Pallet Racking System Choices and Structures

The type of pallet racking system you choose has direct relation to your warehouse throughput, operation and optimization. Finding a pallet racking manufacturer that can give you all the correct options based on the type of warehouse, the type of operation, and the type of product you have is the key for running a smooth operation. In last blog we focused on frozen food operation and storage. Pacific Bend provides material handling consultant and engineers that can facilitate these selections to make sure your warehouse will operate smooth and efficient. Let’s review some of these pallet racking options and structural choices.

Warehouses are usually designed either as low density or high density structure and operations. Warehouse density is one of the most important factor when considering the type of warehouse racking system you need. Density is all about how tightly you can store your products in the warehouse and why you need to store them tightly. At first it seems every warehouse can be high density to save money and space, however, depending on the operation of the warehouse, products, ordering, picking and shipping that is not always the case. For example, it is expensive to keep a warehouse cold. Hence high density warehouse is more appropriate when cooling systems also operate in the warehouse. However, if you must manage your products individually after a bulk shipment and look for them through the warehouse, a dense warehouse might not be appropriate.

Once we are sure about the density we can then move to the style and structure of storage, the picking system and other material handling needs. Warehouses with huge turnover of inventories usually have the highest density. Frozen food was an example in our last blog.

Warehouses with lower turnover such as auto parts and/or retail may not need high density structure. What is more important in these types of warehouses is better access, picking and timely ordering and processing. They are sometimes called time critical operations. Bulk shipment might need to be stored and then repackaged to customer specification. A high density warehouse does not fit to this type of operation. Better accessing, picking and timely operations is more needed.

Once you are sure about the density, and deepening on this density requirements, you can analyze and choose a more appropriate racking system. Another important factor is the shipping requirements. Pacific Bend Inc. engineers can then design the racking system that fits the best for your warehouse. This could be Pushback, drive-in or even dynamic flow pallet racking systems. Or even a combination might be more efficient for your business. For example drive in racking system can increase density better. Drive in racking system can effectively handle a larger group of pallets at one time. It is less efficient if your operation must handle individual pallets one at a time.

Since Pacific Bend Inc. manufacturers its own Tear Drop Pallet Racks, it can produce the larges selection and size Pallet Racking system. Pacific Bend Inc. offers Drive-in pallet racking, Pallet Flow or Dynamic Racking, and Push Back Racking. Our Teardrop racking systems are protected by a high quality powder coat finish.

Pacific Bend Inc. has also AutoCAD Engineering Services, including management of city permitting. We specialize in Turn-Key projects. This might include professional installation of complete warehouse storage systems. Since Pacific Bend Inc. is the original manufacturer of Pallet Racking, it can offer unbeatable pricing.