What Is Pallet Racking? Quickline Storage’s Complete Guide

What are pallet racking systems

Quickline Storage’s pallet racking systems are a customisable method of storing and managing inventory and stock for various industries to enhance efficiency and optimise space management. In this article, we are going to talk about our wide range of pallet racking types, the various available adjustments and how they can improve your daily business operations.

What are Pallet Racking Systems?

Pallet racking systems are engineered storage solutions designed to hold stock, materials and parts within a warehouse or storage facility. These systems are excellent for improving space management and enhancing inventory organisation resulting in more efficient stock management, distribution and logistics.

Industrial pallet racking typically consists of upright frames connected by horizontal beams, creating multiple levels of storage. The system is designed to support substantial weight, be adjustable to varying warehouse space, accessible by forklift and include enhanced safety features, such as beam locking mechanisms, anti-collapse mesh and floor anchoring to ensure stability.

Discover our range of pallet racking systems, each designed to enhance your company’s efficiency.

Main Advantages of Using Pallet Racking

Pallet racking offers storage facilities a system to streamline their operations and improve operational efficiency.

  • Scalability – Many industrial pallet racking systems can be easily expanded or reconfigured as storage needs change, making them incredibly versatile.
  • Efficiency – Pallet racking systems improve the organisation and accessibility of goods, whether by forklift or manually.
  • Space Optimisation – These storage solutions can be adjusted and customised to fit your available space optimally, resulting in being able to store more goods.
  • Inventory Management – Industrial pallet racking enhances inventory control, easing the handling of stock and quickening despatch.
  • Safer Product Transport – Pallet racking is designed to allow access with ease through unobstructed aisles, resulting in efficient and safe movement of goods.

Types of Racking Systems: Selective and Compact Systems

There are two main types of pallet racking systems, selective and compact, which both come with their own unique advantages. Selective racking is designed to provide access to every pallet at any time, ideal for facilities that move a varied stock range regularly by forklift. Compact systems are known for their high density of storage and are the optimal solution for companies needing to store a vast range of goods with limited space.

To select the ideal system for you, consider your available area, your access needs, your storage operations, storage density requirements and budget. Selective systems are typically more economical.

Narrow and Very Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow and very narrow aisle racking systems are quite self-explanatory. They incorporate slimmer aisles, allowing more rows to fit in your storage facility, improving your capacity. These systems can still be accessed by forklifts, but you will require specialised reach or articulated equipment that can operate in the aisles.

Drive-In and Drive-Through Pallet Racking

High-density solutions that allow forklift access to load and unload pallets with ease. Drive-in systems have one entrance/exit, where drive-through systems have access points at either end. These setups are ideal for supporting a (FIFO) first in, first out or (LIFO) last in, first out inventory system.

Wide Aisle Racking

Standard racking systems with space for material handling equipment, such as counterbalanced forklifts to manoeuvre within. Wide aisle racking systems are the most common setup in storage facilities as it is ideal for a blend of maximising space, providing flexibility for storage options and offering ease of access.

Cantilever Racking Systems

Cantilever pallet racking systems are specialised storage solutions designed to hold long, bulky or irregular shaped items that cannot be stored safely on traditional pallet racks. These items may include lumber, pipes, metal bars, furniture and more. Cantilever racks have open fronts, allowing easy loading and unloading of goods.

Push Back Pallet Racking

Push back pallet racking systems are a high-density storage solution designed to increase capacity while maintaining to multiple SKUs (stock keeping units). These systems operate on the last in, first out principle, making them ideal for perishable items.

Mobile Pallet Racking

Mobile pallet racking systems are a movable storage solution which has racking units mounted on mobile bases allowing lateral movement to create access aisles only when and where they are needed. This system allows you to increase your storage capacity by utilising the space where unused aisles would be.

Pallet Live Racking

Pallet live racking systems are an ultra-dense storage solution with minimal aisles. Pallets are loaded onto inclined rollers which slope towards the access point and gravity does the rest. Thanks to the optimally designed angles and surrounding stock, all items move at a safe and controlled speed.

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