When properly utilized a pallet rack will greatly improve warehouse safety, but it is important to match the pallet racking system to your facility and keep the system in good working condition. There are numerous styles of pallet rack systems available and the configuration that will best fit your needs depends on several factors.
When deciding on the best pallet racking system for your facility you must determine which arrangement is best suited for the types of products you intend to store. For example, if you will be storing food items FDA rules, such as rotation and temperature control, must be carefully considered. You then need to look into the best way to incorporate a particular racking system in the space available in your warehouse.
Selective Pallet Racking
The most frequently used pallet racking system is a selective-rack configuration, where pallets are stored in an aisle inside the warehouse. This system works best for facilities with narrow aisles. Read more about used pallet racking.
Flow Racking Systems
Flow racks, commonly called gravity-flow racks, are best for high-volume warehouses. Basically, pallets are stored by putting new pallets at the top of a stack and older inventory is pulled from the bottom. One major advantage to the gravity flow system is rotation is automatic.
Push-Back Racking Systems
Push-back pallet racking systems are typically built from rolled or structural-channel steel. Push-back racking work well for bulk-storage situations as push-back racking has the capability to store products that require multiple pallets.
Drive-in and Drive-Through Racking Systems
Drive-in and drive-through pallet racking systems are perfect for facilities that don’t have a very high turnover or items that don’t need sorting and/or rotation. Typically, drive-in and drive-through pallet racking systems use a first-in last-out, known as FILO, process. Both drive-in and drive-through systems function best in warehouses with high ceilings to take full advantage of the floor-to-ceiling stacking organization.