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If you own a warehouse, then you understand just how important it is to keep everything inside it up to date and working properly. Doing so is the best way to ensure safety amongst yourself and your employees. With that being said, is your warehouse due for new or updated racking systems?

The right warehouse racking is essential for maintaining productivity and efficiency. However, making the best decision on what type of racking system to purchase can become difficult if you don’t know the difference between the types. With so many different styles and options to choose from, it’s important to read up on a few tips to help you choose the right one for you.

Here’s what you need to know!

Factors to Consider

There are a few factors to consider that should help you narrow down your selection. For starters, let’s begin with a few questions that you should ask yourself. 

  1. What kind of items will you be storing?
  2. What are the product flow requirements?
  3. Will I need to use a vehicle such as a forklift?
  4. Will I be storing pallets?
  5. What type of environment will I be storing items in?
  6. How much space is available including elevation for storing these items?

It’s best to ask yourself these questions and have a solid understanding of their answers before deciding on the racking system that’s right for you. The racking system that you choose should be made to increase both your productivity and efficiency. 

For example, you can use a racking system that only uses a portion of your warehouse, or you can have a racking system that utilizes your entire warehouse. After you ask yourself these questions, consider the following factors:

Storage Density

The first factor you want to consider is how deep-lane storage can really help with cube utilization inside your warehouse. Some examples of deep-lane storage racking systems include drive-in racks, push-back racks, and pallet flow.

Picking Profiles

You need to know what your ordering process looks like. Take the time to think about your orders. Ask yourself if you’re picking pieces, cases, or pallets. Are your orders bulk orders?

All of the answers to these questions have an effect on what type of racking system you select. 

Rack Decking

If you have a variety of pallet types within your warehouse, which there’s a good chance you do, then you need to consider the extra steps you need to take to ensure safety. Additional rack components such as decking and support pallets might be needed to avoid these problems.

Forklift Access

You also need to keep in mind that when selecting your racking system, you need to install it in a way that your forklift can access them with ease. You want to have a minimum of 6 to 12 inches to the right angle of the stacking aisle to ensure that you can move the forklift around without causing damages.

The Seismic Zone

Before selecting the rack structure that you want and installing it inside your warehouse, be sure to know the state laws and codes. You should also look into your local and federal codes as well. The seismic zone has to follow these codes, so they should be understood before installing a rack structure. 

Types of Racking Systems 

Now that you know some factors to consider before making your selection, it’s time to review the different options that you have. Here’s what to look for between the different types of racking systems. These are a few of the many options that you have.

1. Roll-Formed Racks 

Roll-formed racks are made of cold-rolled steel. Cold-rolled steel racks are formed without using heat and done within room temperature. With this type of rack, you’ll get more consistent shapes.

2. Structural Racking

Structural racking is easier to form as it uses heat to do so. However, after the process is complete, the dimensions of it might shrink as it cools. This type of racking is more durable and stronger than others. 

3. Pallet Flow Racks

Pallet flow racks are ideal when storing items that need to be kept cold or have expiration dates. For example, some of these items include food and beverages. This racking system works with first-in, first-out product management. 

4. Drive-In Racking 

Drive-in racking is another great option for large volumes of just a few different products. This system is ideal for cold and dry goods that can be stored away for a last-in, but the first-out manner. 

5. Push Back Racks

If you’re a food distributor, then you’ll appreciate the push back racks. These racks allow you to keep your current forklifts as they make it easy for you to access your products quickly and with ease. These systems racks provide a high storage density and a quick rotation. 

6. Cantilever Racks 

The cantilever racks are ideal for storing products of different products of various weights and other features. These systems don’t require uprights, meaning this makes accessing and selecting your products a breeze. They also provide easy arm adjusting, which makes your loading capabilities endless.

Which Warehouse Racking System Is Right for You?

After reading through this guide, do you know which warehouse racking system is right for you? Ask yourself the questions listed above, and don’t forget to take the necessary factors into consideration.

When everything is said and done, and you’ve browsed through our list of racking systems, be sure to contact us with any questions that you might have regarding the selection process.