The Different Configurations of Pallet Racking

March 9, 2021

When it comes to choosing the right pallet racking system for your warehouse, you have many options available. Choosing the best one for your warehouse depends on your needs and which pallet racking fits best to achieve the results you're looking for. American Surplus is here to help every step of the way from CAD Layouts all the way to installation and repurchasing.

Pallet racking is a great way to transform your warehouse facility and create storaege space that you have not had. Increasing storage space leads to your ability to stock more products and inventory in your warehouse to create a more efficient operation.

Today, we wanted to look at a few different types of pallet racking and industrial pallet racking that are available to improve the storage at your warehouse. Each pallet rack has a unique design, so it's important to understand what they do and how they operate before making a decision.

Selective Pallet Racking

This type of pallet racking is one of the most popular ones there is. These common selective pallet racks come in two main styles: roll formed and structural. The roll formed racking is lighter and a more affordable style. Its horizontal load beams are held into position by clips and can typically be modified for your needs/application. Structural selective pallet racks are higher in price but are more durable, making it the ideal racking to hold more weight and handle the daily abuse from a forklift.

Drive-In and Drive-Through Pallet Racking

The drive-in pallet racking style is ideal for the last in, first out (LIFO) storage method. This type of storage method is great for facilities dealing with storing sizeable numer of similar items or non-perishable goods. Unlike drive-in racking, drive-through pallet racking uses the first in, first out (FIFO) storage method. This type of storage method is better for facilities dealing with perishable items with a definited shelf life. No matter what approach you decide is best for your warehouse operations, know you'll be increasing the overall efficiency of your warehouse.

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Pushback Pallet Racking

This type of racking is best for LIFO (last in, first out) method of inventory management. Pushback pallet racking can store pallets 2 or more pallets deep while using gravity to move the carts along the inclined rails. The incline of pushback pallet racking can be adjusted so one can control the speed of pallets that shift forward. This rack design is constructed vertically requiring a smaller number of aisles, therefore, saving space in the warehouse. When you pull a pallet off one of the pallet racks, the ones behind it are pushed forward to take its place.

Pallet Flow Racking

Like drive-through racking, pallet flow rack makes an excellent first in, first out (FIFO) storage solution. These racks are loaded from the rear and are built with a slight angle to ensure that every pallet loaded slides down the rack to the front. Again, this pallet rack reduces the number of aisles that are needed to access warehouse inventory, freeing up space previously used by aisle for other applications. By using pallet flow racking, one can reduce the amount of square footage needed for the storing of your inventory.

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What Kind of Rack System Is Right For You?

Whatever your pallet racking needs are for your warehouse, American Surplus has high-quality used pallet rack systems that can handle your needs. Call us today at (800) 876-3736 and our specialists will help you identify the best pallet racking system for your warehouse operations. American Surplus Inc. even offers full CAD Service to provide our customers with the ability to fully realize their new storage solution before installation begins.

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