If your company has determined a need for pallet racking, perhaps to replace damaged upright frames or to create additional storage, doing an internet search for “warehouse pallet racking” will produce a high number of results. Pallet racking selection for your application can be overwhelming.
Before meeting a storage & handling specialist, it is beneficial to review your current process for moving product and any challenges to eliminate.
Pallet Racking Selection
Where do you plan to store the product?
The designated location will determine the length, width and height of the pallet racking. Take note of obstacles preventing easy access or safe equipment operation, including overhead obstacles such as heaters. If you know the number of pallets you need to store, ensure the location allows for this amount of space.
What types of forklifts are in use?
The types of forklifts available will dictate the aisle width between pallet racking. For example, a sit-down counterbalance forklift will need a larger aisle compared to a stand-up reach truck and this may decrease the amount of installed pallet racking. Determine if you must use the forklifts already at the facility or if you will budget for a unit that may be more effective than your current equipment.
How large are the pallets?
The size of the pallet will determine how many pallets can be stored on each shelf of pallet racking; however, you must adjust dimensions if you have product overhang. If you have multiple pallet sizes, consider pallet racking options that allow for flexibility or even maneuverable forklifts like the Aisle-Master Very Narrow Aisle forklift.
What is the weight of your pallet?
Record the weight of your heaviest pallet to determine proper storage capacity to handle the load. The density of the product may also give you the option to double-stack the product.
How is your product distributed?
Your pallet racking must be built to handle distribution processes in the warehouse. If your process is First In First Out (FIFO), pallet racking options are different than Last In First Out (LIFO) process. If your production has a busy season, determine if the product can be stored in bulk.
Interested to increase your warehouse storage using pallet racking? Contact us to schedule an appointment with a storage & handling specialist. Or, learn more about ProLift’s storage & handling capabilities.