The importance of knowing your storage requirements
Selective pallet racking is the most common industrial racking used today because storage and retrieval of pallets is easy and fast. Different forklifts can be used in the system and the widths of aisles can be adjusted according to the mobile equipment that will be used. However, selective pallet racking does not always work for all kinds of requirements because it has a relatively low storage density. Keep in mind that the choice of industrial racking must be relevant to your particular type of product and the inventory management system. Selective pallet racking is the best option for FIFO (first in first out) inventory control while the push back racking is more applicable for LIFO (last in first out) rotation. However, push back system has a relatively higher cost per pallet position. If you have thousands of pallets for a large storage space, space costs will be highly relevant in the choice for storage system. The choice should not only be effective, it should not incur additional space costs.
Minimizing wasted space through industrial racking
A warehouse must always be properly organized in order to avoid wasted space. Well-designed industrial racking solutions will ensure that vertical space is maximized. The option to expand upwards is an obvious reality for warehouses and manufacturing facilities yet many insist on using floor space because it provides the best accessibility. Pallets that are stacked 2 to 4 deep high on the floor does not need the purchase of racking or shelving including forklifts which is a cost benefit. However, there is high potential for product damage and crushing. During peak season when inventory is at its highest, the floor will not provide an adequate space for storage. When industrial racking is used, there is no space wasted because of the vertical expansion. The pallet racking may require a certain amount of investment but it dramatically increases storage capacity while leaving the floor clean and clear from clutter. Vertical expansion also increases productivity because there are no obstructions on the floor that can impact on work flow and safety.
Most racking systems require expert installation for durability and safety. Remember that most racking systems require forklifts and constant day to day movement increase the potential for rack damage. It is critical to choose durable and heavy duty materials that can withstand the daily rigors of warehouse life. Steel is a particularly strong material and when used in pallet racking, it can handle the weight of machineries and equipment. Proper planning is fundamental to a warehouse design and this often requires the assistance of experts.