About Pallet Rack
Our experienced sales staff will work with you to solve your pallet racking needs. Although we are located in RI, ASI has inventory stored throughout the country, allowing us to ship nationally with competitive rates. We offer installation if needed too. Call for a free same day quote. We also buy used pallet racking, provided that it's in good condition and large quantities. Speak with purchasing today!
Some of the used pallet rack brands we sell are: Bull Dog Racking, Husky Pallet Racking, Burtman Pallet Racking, Interlake Pallet Racking, Dexco Pallet Racking, Teardrop Pallet Racking, Deltruie Pallet Racking, Mecalux Pallet Racking, Elite Pallet Racking, Konstant Pallet Racking, Excell Pallet Racking, Penco Pallet Racking, Frazier Pallet Racking, Republic Pallet Racking, Frick Gallager Pallet Racking, Ridg-u-Rack Structural Pallet Racking and Speed Rack. What some people call pallet rack others may call it: Warehouse Storage, Storage Racking, Industrial Shelving Racks, Industrial Pallet Racking, Used Pallet Racking, Pallet Rack Frames, Warehouse Racking, Pallet Rack Beams, Pallet Racking Systems or Pallet Rack Uprights.
Used pallet racking is a storage system that is designed to store materials that are placed on pallets, or “palletized”. Pallets are then placed on horizontal rows of racking that contains multiple vertical levels. Forklifts can be used with either LIFO or FIFO style inventory systems to pick and place pallets on used pallet racks. There are many different styles of used pallet racking to choose from, and based on your specific needs, ASI is here to help.
Some of the more common types of used pallet racking include drive in/ drive through, pushback, and pallet flow, though there are many others. Drive in/drive through pallet rack allows for forklifts to drive directly into the lane where the product is being stored. The difference between the two is that drive in pallet rack doesn’t allow for the forklift to drive all the way through the racking.
Even though drive in pallet racking doesn’t allow for a forklift to pass though, they can be placed back to back, requiring half as many aisles as drive through racking. This allows for increased storage density, and it also means less rows for forklifts to travel to retrieve product.
Used pushback pallet rack can store pallets up six deep, allowing for less rows. Pallets are stored on flow rails, which allow for it to be pushed back into the racking. The rails are angled towards the front of the used pallet rack, so when a pallet is taken away, the rest of the pallets in that row slide forward. This style of storing inventory is considered LIFO, because the last product to be stored is the first product to be picked.
Used pallet flow racking is similar in style to pushback, except pallet flow rack is stocked from the back and picked from the front. Pallets are stocked in the back of the racking, which contains flow rails that are angled towards the front, allowing for the pallet to slide to the front of the used pallet rack. This is a FIFO style of inventory, because the first item stored slides all the way to the front of the racking is picked first.
ASI carries many different types of specialty used pallet rack as well, including used carpet rack, reel rack, structural rack, stack rack, and more. As you can see there are many different types of used pallet racking to choose from, so feel free to give us a call. Our sales team will happily work with you to answer any questions and to determine the ideal pallet rack for your material handling needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pallet Rack
Q. What is Selective Pallet Rack?
A. The most common style of pallet rack, selective pallet rack is designed for high-density warehouses that store a large variety of products. Selective rack provides 100% access to all pallet positions at all times without having to move other pallets. Based on cost per position, selective rack is the least expensive type of pallet rack. Selective rack is easy to install and easy to reconfigure should storage dimensions change. While not as durable as structural steel pallet racking, selective pallet rack can do the job in most cases.
Q. What is Drive-In Rack?
A. Drive-in rack is a narrow storage system best for applications that utilize the "Last In, First Out" (or LIFO) method of inventory control. Pallets are stored on rails and access to the pallets is from the front. Pallets are stored back to back which creates a dense storage area. Drive-in rack is ideal for products that ship in and out of the warehouse quickly.
Q. What is Push-Back Rack?
A. Push-back rack, much like drive-in rack, utilizes the LIFO method of inventory control. Pallets are stored on carts that move along rails. Unlike selective rack which stores in a single pallet deep system, push-back rack can store pallets 2-5 deep. When the first skid or pallet is picked, material behind gently rolls forward on rails. All levels are accessible individually.
