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How To Choose Your Industrial Warehouse Racking

The racking system in your warehouse facility serves as the entire framework for your operation. When choosing an industrial warehouse racking option, you need racking solutions that are ideal for your space and built to last.
The first step is to examine the space and decide if shelving or racking is predominately needed. For larger areas, larger items, or high product flow, industrial warehouse racks will probably be the most effective and efficient option.
The next step is to decide which style of rack, or combination of styles, is the best solution for your space. Industrial warehouse racking areas do not have to be limited to one type or size. There are various options to choose from – exploring all of the options is the best way to customize your warehouse in order to maximize your industrial space.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding on industrial warehouse racking:
• What items will be stored here?
• Am I storing on pallets?
• What are my product flow requirements?
• What is my available storage area including elevation?
• Will I be utilizing a vehicle such as a forklift?
• What type of environment am I storing in (humid, freezer, etc.)?

Your warehouse racking layout can include a small part of your space, or used to furnish your entire warehouse. With a wide range of options to choose from, customizing your industrial warehouse racking to maximize density and efficiency will be a breeze. It can also be combined with various material handling storage solutions in order to suit your needs.

Industrial Warehouse Racking Options

Selective pallet racking & Drive-in racking

Selective pallet rack is ideal for warehouses or distribution centers with continuous product circulation or that require access to all palletized items simultaneously. Pallets are loaded and unloaded from the front in selective pallet rack systems.

Drive-in and drive-through rack is ideal for storing large quantities of homogeneous products, products with long life spans, and products that require large, one-time moves. For drive-in racks, lift trucks load and unload by entering through the front of the system and then backing out, making it a last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management option. In drive-through racks, lift trucks are able to enter through both ends of the system for loading and unloading, allowing for a first-in, first-out (FIFO) storage option. Drive-through racks are a convenient option, but require an additional aisle.

Cantilever racking & Push back racking

Cantilever rack is ideal for easily storing and retrieving products with varying weights, lengths, and sizes, such as lumber, furniture, and plumbing. Cantilever systems do not require uprights, allowing for easy product accessibility and selectivity paired with high down-aisle density. Cantilever systems offer easy arm adjustability, providing a full range of loading capabilities that can be customized to your storage application.

Push back rack is ideal for warehouses and distribution centers that require access to multiple groups of SKUs simultaneously, as well as freezer and cooler environments. This industrial warehouse racking option is designed for last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management. The rack supports carts that move along inclined rails. Push back systems utilize the warehouse cube to reduce required aisle space and maximize product storage, making it a high-density pallet storage solution. A variety of layout configurations are available with variable bay widths to accommodate single-wide or double-wide pallet rows.

 

Carton flow racking & Pallet flow racking

Carton flow rack is ideal for storing materials with expiration dates such as food and beverage, materials that vary in size, and freezer or cold storage applications. It is also a practical option for high volume case-pick and piece-pick applications, as the products are continuously available to the pickers working on the system. This industrial warehouse racking option designed for warehouses and distribution centers that require first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management and can be configured it many different ways, making it highly customizable. The rack supports inclined rollers or wheels that allow cartons to glide from the back (loading) aisle to the front (picking) aisle. Brakes can be included for speed control. These gravity systems provide excellent volume utilization.

Pallet flow rack is ideal for materials with expiration dates, freezer or cold storage, food and beverage storage, and materials that vary in size, similar to carton flow rack. It is designed for larger inventory movement on pallets and utilizes first-in, first-out (FIFO) product management. This industrial warehouse racking option supports inclined rollers or wheels that allow cartons to glide from the back (loading) aisle to the front (picking) aisle. These gravity systems provide excellent volume utilization and brakes can be included for speed control.

 

REB Storage Systems International offers standard and customized racking options nationwide. Our Project Management and Engineering Team are trusted professionals who will work with you every step of the way; from designing the optimal storage solution for your needs, managing subcontractors, shipping co-ordination, installation and final permitting. After your system is complete, we can recommend ideal Material Handling Products that will help your operation run more efficiently.

We also stock a large inventory of used industrial storage racks.

For advice on which is the best industrial warehouse racking option is right for your storage needs, simply submit a form or give us a call at 800-252-5955.