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How to select the shelving + racking setup that’s right for you!

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When it comes to industry beliefs around centres and the ways in which they think about rack design, there are two simple distribution categories used to distinguish the types of racks used within their warehouses.

Both safety practices and risk mitigation are not nice-to-haves, they are must-haves and solution development. Aside from enforcing standards to ensure the safety practices surrounding maintenance and reconfiguration of racks, the very need to increase efficiency is changing the way racks are designed. The combined pressures erode commoditisation of rack systems, since the number of storage locations, aisle width and slab designs provide nowhere near enough information to properly specify a storage system.

According to Walter Scremin, general manager of Ontime Group, in order to boost safety, achieve compliance and cut costs, the design of racks and storage media must match the application as closely as possible.

“Successful rack users start with the rack system when designing any new facility. If a main part of your business is storage and handling, you should consider the rack before you even start with the building. But many people still try to fit the rack to the building. It’s like buying a sports car and then asking your wife and kids to get in. You should have bought a minivan.”

"It's important to create flexibility when you are managing the distribution of the shelves and racks -everything from the number of vehicles and drives to the height and width of the product becomes vital information within the process of setting up a warehouse."

Between codes and the desire for optimum efficiency and productivity, rack systems benefit from a detailed exchange of information throughout a given project. Here are several different examples of racking and shelving systems used within the industry:

Selective Pallet Racking

Selective Pallet racking is the most commonly used racking system in warehousing. This is for a number of reasons, most commonly this type of racking is the most cost effective and allows the user direct access to all products and is the most easily installed out of all the types of racking.

Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow aisle racking is selective racking but with much narrower aisles. Narrow aisle racking is beneficial for warehouses that operate with man-down or man-up lift trucks that are easily able to navigate their way through the narrow aisles. These types of racking systems are a great way to maximise the amount of space that you have in the warehouse, plus they can make the most of the vertical space.

Drive-In Racking

Drive-In Racking is designed for maximum use of floor space. Drive-in is very similar in principle to block stacking with the exception that the product is not stored on top of the bottom pallet. The racking is designed to hold the pallet above from the pallet below. Drive-in racking is designed in lanes, with the depth of the lane and how many pallets high is determined by the product. i.e. A block of Drive-in racking may be 6 lanes wide x 6 pallets deep and 3 pallets high.

Carton Flow Racking

Carton flow racking is a comprised of a bed of rollers installed in double entry selective racking. The bed uses a series of roller/ wheel trays which are designed to easily and efficiently move stock. This type of racking is used by businesses that need stock to be hand-loaded, picked and sorted. All aspects of the roller trays can be customised to suit user needs.

Heavy Duty Racking

Heavy duty racking is designed to hold and store heavy duty items, such as large pieces of steel. This type of racking is also able to accommodate wide loads.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is used for predominately storing long products like steel rods, plastic piping, lengths of timber etc. The racking is a series of columns with arms protruding designed specifically for long products. Cantilever racking is made exactly to user requirements, which will ultimately increase the amount of storage space that is available.

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