To the uninitiated, all pallet racks look the same. But they do have different designs tailor-fit to address the requirements of each user. As far as storage options go, these handy prefabricated shelving units are still the go-to solution for most warehouses.
The Pallet Rack is quick to install, take down, and very flexible, which allows you to maximize the space of your warehouse.
According to data, the pallet rack market will be worth $3 billion by 2024 against the $2.1 million in 2019. The industry has a compound annual growth rate of six percent for the forecast period of 2019-2024.
Manufacturers are always thinking of ways to modify the design to make the standard Pallet Rack more efficient and versatile.
Nevertheless, here are some of the most common types of Pallet Rack you will see in the market today:
- Selective Racking — It is the most in-demand type of storage solution. That is because you can access the items from the pallet’s aisle. Meanwhile, the load beams ensure the integrity of the structure. It can also be easily customized, depending on your needs or the size of your space. When it comes to installation, everybody agrees that this is the most straightforward.
- Pallet Flow Racking — The pallet type is also called gravity flow. The system relies on the first-in and first-out (FIFO) approach. Under this system, the item that was placed on the shelf the longest should be the first item out should there be an order. The FIFO helps keep your inventory fresh. So, with the pallet flow, new loads will be stored out of reach, which forces workers to pull out the items at the lowest point of the rack.
- Cantilever Racking — If you are selling items that require long shelves, then cantilever racking is the ideal option for you. For instance, if you need to store pipes, steel rods, plastic moldings, you could not find a better solution than this. It is also unique in the sense that the front column is absent, which only maximizes the space. You can also easily access the items on the shelf.
- Drive-In Racking — Unlike FIFO, this type of Pallet Racking employs the Last-In and First-Out method. The design is also ingenious in the way it can guarantee the same amount of storage for fewer aisles. It is also the most cost-effective solution for the budget-conscious. As the name suggests, it enables workers to drive the forklifts to pull or put in items on the shelves.
- Carton Flow — The design also employs the FIFO method. The shelf rotates the items automatically through a rear load mechanism.
- Push Back — Similar to Drive-In, the Push Back system employs the LIFO method of management. So, if you have multiple items in your warehouse, the Push Back Racking is the perfect solution for you. When you load a pallet, you push back the next one on another rail. When you take out an item, the same pallet returns to its original position.
When choosing a pallet, you need to look at your requirements, staffing patterns, as well as the size of your warehouse. Fortunately, distributors can send in their experts to help you come up with a decision based on your needs.