If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to cantilever racking, or have palletised goods which you need to store, then pallet racking is the most appropriate choice for you. It is used by companies from different sectors worldwide and provides a strong and accessible storage solution for products.
There are three types of pallet racking system, but they are all created using the same basic construction techniques. The upright frames which are made from strong steel are further strengthened by upright frame lacing which is essentially diagonal braces that are welded to the uprights. The whole structure is supported and fixed to the floor using footplates which can alter the weight that the racking system is able to withstand.
The three pallet racking systems are narrow aisle pallet racking, drive-in pallet racking and conventional aisle adjustable pallet racking; each system is best utilised in different industries and made bespoke to your business requirements.
Conventional Aisle Adjustable Pallet Racking
This is the type of pallet racking which is most commonly used as a storage solution for businesses. The racking is placed in aisles which allow standard machinery to operate, picking and placing pallets where required. An advantage of this type of racking is that all of the pallets are accessible, making logistics easier.
The fact that standard machinery can be used makes this type of pallet racking one of the most cost effective. Not only will the company not have to invest in new slimline machinery, but in the event of a mechanical failure, a replacement forklift or reach truck can be easily sourced, therefore minimising production loss.
Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking
Narrow aisle pallet racking systems are the same as conventional aisle ones in the way that they are created, however, the space between the rows of racks is reduced. This is advantageous for storage facilities which have limited space.
However, as the aisles are narrower, you will need specialist machinery to pick and load the pallets off and on the shelves as standard equipment will not have enough room to manoeuvre.
Drive-In Pallet Racking
Drive-in pallet racking differs to narrow and conventional aisle racking in that not all of the pallets are accessible at the same time. This type of racking system works on a last in, first out (LIFO) basis. It is best used for seasonal products such as Christmas decorations, or for food products which are seasonal in nature so the stores are filled and emptied rapidly.
As not all of the pallets are accessible at the same time, this racking system is best for items where the order which they are removed from storage does not matter e.g. having lots of stock of the same thing. The way that it is created means that it has a high capacity, making it a good choice for small warehouses and storage facilities.
If you think that your business could benefit from a pallet racking system, call Stakapal on 01523278123 for a free quote.