Storage racks are an integral part of every warehouse. However, their use isn’t limited to large storage facilities and warehouses. Component based racking systems are the most popular storage systems used today. Over the last few decades, the complexity of storage systems has grown significantly.
The world of material handling runs at a fast pace, so warehouse managers need to consider the best type of storage rack that fits their needs. Material specifications and space optimization are two common considerations that must be made.
Two other considerations are the environment and location. If the correct storage rack isn’t chosen and considerations made, it can lead to a dramatic drop in operating efficiency. In the material handling world, such a drop in efficiency can be devastating.
What Types Of Storage Racks Are Available?
There are several types of storage racks to choose from, and each systems has its pros and cons. The pallet storage rack is one of the most popular types.
Almost all of today’s warehouse operations use this type of storage rack. There are several different varieties, such as pushback pallet racks, drive-through pallet racks, drive-in pallet racks, structural and roll-formed pallet racks.
The Cantilever Storage Rack
You’ll find a number of warehouses utilizing cantilever storage racks. These racks can store bulky, long or abnormally shaped materials, and it will make sure the materials are stored in an organized manner.
An issue with cantilever racks is that they don’t have a front column, so they aren’t very good at saving horizontal space. They also make clear frontal access to each individual storage level nearly impossible. However, they can store virtually any type of load in an organization manner.
Put simply, they can make materials easier to track and easy to access. Cantilever racks will expedite inventory control and make forklift loading and retrieval quite easy. Your unique situation will determine if cantilever storage racks are right for you.
Bulk or Widespan Storage Racks
These storage racks can work well for storing bulky items, such as loose product or boxes. They can work well for a wide range of industrial applications. A bulk rack can provide four way access to shelves and could be perfect for organizing or consolidating the areas of large manufacturing environments or offices.
Record Storage Racks
A lot of companies use record storage racks to store important documents. Since these are documents that require secure, safe storage, record storage racks are ideal for the job.
They’re available in a number of different configurations, depending on your specific situation. The last most common type of storage rack is called a gravity flow rack, and it’s great for distribution centers and operations that involve order picking.