Different kinds of lift equipment, and sometimes even inventory, call for different layouts. At KMH we carefully work with you to be sure you are investing the optimized racking system for your operation.
Before your company spends significant chunks of the budget for a system that isn’t a true solution, KMH can help you choose the best racking system for your company.
What we help you consider and factor into your decision:
– Your max spend for a racking solution
– The total floor space and ceiling height available for pallet storage
– Number of different products for which you need rack storage
– Frequency with which you need to access products in your racks
– Shelf life of your products
– What kind of truck access you’ll need including lift height
Below are a few racking options you can consider in deciding which one is right for your needs…
Cantilever is defined as “a beam anchored at one end only”. The load is held by the arm which transfers the load to the supporting upright beam/base. Cantilever racking is primarily used for storage of bulky, over-sized, long loads such as timber, plasterboard, steel trusses & piping, PVC carpet.
Drive In Pallet Rack
Drive In Pallet Racking is installed in warehouses and distribution centers that need a cost effective, high density storage solution for their pallets and products. Because of its design, drive-in pallet rack is a first in, last out (FILO) storage system. Drive in racking is best used with a large quantity of like-products that are not time sensitive, to best utilize warehouse space. Warehouse access aisles are kept to a minimum with drive-in rack, often allowing users to achieve double or more storage capacity.
Push Back Rack
Push back racks allow for fork lifts to deposit loads more quickly. The newest loads push the previous items back up the incline to instantly create the space needed to keep items safely on the rack without the need to remove items or reorganize your racks to make room. It also cuts down on travel time for the forklift operator, meaning your operations will flow more efficiently and place less stress on your workers and equipment.
Pallet Flow Rack
Pallet flow rack systems act as a sort of pallet conveyor for your warehouse. Pallets are loaded from one side and picked from the other, while the rest of the work is done by heavy-duty rollers. This has the potential to save both time and labor. Pallet flow rack systems also save time by offering immediate access to every product stored on the system, meaning you won’t have to pull any pallets simply to gain access to other pallets.
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The type of pallet storage that best fits your needs is determined by a number of factors. A few of these factors include:
How much floor space is available in your facility for pallet storage?
How high are your ceilings?
What type of pallets do you use and what are the sizes?
How many different SKUs will be stored in the racks?
How often do you need to access the pallets?
What type of fork truck will you use to access the racks? What is the lift height of these fork trucks?
Now that you better understand your requirements, let’s take a quick look at the common types of pallet storage and the advantages/disadvantages of each.
Drive-In Pallet Rack
Drive-in racking is a type of storage system that allows fork trucks to drive directly into a bay. Pallets rest on side rails rather than cross beams, which leaves the face of the bay open. The uprights are typically tied together at the top of the upright to add rigidity to the system. The only difference between drive-in and drive-through racks is whether there is an entrance at only one end (drive-in) or both ends (drive-through).
Push Back Pallet Rack
Using a forklift, pallets are pushed back on inclined rails mounted inside the racking structure. As a pallet is withdrawn, the pallet behind automatically slides to the front position.
Gravity Flow Rack
Gravity racking allows for easy sorting and distribution of commonly used SKUs, and is excellent for large volume SKU movement. Gravity flow rack also helps employees avoid injuries by keeping them further away from the forklifts that are operating on the input side of the aisle.
Cantilever is ideal where ‘open face’ entry is needed. A free standing storage system with load bearing arms extending from vertical columns. This design allows for instant access to one piece or a full load and can be adapted for light to heavy loads.
Double Deep Rack
The most obvious advantage of double deep pallet rack is its potential to increase storage density and maximize warehouse space. The ability of double deep pallet rack to eliminate unneeded aisles means more warehouse space can be used for storage.
One of the most valuable benefits of pallet racking systems is its space-saving nature. The benefit of being able to easily access your pallets will help increase productivity and decrease frustration. Pallet racking provides easy access to inventory which will help your workers work better.
