thriving. Do it wrong, and you’ll end up with a load of frustrations, setbacks and lost money.
There are three types of racking systems we offer: selective, drive-in and drive-through, and pushback and pallet flow. Let’s analyze each one of them right now.
As its name implies, this pallet racking system offer the most selectivity out of the three. It’s great if you store a lot of different SKU’s and want to access each and every one individually, and easily. But you trade that easy accessibility for storage density, because to achieve this level of accessibility there have to be a lot of aisles which eat up a lot of space.
Pushback and pallet flow racks
For better storage density, we recommend pushback and pallet flow racks. Pushback racks, as its name implies, means loading is made by pushing back previous pallets (nested on carts) on a slight incline, by the pallet currently loaded on the forklift. When retrieving a pallet, the ones behind it glide gently on the rails and fill up the space left by the retrieved pallet, meaning this system offers a “last in, first out” type of loading. You can configure the racks to accommodate between two to five pallets per bay.
Pallet flow racks are a bit different. The system is comprised of a static rack structure and dynamic flow rails that are set at a decline. You load the pallets on the “high side,” and retrieve them at the other end, the “low side.” This means the first pallet in is always the first pallet out, making it a great choice for time-sensitive products such as perishable ones. Also, you can customize the size of the rack to accommodate as many pallets per bay as you want, as opposed to pushback racks that only allow a maximum of five pallets.
Drive-in and drive-through racks
The way drive-in racking systems work is by driving in the racking system with a forklift truck that is carrying a pallet. The forklift truck places the pallet either on the floor or on one of the parallel rail levels above the floor, then drives back out and repeats the process with the remaining pallets. This type of storage offers a fantastic storage density, but you sacrifice selectivity for it as the first pallet in will be the last out. This makes them ideal for storing large quantities of the same product.
Drive-through racks are very similar to drive-in ones, but the difference is that you can access the pallets from both ends. One benefit of this system – besides greater accessibility – is that you can access the products on a first in, first out basis, by loading the pallets from one end, and retrieving them from the other.
With both drive-in and drive-through racks, their size limit is only the square footage of your facility.
Perhaps only one type of racking system fits your needs, or maybe it’s a combination of any of these three. However, one thing is certain: there are a lot more things to take into account when considering each one of these racking systems, and so we invite you to read our in-depth articles on each one of them. You can find them here: www.example.com/blog
Alternatively, you can give us a call at (000) 0000-000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll happily help you figure out the best racking system or combination of systems for your warehouse.