Space Saving Industrial Racking Systems
Warehouses increasingly need to save space. With consumers
buying more and more items, warehouses have more and more product to store. At
the same time, soaring building costs make renting or building more space cost
prohibitive for many businesses.
To that end, space saving industrial racking systems are a
must. Whether they enable warehouses to store more product in the same area,
allow for narrower aisles, or eliminate aisles altogether, they all have one
thing in common: They help warehouses make the most out of the space they have.
Pallet Flow Warehouse
Industrial racking systems that maximize storage and minimize
space include pallet flow warehouse racking solutions. These systems consist of
gravity rollers that automatically move pallets from the loading side of the
shelves to the picking side.
As a result, these systems allow for first in, first out (FIFO)
picking of inventory while doubling or even tripling available storage space.
They also cut down on labor because the system moves the pallets into picking
position automatically, rather than requiring any physical handling of the pallets
to get them to the right location.
This pallet racking system does require the use of
aisles. However, thanks to its high density storage capacity (it can store
between 8 and 20 pallets at a time), the aisles become less of an
inconvenience. Instead, the system can increase overall storage capacity in the
warehouse while maintaining aisles and without requiring any space expansion
within the facility.
A pushback warehouse racking system is similar to a pallet flow
system in that the pallets are moved automatically through the system. It
differs from a pallet flow system in that the forklift loads the pallet in the
front of the system and in that it uses a last in, first out (LIFO) system.
As the pallet is loaded, it pushes the pallet in front toward
the back of the shelving unit. As pallets are removed, the reverse occurs, and
the pallets in back move toward the front. The process is similar to choosing
milk from the shelf of a grocery store: The milk in back moves forward when you
remove a gallon and place it in your cart.
The pushback warehouse racking system requires aisles. However,
it can hold up to 6 pallets deep on the shelf. Thanks to this high-density
storage, warehouses can store significantly more product in the same space. As
an added benefit, pushback shelving preserves pick faces, making it easy to
store multiple SKUs.
Drive-in warehouse racking systems are not as efficient as
pushback or pallet flow systems because they require more time for loading and
unloading pallets. However, they can reduce square footage requirements (or
boost storage capacity) by up to 35 percent.
They work as a series of bays. Forklifts can drive into the bay
to deposit the pallets at the back of the shelving unit. The unit can be fully
loaded, from the front to the back, providing extremely high density storage
without requiring the use of aisles or additional square footage. They provide
LIFO organization to products and are generally best suited for warehouses that
need to store a limited number of SKUs.
If you have ever been in a library where you moved the shelving
open and closed with the turn of a handle, then you are familiar with the
concept of movable shelving. Similar industrial racking systems are available
Mobile industrial shelving allows you to save on
space by closing the shelving unit when it is not in use. When product removal
is necessary, the shelving can be opened, the pallet removed, and the shelving
closed again. This system may not be the most time efficient, since it takes
time to open and close the shelving. However, it is one of the most space
saving options when it comes to industrial racking systems.
Narrow Aisle Forklifts
Finally, there are machines, rather than shelving units, that
can also help warehouses to save on space. These machines are narrow aisle
forklifts. Designed to turn on a much smaller radius than traditional
forklifts, they can be used in narrower spaces.
While purchasing these machines is an investment, it is much
cheaper than building more space or moving to a larger and more expensive
storage area. As a result, they can serve as a smart solution for warehouses
looking to expand their storage capacity in their current space. Many of these
machines can reduce required aisle space from about 12 feet to about 8 feet, or
Space saving industrial racking systems are the way to go for
warehouses looking to maximize the use of their current space. These systems
store more pallets in the same space, reduce the need for aisles, or reduce the
space required between aisles. As a result, they can increase your storage
capacity significantly. If you need more space in your warehouse, try the
pallet flow system, pushback system, drive-in system, and even try narrow aisle
Here at Darr Equipment, we can provide you with warehouse solutions and machinery to meet your
needs. Reach out today to find out what you can use to maximize space in your