Getting to Know the Different Types of Warehouse Racking Systems

With multiple Warehouse Racking Systems available, it is important to learn more about the different types and their uses.

The following factors assist in determining the best fitting pallet storage for your requirements:

  • Is there a budget for a racking solution in your facility?
  • What floor space is available in your facility for pallet storage?
  • Check the height of your facility.
  • What type of pallets do you use and what are the sizes?
  • How many different SKUs will be stored in the racks?
  • How often do you need to access the pallets?
  • What type of handling equipment (forklifts)?

Warehouse Racking Systems

Selective Pallet Racking

Warehouse Racking Systems - Selective Pallet Racking

Selective pallet racking is one of the most popular racking systems available. Its constructed by uprights and a pair of cross beams to create a shelf for the storing a pallet.  Selective rack systems typically have multiple levels (shelves) per bay.  The mesh and board decking solutions provide greater performance and flexibility. This is so as to store specific pallet sizes effectively. Consequently, it eliminates double-handling. This is by moving stock onto standard size pallets.

Drive In Pallet Racking

Warehouse Racking Systems - Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in Pallet Racking is a storage system that allows fork trucks to drive directly into a bay. Pallets rest on side rails rather than cross beams, which leaves the face of the bay open. Fork trucks elevate a load to the proper level and load it in the back of the system first. After that, the second pallet will be placed in the second position from the back and continue until a lane is full. Drive in Pallet Racks are designed for products that are based on the last in first out method. In short, this type of system is best suited for storing a large quantity of pallets of the same product.

Cantilever Racking

Warehouse Racking Systems - Cantilever Racking

Cantilever is a beam anchored at one end only. The load is held by the arm, which transfers the load to the supporting upright beam/base. Cantilever racking is primarily used for storage of bulky, oversized, long loads such as timber, plasterboard, steel trusses and piping. Cantilever Racking is available in both Light and Heavy Duty designs. Also, with the ability to be configured as Single Sided or Double Sided, combined with a wide range of sizes available, enables the system to be tailored to maximise your storage space.

At Abbott’s Storage Systems we tailor the warehouse layout design to help get your facility working to peak performance.

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