Common Questions about Warehouse Racking

Maintaining a properly-installed system for warehouse racking is a quite important part of operating any business.

When a warehouse lacks a good racking system, this can be costly in several ways. It will take employees longer to find a product. This means more time involved, at your expense, It may take so long to locate and ship out an order that the customer will cancel, having found the product elsewhere with an earlier delivery date.

Warehouse Racking Inspections are not always positive unless the warehouse racking system is not so much the system itself but its overall safety.

When setting up a racking system for the first time, it is natural for the entrepreneur to have many questions. Here we shall attempt to address the most common questions that we hear from business owners who expect to maintain a warehouse racking system.

• Exactly what are warehouse racking systems?
Warehouse racks is a vague term for the different methods or systems you may set up for the storage of inventory.
• You say different. What are some of the different systems for warehouse racks?
There are a number of different systems in common use, all depending on your particular needs. Perhaps the most common system is often referred to as Selective Racks. This system of storage permits access from the aisle. Most commonly this type of racking will take advantage of smaller spaces by permitting more narrow aisles.
This sort of warehouse racking does require narrow-lift trucks.
• In our business, we require a rather high-density storage system. What is the best method for us?
Drive–in or drive-through storage systems would most likely be the best solution for your particular operation, This system of storage will allow the forklift operator to drive through to drive through, however, it should be noted that the forklift operator can drive only one way, each open space is designated as to direction since they will be one-way streets.
In your particular enterprise, you may choose this warehousing system. In this instance, you would be able to have high-density storage through the use of drive through-racks. These would permit an employee to drive through and pick up orders. This would entail a one-way street so to speak. However, the other side may be designated for driving in the opposite direction. and/or drive-through racks that allow the employee to drive by and pick up orders.
• What about Flow or Gravity Racks?
This system of racks is in common usage for high-density storage. Using this system, products are loaded at the higher end of the line and for removal, they are picked at the lower end. Through the use of rollers and gravity, products continue to roll down as far as possible.The advantage of this system is that it requires no electricity or other means to allow easy access to the product as needed.
• I have heavy bulk storage. What should I do?
For high-density storage of bulk product called Push Back Racking, is useful in that more than one pallet is used by adding a new pallet to the lot, the older pallet is moved to the front. This method will frequently make use of inclined ramps as well as double lanes.
• What else should I know about warehouse rack systems?
Space doesn’t permit an in-depth of every aspect or warehouse racking. However, It may be difficult to operate through the use of only one racking system and not at all necessary. It is often advisable to use more than one system as needed to suit a given warehouse racking system.
Therefore the entrepreneur should be ready to consider a more flexible warehouse racking system that will work best for him.