Q. What is Pallet Flow Rack?
A. Pallet flow rack is a combination of elevated rails, wheels, and rollers. Pallet flow rack offers a high-density storage system that's ideal for operations using the "First In, First Out" (or FIFO) method of inventory control. Warehouses with minimal space are ideal for pallet flow rack as aisle space can be reduced by as much as 75%
Q. What is the Difference Between Pallet Rack & Industrial Shelving?
A. Industrial Shelving is used for storing small parts and boxes that will be loaded by hand. These shelving units can be free-standing or bolted together. Pallet racks are heavy duty storage racks found in warehouses and big-box retailers such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Costco. Product is stored on pallets and loaded with a forklift or other powered industrial truck. Pallet rack is taller and wider than shelving.
Q. Is there a standard size for pallet rack?
A. The most common height for pallet rack frames is 16'. However, we have frames available from 8' all the way to 60' high. Depths range from 18"-72". Pallet rack beams range in length from 4' to 16', with the most common beams being between 8' and 12' long, depending on the application.
Q. What are Pallet Supports?
A. Pallet supports are used to reinforce a pallet rack system. Supports are installed onto the step of the beam allowing storage of heavy pallets without worry. It is our recommendation to use two pallet supports per pallet position; They're the best insurance you'll ever purchase!
Q. What are Column Protectors?
A. Column protectors are installed on the bottom of a pallet rack frame and are designed to absorb impacts from forklifts and other moving equipment throughout the warehouse; protecting your employees, rack, and product from dangerous accidents. Column protectors are available at 12", 24", 36", and 48".
Q. What are the different types of Wire Decks?
A. Waterfall decking is the most common style of wire deck. This type of decking sits in the step of the pallet rack beam. The support channel rests on the step and the "waterfall" wraps around the top of the beam.
Flush waterfall decks fit similarly to standard waterfall decking, with the only difference being that they don't hang over the top of the beam, the sit on the step of the beam.
Inverted wire decks are another common type of wire decking. This deck has a flange at the end of the support channel, making it easy to fit on step or box beams.
Lastly, flush flat wire decking simply sits flush on top of the beam.
Q. Should I use particle board or plywood for the decking?
A. Particle board or plywood should only be used for light duty storage. Wire decking is the recommended material for decking, especially considering many municipalities have local fire codes requiring the use of wire decking.
Q. What are Row Spacers?
A. Row spacers provide a consistent amount of distance between two rows of pallet rack. Row spacers have a flange on each end to secure the spacer to the frame. Row spacers should be installed when there are multiple bays in a continuous row. The recommended number of row spacers per frame is as follows:
- Frames 4' to 14': 1 Row Spacer
- Frames 15' to 24': 2 Row Spacers
- Frames 25' to 34': 3 Row Spacers
Q. What are Wall Ties?
A. Wall ties secure an individual section of pallet rack to the wall. The wall tie acts as a stabilizer for the unit. Two wall ties per upright are recommended.
Q. What is Pallet Rack Netting?
A. Pallet rack netting is hung underneath a pallet rack system, preventing product that's fallen off the racks from making it all the way to the ground. This protects your employees from injury as well as potentially reducing damage to fallen product.
Q. Do I have to anchor my pallet rack system to the floor?
A. You should always anchor your pallet rack to the floor. The footplates on your uprights offer specific locations to place your anchors, which are essential to prevent the entire rack system from falling over as well as for enforcing uniform aisle spacing.
Q. How do I determine what size racks I'll need?
A. It's easy to figure out what size rack you'll need! First, determine the load depth, width, and height of your pallets. Then, call an ASI pallet rack specialist at (800) 876-3736 who can assist you in getting the right pallet rack system for your application.
Q. Can I order pallet racking in non-standard sizes?
A. Yes, our racking department can customize racking to meet your needs. We suggest discussing this weith one of our pallet rack technicians who will determine your best options.