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Pallet racking

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Pallet racking is a storage system used to storage palletised goods. The systems are designed to utilise the space available within warehouses vertically rather than horizontally.

There are many different types of pallet racking available on the market. These include:

  • Wide aisle racking
  • Multi-tier racking
  • Push back racking
  • Pallet live racking
  • Drive-in racking
  • Drive-through racking
  • Double deep racking
  • Very narrow aisle racking

In this article, we discuss the different types of pallet racking, allowing you to understand what system would be best suited to your warehouse and business requirements.

Wide aisle racking

This type of racking is self-explanatory. Each set of racking is separated by ‘wide aisles’ allowing an easy manoeuvre for trucks when collecting and depositing goods. Usually, this is installed into warehouses where space is not that much of an issue due to it taking up more room than other systems.

Multi-tier racking

This type of racking is recommended to business with hundreds and thousands of different SKUs such as online retailers or clothing stores/ brands or companies. It provides different levels of racking which are all accessible by walking to different floors and walkways, meaning it is manually functioning.

Push back racking

Pallets are loaded onto a roll track for this system. They are then further stored from the back of the system outwards. For this reason, this system works on FILO (first in, last out) basis.

Pallet live racking

This type of racking works on a first in, first out basis. The pallets travel down a lane which is designed to be controlled by brake rollers. These allow the pallets to move at a safe and efficient speed. Once the pallet reaches the picking destination, the truck will retrieve the pallet and from this, the pallet behind will move forwards.

Drive in and drive through racking

Drive in racking works on a first in, last out basis. The system works like block stacking. Similarly, drive through racking works in the same way but the pallets are accessible from both ends, rather than just the one.

Double deep racking

Essentially, there is two runs of pallet racking back to back to allow one pallet to be store behind the other to create ‘double deep’ racking.

VNA racking

This type of racking is the best way to optimise floor space in smaller warehouses. It create narrow aisles in between racks and specialist trucks have to be used for it to function correctly for this reason.