Pallet racking is a popular, cost-effective, space efficient and highly adaptable storage system enabling the user to store palletised materials in horizontal rows. Built on multiple levels, stock is generally made accessible by forklift trucks. Pallet racking comes in a variety of formats, choosing the right system for your storage space is essential and depends upon the items you’re storing and your commercial objectives. Selecting a bespoke solution that meets your unique requirements is essential in making significant improvements to your business.
There are many benefits to using a racking system by WSL. By utilising valuable floor space, building height and volume your storage facility can be maximised to its full potential. By choosing the right racking system for your unique requirements you can reduce the risk of damage to stock, maintain flexibility when storing a variety of products, manage stock control and rotate stock as required, Pallet racking systems means you can gain fast access to the pallet you need whilst increasing efficiency and productivity.
Here at WSL our dedicated and experienced team will take time to understand your goals and asses your needs. Our extensive market knowledge and practical experience enables us to design and develop a bespoke system that is as unique as your business. Here at WSL we aim to maximise your available space and increase productivity through creating innovative and ‘outside the box’ solutions. We never make do with out of the box storage solutions. Our commitment to excellence, our portfolio and our recommendations provide our customers with confidence in our ability to deliver solutions that are not only superior, but very cost-effective. Our in-house services simplify the process from design to installation by giving you just one port of call. By continuing to remain independent across the whole market we commit to providing our valued customers with the highest quality, and wherever possible, British products all at competitive prices.
There are 7 common types of Pallet Racking:
An adaptable and accessible system standard Pallet racking uses wide aisles and allows unlimited access and availability to all stored items. This works especially well for use in self-service bays.
Narrow aisle racking systems still allow you to store your palletised items with easy of access yet minimise aisle sizes and therefore increase storage volume and maximise your current storage space.
Drive-in racking in pallet racking systems use a common entrance and exit and work on a LIFO (last in, first out) storage method. This can save in space and avoid possible building alterations by only requiring one exit and entry point.
Drive through racking systems have entry points at opposite ends of the bays and use a FIFO (first in first out) method of storage. Drive through systems are advantageous for those storing items with a limited shelf life or expiration date.
Push back racking increases storage density by storing items by depth not width. By storing the products on wheeled carts that fit onto slightly angled rails this system takes full advantage of gravity in aiding the movement of items, this proves beneficial when moving heavy and unusually shaped items. This system works on a FIFO (first in first out) method of storage and will reduce aisle sizes comparably to pallet live or drive in racking.
Alternatively named gravity flow or dynamic flow; pallet live racking storage systems allows pallets to be moved easily along a sloped plane aided by rails and rollers. The speed of the pallet is controlled by a complex braking and motion system. Pallet live systems can support both FIFO and FILO methods of stock rotation.
Mobile racking comprises conventional racking mounted on a steel framed base. The base is a diagonally braced structure, with electrically driven wheels that run along tracks set into the floor. The rows of pallet racks can be moved by remote control or button sideways along the floor tracks to create a ‘floating’ access aisle when and where they are needed. This motorised racking system is designed to maximise the use of your warehouse space, it can either reduce your current storage space or double the capacity of your current storage space saving on relocation costs and losses on the down-time incurred by moving premises.
If you are unsure on what storage system you require or have further questions regarding racking or our other storage systems do not hesitate to contact our friendly specialist team today. They will draw on their wealth of experience to advise you on the best solution to meet your unique storage needs.
As only 1 of 11 full SEMA members in the UK (WSL SEMA) and with extensive experience with Pallet Racking, we are uniquely positioned in our ability to design, manufacture & install your racking. From time to time we also share our experience within our news section.
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