Warehouse racking comes in many different forms. This is advantageous because it means you can choose the design that best fits your products’ needs and your preferred operational style. Below, we’ve provided you with a list of the different types of warehouse racking you can obtain.
Selective Pallet Racking
Selective pallet racking is common because of its basic setup and flexibility. When you think of warehouse racking, this is probably what comes to your mind. With selective pallet racking, you arrange shelves in rows with aisles in between. Each row has two racks that stand back-to-back, so you can place pallets in them from both sides. Since forklifts can immediately reach every pallet on the shelves, selective pallet racking is ideal if you need access to all your inventory at any given moment.
Push-Back Racking (LIFO)
Push-back racking features racks that are several pallets deep. You place pallets in on one side and retrieve them from the same side. Consequently, people also refer to them as LIFO, or last-in, first-out, systems. This format allows for greater space efficiency since you don’t need to set aside as much room for aisles. However, it also makes it harder to reach those items within pallets that are more than one row deep into the racks. If all the pallets in a push-back unit are the same, though, this isn’t a problem.
Drive-in racking has tall wall frames between which a forklift can drive. The forklift can place pallets deep in these spaces or closer to the front on multiple levels. Drive-in racking is similar to push-back racking because it saves space by compacting pallet storage. It differs in that forklifts can enter the racking structures and sometimes access them from both the front and back, depending on where you place them in the warehouse.
Pallet Flow Systems
Pallet flow systems possess structures that have depths of more than one pallet. The pallets travel from the front to the back in one direction. So, one side is devoted to accepting pallets while the opposite end is exclusively reserved for taking them out. Pallets move from one end to the other with the help of rollers in the rack’s structures and gravity, as the retrieval side is lower than the loading side. This design approach is called FIFO, or first-in, first-out. Businesses that deal with perishable or quickly-moving goods can benefit from this arrangement.
Cantilever racking has a base, backing, and multiple arms that form different levels of storage. Each rack is a standalone unit that doesn’t have structural components on its right or left ends. This design allows them to easily hold long objects, such as pipes, timber, and bars, as the objects’ ends can stick out past the length of the rack itself. Of the different types of warehouse racking systems, they rank lower for space-efficiency. If you’re dealing with long products that won’t fit other racking styles or could roll around and fall, however, this is the best option.
For warehouse racking in Calgary, call CMI Sales today. We can install any of the racking styles discussed in this blog post for you.