What is pallet racking?
A pallet rack is a storage system for material held on pallets. The system is designed to allow easy access, usually by forklifts, to palatalised materials that are held in horizontal rows in a number of levels. This provides an ideal way of utilising your premises’ space by string materials upwards rather than across the floor space.
Pallet racking is one of the most popular storage systems in the market. Teepee offers a wide range of pallet racking systems that are easy to manage and work effectively in all working environments.
Why choose pallet racking?
Pallet racking is recommended to businesses with large loads of palletised goods and those who use warehouses. This is due to the racks ability to save huge amounts of space by storing upwards and their aptitude in being able to easily organise stock.
Types of pallet racking:
Wide aisle pallet racking consists of single or double runs of racking separated by a wide aisle which is usually 2500-4000mm. This type of racking allows counter-balance or reach trucks to operate within the aisle and also can incorporate accessories to suit your business. Some accessories include timber shelves for non-palatalised goods and skids.
We recommend multi-tier racking to businesses with large product portfolios and thousands of different SKU’s such as online retailers and clothing companies. Multi-tier racking is cost-effective compared to systems such as multi-tier mezzanine floors due to no added installation costs for walkways as they can be incorporated into the racking themselves.
Push back racking works on a first in last out (FILO) system where pallets are loaded on to a gravity roll track and then stored compactly in the full depth of the racking. When a front pallet is retrieved, the pallets behind it will move forward to the retrieval position and thus ready for the next collection.
Unlike push back racking, Pallet live work on a first in first out (FIFO) system. It works by each pallet travelling down a specially designed lane which are controlled by controlled brake rollers which keep the rack travelling at a moderate, safe speed. When the pallet reaches the picking face and system controls the unit and in turn allows the good to be retrieved.
Drive-in & drive-through
Drive-in racking again works on a FILO system and is similar to block racking. These racks are normally operated using a reach or counterbalance forklift and therefore decreased the need for specialised trucks.
Drive through racking is similar to drive-ins but allow the racks to be accessible from each end. This creates efficiency in your warehouse and allows for a more cost effective way of distributing working capital.
This type of racking utilises the space your warehouse provides. The systems consist of multiple rows within one component allowing 2-4 pallets to be stored one behind the other. Double deep racking does require a specialised truck to operate them as the truck has to be capable of placing on a pallet into the system first and then another in front of it.
Narrow aisle racking is the ideal way to optimise the floor space used. The aisles between narrow aisle racks are smaller compared to wide aisle racks and therefore are operated using specialised trucks such as VNA trucks which can operate in spaces of 1500mm.
Some ways pallet racking can benefit your business:
When growing your business, it is important to have the appropriate space and organisation methods in place in order to work efficiently. Meeting supply with demand is one of the most crucial ways to encourage growth as well as profit maximisation. Pallet racking will aid you here by not only organising stock to make it easily accessible but also providing an effortless way to delay depreciation of stock by protecting it from damage.
Matches your needs
Finding the ideal racking system for your business may be challenging, especially when you can’t seem to find the right size. With a pallet racking system, it allows you to easily adjust the racks to suit the space you have available and in turn save the costs of more racks when moving premises or changing the size of your business.
What can we do?
Due to the many types of pallet racking, it can be far from straightforward when trying to tackle the task of choosing the right one for your business yourself. This is why at Teepee we pride ourselves in always being there for our customers and guiding them to finding the perfect storage solution for their business. Choose from our many styles of pallet racking and find the appropriate storage system for your business. Contact us today to find the storage solution for you and your business.