In a competitive global marketplace, choosing the right racking system is critical to make a warehouse efficient. Racking systems are a critical component of contract warehousing. A basic pallet rack consists of upright frames connected by steel beams. There are two different types of racking systems used in general warehousing. The different types of racking systems are low-density racks and high-density racks. Below examines the differences between the two different type of racking systems.
Low-density racks are the most common and least expensive in contract warehousing. The most common low-density rack is a single-deep rack system. A single-deep rack system is only one pallet deep. This type of configuration allows operators unimpeded access to every stored pallet via an aisle. A double-deep rack stores one pallet in front of another. The double-deep rack is considered less flexible and requires a deep-reach lift truck to access loads.
When pallets are stacked on in front of the other, sometimes up to four or five deep, they are called high-density. The shape of a high density rack looks similar to a Rubik’s Cube. High-density racks come in two forms, the drive-in and the drive-through system. Both use the idea of a cube to allow for more storage. The cube configuration is the most efficient method of storage in contract warehousing. High-density racks work well when storing large quantities of the same product. Beams across the bays are left off so operators are able pull in to and back out of the cube.
A drive-in rack differs from a drive-through in a few different ways. A drive-in system is only accessible from one side. A drive-through system is accessible on two sides. With access to both sides of the cube, pallets in a drive-through system can be loaded from one side and emptied from the other.
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