There are many various types of racking available to suit a range of warehouse storage applications. From coolroom storage to outdoor storage and general storage, there is a racking solution available to suit any need. With so many options available, it can often be hard to decide which storage solution will work best for your needs. To make this decision easier, we have compiled a list of the available racking options along with their benefits and applications to help you make an informed decision.
Keep reading to discover which racking solution is best suited to your needs.
Double Deep Racking
Double deep racking is a system that allows you to store 2 pallets per channel or 4 pallets per channel if you place 2 racks back-to-back. Double deep racking uses a first-in, last-out system which means that the racking is suited to stock with a medium to long shelf life, as only 50% of the stock is accessible when the racking is full. The racking allows you to store stock on the lower level on beams that sit above the floor level. Double deep racking reduces the number of access aisles needed, allowing you to efficiently use your floor space while also providing good aisle-to-shelving ratios. Due to the depth of the racking, specialised pallet handling equipment is needed to access the pallets, such as forklifts with forward reachability.
Drive In Racking
Drive in racking is a racking system designed for use where there are low numbers of high-volume stock or high turnover lines where time and volume are critical. Each pallet is stacked on a cantilevered rail that forms a block which allows for high pallet densities. Drive in racking utilises a first-in, last-out system, meaning it’s ideal for stock where selectivity isn’t always essential, allowing you to store large quantities of the same items. The racking also allows forklifts to drive directly into the aisles, making it easier to place and remove each pallet.
Galvanised Pallet Racking
Galvanised pallet racking is pallet racking that has been hot dipped galvanised to suit outdoor conditions. While the racking can be used indoors, it is most commonly used outdoors due to its durable finish. Just like traditional pallet racking, galvanised pallet racking allows you to store 1 pallet deep using a first-in, first-out system and allows for 2 racks to be placed back to back. The main difference between the 2 is the finish. The galvanised finish of the racking provides effective protection from all temperature ranges, including extreme heat and cold. Galvanised pallet racking is perfect for use in climates with high humidity or variable temperatures.
Push Back Racking
Push back racking is a high-density racking system that uses built-in gravity-fed nesting trolleys that ensure there is always a pallet ready to pick. Additional pallets can be easily added to the racking by pushing the first pallet back. When a pallet is taken out, the pallet behind will automatically roll forward and fill the empty space. Push back racking utilises a first-in, last-out system that allows you to store 5 pallets deep in each row, making it an ideal solution for bulk storage. Push back racking is commonly used for cold room storage.
Selective Pallet Racking
Selective pallet racking is the most common type of racking used in warehouses. It’s a cost-effective solution that allows for high-capacity storage. The racking allows you to store 1 pallet deep, meaning that you have access to every pallet in the racking, with multiple access points available for each pallet. Selective pallet racking uses a first-in, first-out system and allows for 2 racks to be placed back to back. No special equipment is required to access the pallets in the racking. The racking also allows you to store pallets in the bottom row directly on the ground. Selective pallet racking can be designed to handle any weight and size pallet.
Shuttle racking is a high density automated racking system that is derived from drive in racking. Shuttle racking is made up of racks, shuttles and forklifts that work together to move the pallets into position. Each shuttle is wirelessly controlled and runs along the frame rail to move the pallets. The shuttles include a rechargeable battery with an alarm that alerts you when the battery is getting low and needs to be charged. The shuttles will also return to their original position when the battery runs out. Each beam on the rack is connectable to create a more stable structure and with less reliance on forklifts, the risk of damaged stock is reduced. Unlike drive in racking, shuttle racking utilises both a first-in, first-out and first-in, last-out system and offers more storage density over traditional pallet racking.
Still need help deciding which racking solution is best suited to your needs? At All Storage Systems, we have a team of racking experts that can help you ensure you select the right racking solution for your warehouse space. Contact the team today.