Various Pallet Racking Systems

By: Reheen Guin | Posted: 31st August 2010

Pallet Racking is a materials handling storage aid system designed to store materials on pallets or skids.

There are many varieties of pallet racking and all types allow for the storage of palletized materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels. In all cases pallet racking increases storage density of your materials and the least dense being Selective racking and the densest being Drive In racking. Pallet racks are a ubiquitous element in most modern warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail centres, and other storage and distribution facilities.

Below are the 3 most popular versions available…….

Selective Pallet Racking - The most common type of Pallet Racking
Providing maximum storage flexibility and versatility, this is the most common type of pallet racking. This racking system allows easy access to every pallet and can be serviced by most types of Forklift Trucks. Where flexibility, speed and pallet availability are your main criteria then this relatively low cost system would be an ideal solution. It can be designed to handle virtually any pallet size or weight and can be readily adjusted or relocated at any time. Suiting a wide range of applications pallets can be located, accessed and moved individually, providing rapid handling of palletized goods.

When considering Selective pallet racking for your needs there are several parameters that would help you choose the most effective system. The type and limitations of the Forklift truck that you are using, lift height, turning circle and load capacity of the truck will need to be considered. The building that you are warehousing in, floor loading and roof height will affect your design and also the size and weights of the pallets that you will be storing in the racking

Drive In Racking - High Density Storage
Drive-In Pallet Racking has been designed specifically for high density storage of palletized, homogeneous products to enable maximum space utilization and economic warehouse storage. Drive-In Racking can be used in a wide range of environments and applications including general warehousing, cold storage and distribution centres offering many benefits in safety, operation and flexibility. This is the lowest cost solution for high density pallet storage and is cost effectively serviced by a range of Forklift trucks including Counterbalanced and Reach trucks. An ideal system for "last in", "first out" (LIFO) storage normally suited to large quantities of the same product.

Drive-Thru Pallet Racking has entry points at both end of the structure and is different from Drive-In Racking which has a common entry and exit point. A Drive-Thru racking system with two different entry points can utilize a "first in", "first out" (FIFO) storage method. With a FIFO system, pallets are loaded in one end and are pushed back to the other end, where they are then at the front of the row on the opposite side. The first pallet put into such a row is the first one taken out at the other end. This system is advantageous for material with an expiration date or wherever shelf life is a major concern.

Cantilever Racking - For Long awkward items
If you are storing long awkward items like timber, steel, sheeting, piping or even furniture and white goods then this racking system could be the ideal solution for your requirements. Cantilever racking can be configured as double sided or single sided and in most instances is custom made to suit your needs. Considerations are rack height, overall maximum load on each storage level, rack length and double or single sided. In most systems the Cantilever arms are easily adjusted to give you the flexibility to store different items.

For more information on various Pallet Racking Systems please visit our website or contact us on +61 8 8345 1266 or Toll free on 1800 83 84 85 or email
This article is free for republishing
Printed From:

Back to the original article

Tags: forklift truck, pallets, effective system, skids, forklift trucks