Types of Industrial Storage Racks and How to Choose Between Them

There are so many options when it comes to choosing industrial pallet racks for your storage warehouse. How can you plan to properly choose the right type? Selecting based on the product your are storing, the type of handling equipment you are using and space you have available is always your best bet. Here’s more info about how to do just that:

Traditional Pallet Racking

For basic storage needs, traditional selective industrial storage racking is often the best choice. With these racks, items can be accessed directly from the aisles through which your staff operate. Each Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) occupies a picking slot, making keeping track of what you have in those spaces simple. If you have more specialized storage needs, a different style of racking should be considered to suit them.

Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in pallet racking allows your staff to drive into a lane of the racking to access products. Of conventional racking systems, Drive-In racking offers the greatest density. That being said, the trade off is that Drive-In racking offers limited selectivity. It is ideally suited for applications with a low amount of different SKU’s, where selectivity is not as critical.

Push-Back Racking

If you would like gravity to do some of the work for you, push-back racks may be an ideal choice. These racks are designed with carts that glide on pitched tracks that position products for picking at the face position. It combines the density of drive-in with greater selectivity.

Flow Racking

When the order of use of your products is important, such as in a first-in first-out (FIFO) system, flow racking might be the right fit. The first pallet in a driven by gravity to the front of the system. Once it is unloaded the second pallet placed in the system moves to the face position and so on. This is best for perishable products or those with a defined shelf life.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racks are perfect for holding long bulky loads of varying weights. These racks are designed with arm-like brackets or levers sticking out. These levers can be used to adjust the racks to meet your needs perfectly.

For more information on all of these industrial storage options and more, contact Frazier Industrial Company.