The ABC’s of pallet racking systems

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Tech

The success of any company depends largely on its ability to meet the demands of the customer. In order to be able to live up to the expectations of the customer, the business is required to have adequate storage space so that it can operate in an efficient manner. Pallet racking is by far the most commonly used storage equipment in warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The efficient and the safe design of material handling storage aid system brings value to any warehouse manager, even though he may not be a specialist with regard to this kind of storage equipment. The present guide is designed as a reference tool for anyone who is working within a warehouse environment. If you are thinking about looking up pallet racking for sale, you should take a look at this guide first.

Description of pallet racks

A pallet rack can be defined as a material handling storage system, which is designed to store heavy materials and products that are stored on pallets and even skids. The fact is that there are different styles and manufacturers, but they all maintain the same goal of increasing density by storing skids above the ground and making use of vertical space. The pallets are generally loaded onto different storage systems with fork trucks which are carefully chosen for this type of application. These storage aid systems are the most widely used on distribution centres, warehouses, manufacturing plants and other kinds of storage warehouses.

Selective rack

This is by far the most common type as it is designed keeping in mind selectivity and flexibility. This storage aid solution features two configurations: roll formed and structural. In the roll formed arrangement, the pallets are placed on horizontal load beams and they are held in place by mounting clips. It is important to stress that the clips can be moved so that the shelves can be adjusted at different heights. Benefits include the fact that they can accommodate various load sizes, they are more than convenient for an array of products, not to mention the low investment. On the other hand, the structural system allows forklift access into the stacked rows. Due to the fact that these systems only have one entrance at the end, there has to be a FIFO storage system.

Components of pallet racking systems 

The first component that we are going to discuss are upright frames. They are frequently called upright columns due to the fact that they stand up and are used as a column to connect the crossbar beams to. They have holes on the face of the column into which the beams engage. The cross beams on their side connect to the upright frame on both ends. This creates a shelf for the skids to rest on.  The wire deck is used as a safety measure for the skids which are stored onto the system. Decking creates an additional safety measure, not to mention that it allows the flow of water thought the system.

In order to decide which storage aid system is right for you, you have to take into consideration your desired storage density, inventory accessibility, placement of columns in your building what types of skids you normally use.