From pallet racks to drive-in racks, whatever your warehouse or distribution center needs in industrial racks, we can help you find the best solution at the best prices! Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.
Every warehouse has different needs and fulfillment processes based on their product and end customer. Depending on your type of inventory and order flow, there are multiple racking options to fit your specific needs. Is your warehouse fraught with non-standard products that are over-length, bulky, and creating chaos on your storage floor? You can maximize your available space with a simple rack system.
Whether you need upright frames for vertical storage or load beams to store heavy cargo, machinery and other weighted objects KMH has you covered. Your warehouse operation is only as profitable as your ability to fulfill orders efficiently. We have what you need, and will present you with all your available options to increase your ROI.
We can help you choose the perfect rack for your forklift fleet and employee productivity needs. You aisle width is extremely important when considering how to access your products via forklift.
We help you design the perfect ways to add extensions to existing uprights or buy taller uprights to make maximum use of available clear height. Extensions can be bolted onto existing frames to provide as much height as is necessary. Mezzanines can provide space for dense shelving necessary for slow movers.
Move Beam Levels and Change Pallet Profiles
Attention to pallet dimensions can allow some facilities to position beam levels so that no more than 4-6” is wasted for pallet lift-off. Often an entire additional beam level of storage can be created by reducing wasted beam spacing.
Make It Narrow
Dramatic increases in pallets stored per cubic foot can be achieved by converting to Narrow Aisle stand-up trucks. You can even go as efficient as Very Narrow Aisle equipment that uses roughly 60” aisles. We help you space out your operation so it is lean and clean.
Slow Mover Solutions
Carton, or case flow rack, pick modules and horizontal carousels also offer high density piece picking alternatives. Stack-racks may help reduce the footprint of bulky items. Deep reach, push-back, drive-in and pallet flow systems all increase storage density. Slow movers, seasonal products, multiple pallets per SKU items, etc. all are great places to start looking for storage alternatives. Other high density options include Mobile Aisle systems, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS), Mini-Load systems. Vertical storage options include Vertical Lifts, also called Shuttles, and Vertical Carousels.
Even in a small warehouse slotting to reduce wasted travel time can have a big impact in storage and retrieval time. Remember that often the most expensive part of picking an order is the labor to pick it.
Keeping your ROI at maximum can be accomplished with ease and our 40 years of experience. Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.
Pallet racks have helped many organizations eliminate new building costs, moving to new warehouses and easily decrease operational costs by maximizing their floor space. It is very important to have a system to store to retrieve stock, and it is imperative to be sure you invest your money and energy into a system that is right for you. KMH has over 30 years of experience helping companies do just that.
Racking is the best system to use if you want to utilize your space no matter how big or small you may be. KMH has worked with every spaces of all shapes and sizes, and we can help you design the perfect system to fit your current and future needs. From systems that are taller than they are wider, to anything that will take up a very small amount of space. If you use forklifts in your facility we have a racking system to match your operation perfectly as well. Forklifts can move around with relative ease when your facility’s space is properly maximized. Pallet flow racking is also extremely cost effective when you consider how much product you can store in a given area.
At KMH We Help You Consider
- Cost of materials and installation
- Placement of building doors and columns
- Storage design
- Floor space and building height
- Desired storage density
There are many varieties of pallet racking, and all types allow for the storage of palletized materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels. Forklift trucks are usually required to place the loaded pallets onto the racks for storage. Always ensure that the proper equipment is being used for the moving any pallets off and onto your new racking system.
Different kinds of lift equipment, and sometimes even inventory, call for different layouts. At KMH we carefully work with you to be sure you are investing the optimized racking system for your operation. As an example, movable pallet rack systems operate on mobile carriages that eliminate unused aisle space and can nearly double you storage capacity. Flexible and adaptable, movable systems work within almost any building support or ceiling restrictions and can be reconfigured easily if needs change.