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Pallet Rack

Use pallet storage racks to save space

Most warehouses are full of warehouse pallet racks inside. Many varieties of pallet rack exist, with cost of each based on density. Pallet rack shelving involves storing materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels, and using forklifts to move them.

An ideal warehouse pallet rack is versatile, so that various load sizes and product varieties may be accommodated. Loads of differing sizes rest on horizontal load beams, held in place by mounting clips that allow speedy moving of pallet storage racks. This system is especially important for a warehouse that serves big box stores, in which product turnover is rapid and also unpredictable, based on shopping trends.

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A smart business owner will give thorough attention to planning a storage area to accommodate a pallet rack system, since more materials than ever are delivered on pallets. If you see employees moving product boxes by hand, you're probably looking at a warehouse with a poorly designed system. What's more, the potential for injury in this scenario is considerably increased.

Pallet Storage Racks for Warehouses

Not all facilities are the same, and sometimes certain measures have to be taken to ensure the best use of warehouse pallet racks. Pallet rack shelving, for example, does not always require wide aisles. In a warehouse with narrow aisles, a pallet rack system may operate in tandem with wire-guided or rail-guided reach trucks. In these cases, wire decking is usually in place on pallet rack as a safety measure. Foot plates also provide stability for pallet rack shelving, and shims add even more stability on uneven flooring. Column protectors insulate pallet storage racks from the potential impact of forklift collisions. In some cases, pallet rack shelving can be designed in a way that also supports the roof of the building, canceling the need for I-beams.

Pallet Flow Rack Storage Solutions

Some warehouse pallet rack systems are based on a "drive-in and drive-through" approach, with an entry point on one side of the warehouse, and an exit point on the other. Pallet storage racks are gradually pushed through the warehouse in sequence, or they are placed on conveyor systems known as pallet flow racks that depend on the slight pull of gravity. A pallet flow rack reduces the amount of horizontal transport performed by forklifts. This is especially vital with perishable products, to comply with shelf life expiration dates.

Written by Michael Thompson