What Type of Racking is Right for Me?

July 19, 2021
Pallet Rack Mezzanine

When deciding which racking is appropriate for your warehouse or facility, you must first consider what kind of material you are handling. There are many factors that will further narrow down the decision-making process, like how heavy the product is, whether it is on pallets or not, and whether these products require specific flow requirements. This might seem overwhelming, but American Surplus is here to help and answer any questions you might have.

Are you storing miscellaneous products in each bay of racking? If each bay of racking is storing identical pallets of the same item, you can utilize a denser storage method. This is because you do not require access to all the pallets. With this method of storage, you can store pallets deep, which cuts down on the number of aisles required in your facility. This is ideal for a warehouse or storage facility that is tight on space.

If miscellaneous items are being stored within each bay of racking, depth of storage cannot be utilized because it requires access to each individual bay. More aisles are required, which negatively effects storage density, but positively effects the ability to access different products. This style of racking is known as selective rack because it is usually only a single bay deep. This is the most common style of pallet racking.

    Do you have specific flow requirements? Certain products, especially in the food and beverage industry, require a first in first out (FIFO) inventory method. This is because products with expiration dates need to be sold before they expire and need to be sold first to avoid spoiling. For storing these types of products, pallet flow rack could be utilized. This racking is a FIFO style of inventory and are great for time sensitive inventory.>

    If you do not require a FIFO style of racking for your inventory, you could consider pushback pallet rack. Like pallet flow rack, pushback rack allows for storage density, but it is a last in, first out type of racking system. Other styles of racking that utilize storage density are drive-in and drive-thru rack. Both pallet racking styles require the forklift to drive into the actual racking, which can put it at risk of getting damaged. Pushback and pallet flow rack do not allow for a forklift to enter the structure, putting pallet racks and inventory at less risk of getting damaged.

Pallet Rack Mezzanine

Whatever your racking needs may be, American surplus is here to guide you through the entire process We want to save you money while providing quality material handling equipment, and top-quality service. ASI is a family run and owned business that has been providing solutions for customers for over 30 years. If you have any questions about pallet racking call us at (800) 876-3736 .

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