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Different Types of Pallet Racking Systems

Pallet racking systems are designed to increase the amount of storage space that you have available in your warehouse. There are many different types of pallet racking systems available and can often be difficult to know what type to choose. This article looks at some of the most popular types of pallet racking systems, and explains what each of their benefits are.

Selective Pallet Racking

Selective Pallet racking is the most commonly used racking system in warehousing.  This is for a number of reasons, most commonly this type of racking is the most cost effective racking system and allows the user direct access to all products.  This racking is the most easily installed out of all the types of racking.

Double Deep Racking

Double deep racking is similar in style to selective racking, basically double deep racking is two rows of selective racking one row behind the other.  It allows pallets to be stored two deep. The racks are designed in such a way that despite being two deep they are still accessible from the aisles.

Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow aisle racking is selective racking with much narrower aisles than selective racking.  Narrow aisle racking is beneficial for warehouses that operate with man-down or man-up lift trucks that are easily able to navigate their way through the narrow aisles. These types of racking systems are a great way to maximize the amount of space that you have in the warehouse, plus they can make the most of the vertical space that you have to work with.

Drive-In Racking

Drive-In Racking is designed for maximum use of floor space.  Drive-in is very similar in principle to block stacking with the exception that the product is not stored on top of the bottom pallet.  The racking actually holds the pallet above the pallet below.  Drive-in racking is designed in lanes, the depth of the lane and the how many pallets high is determined by the product.  i.e. A block of Drive-in racking may be 6 lanes wide x 6 pallets deep and 3 pallets high.  This type of racking is particularly efficient if the product profile is high stock of a low number of sku’s.

Carton Flow Racking

Carton flow racking are a bed of rollers installed usually in double entry selective racking.  The bed uses a series of roller/ wheel trays which are designed to easily and efficiently move stock. This type of racking is used by businesses that need stock to be hand-loaded, picked and sorted by warehouse employees. All aspects of the roller trays can be customized to suit your needs.

Heavy Duty Racking

Heavy duty racking is designed to hold and store heavy duty items, such as large pieces of steel. This type of racking is also able to accommodate wide loads.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is used for predominately storing long products like steel rods, plastic piping, lengths of timber etc.  The racking is a series of columns with arms protruding designed specifically for long product. Cantilever racking is made exactly to your requirements, which will ultimately increase the amount of storage space that you have available.

If you are looking to purchase any of the above pallet racking systems contact us today on 1300 571 277.  We have the largest selection of products, but also knowledgeable employees who will be on hand to help you to make the right choice for your company's needs. 

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