Posted on 24th September 2020
Pallets have long been used to store goods in places such as warehouses, storage and distribution centres, retail centres and manufacturing facilities. If the business has goods that can generally be stored by stacking them on top of one another then pallets offer the ideal storage solution. It is a simple process of stacking the goods on the pallets and then stacking pallets on top of each other within a rack. However, rather than simply storing pallets wherever a space can be found, many businesses opt for the much more effective and efficient solution of drive in pallet racking.
The idea behind drive-in pallet racking is that aisles are provided through which a forklift can drive to have access to the pallets, usually stored on guide rails along the racks. The racks can be as high as 11 metres and there are no aisles between individual racks meaning that more of the available space is used in the storage facility.
With operating lanes between groups of racks, it is easy for the forklift operator to load and unload the necessary pallets. The last in, first out principle is often adopted in the process of drive-in pallet racking and is the usual storage method for systems that have one entry point and one exit point. The last pallet put on the rack is expected to be the first one required, so certain logistical procedures have to be adhered to.
It allows for maximum storage per cubic metre and it limits the need for stock rotation, which is suitable for those dealing in seasonal or low variation merchandise.
It is ideal for those with chill or cold storage requirements.
It is perfect for those who sell their goods in bulk.
Pallets can be quite heavy so it is imperative that health and safety procedures are adhered to at all times.
Staff must be made aware of the danger of climbing on pallets that are stored on racks.
Visible warning signs must be used to prevent accidents.
Suitable forklift trucks are required.
Businesses planning to implement drive-in pallet racking should invest in good quality equipment from a reputable supplier that is designed to meet their specific requirements and adheres to all relevant safety guidelines.
If you want to maximise your warehouse space through the use of second hand or new pallet racking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0800 345 7088 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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