Are there different types of pallet rack? What can each of them be used for?
With a variety of different pallet racking options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which option is best suited for your company. This decision can have lasting effects on the productivity and operations of your business. At Diversified Rack & Shelving, we provide a comprehensive array of high-quality storage solutions meticulously designed to cater to your distinctive requirements. Let’s get started exploring what might work best for you and your business’s needs!
Let’s begin with drive-in and drive-thru racking. Although these types of rack are very similar, they have different uses and benefits for each business sector. Both drive-in and drive-thru racking systems allow a forklift to pass through the middle of the stacked rows, also known as a bay, to stock and remove products. The main difference between these two is the number of entry points within these bays. Drive-in racking only has one entry point in the bay, whereas, drive-thru racking has two entry points, one on either side of the bay.
Drive-in racking designed for efficient bulk storage is particularly well-suited for businesses that handle a wide variety of products. Specific industries that drive-in racking can excel within can include areas of high-density storage or seasonal inventory. By minimizing aisle space and emphasizing vertical storage, drive-in racking systems maximize space utilization and cater to industries like automotive manufacturing and food distribution. This approach ensures efficient storage while enabling easy access to stored items, contributing to smoother workflows and optimized warehouse space. Drive-thru racks are especially useful for products that have a specific shelf-life, or quick expiration dates. This system allows employees to quickly and efficiently be able to collect products that need to be moved in accordance with their shelf-life.
Push back rack is a type of racking system that utilizes a pair of inclined rails that hold up a series of carts. Push back rack is mainly used for maximizing storage space while also allowing for efficient stock rotation. The process of using a push back rack is simple: pallets are stocked and removed from the front side of the rack by using a forklift. To stock the pallets, they are placed on the highest cart, and as more pallets get stocked, the first pallets are pushed further back into the rack. When pallets are removed, the closest item to the aisle is first unloaded, and the other pallets once behind it move to the front of the aisle. Push back racking provides many different advantages to its users, including high-density storage, stock rotation, selective and customizable access, and more.
How do I know which of these types of rack is best suited for my business?
This decision can be very challenging and overwhelming. Here at Diversified Rack & Shelving, Inc., our skilled team of salesmen will help you figure out which system is best for you. Contact us today to get started on your free consultation!