In 1915, the forklifts became popular, developed by several manufacturing units. That is how the idea of using pallet racking in warehouses flourished. Pallet racking from Advanced Warehouse Structures helps you in maximising your space for proper inventory management. It also helps in streamlining the warehouse processes.
The pallet racking system is a storage solution that stacks the packages and cargo in horizontal rows with multiple levels. Let’s discuss how you can choose the best pallet racking system for your warehouse.
Factors to consider when choosing the best pallet racking system are as follows:
Space: The size and design of the pallet racking depend on the availability of space in your warehouse.
Accommodation: The racking system should be flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of goods and cargo.
Forklift Accessibility: The structure of the pallet racking should allow some aisle space to make use of a forklift to pick and drop the cargo.
Budget: Consider the cost of pallet racking before you select the one that suits your requirement.
Live Racking System/Pallet Flow
This type of racking system is best for perishable products or expiration-date-sensitive products. The pallet flow racks make use of gravity for loading and unloading of the goods. They are designed with gravity rollers and conveyor belts that offer a high-density storage system.
Use of this racking system doubles or triples the storage capacity of your warehouse. Also, they are best suitable for FIFO (First In, First Out) inventory management process.
Push Back Racking System
It facilitates storing the same SKU (stock-keeping unit) products and eliminates the use of multiple aisles. It helps maintain better selectivity of the goods using different lanes for each product with a unique bar-code.
It offers more pallet storage and supports forklift accessibility as well. According to Safe Work Australia, around 19% of the forklift operators are injured every year. So, training lessons must be provided to all the drivers before resuming the duty of the forklift operator. The inventory management with LIFO (Last In, First Out) process works best with the push back racking system.
Drive-in and Drive-through Racking System
It is one of the best racking systems to store large amounts of similar products in limited space. It allows a forklift to drive directly into the stacked rows lane. Drive-in rack system uses standard entry and exit points, whereas drive-through rack systems have entry points at either end of the row.
Since the drive-in racking system has only one entry point, it uses LIFO. And the drive-through racking system has two different entry points; it can also use the FIFO storage method.
Motorized Pallet Rack
Pallet racking from Advanced Warehouse Structures requires some analysis of your warehouse layout. The motorised pallet racks maximise the use of warehouse storage space and double the storage capacity in the same floor area. The rows are mounted on the heavy-duty rolling carriages positioning them on floor tracks.
The rows of the pallet racks move sideways and create a movable floating access aisle. Also, the pallet rack rows move with the help of remote control or electric switch that allows access to aisles when needed.
Author: Andrea George