Rack systems are designed to meet a specific set of load and performance criteria based on the assumption that the components are intact and not damaged. Any time a component is damaged, the capacity/integrity of the system is reduced and compromised. Significant damage to a single component, or an accumulation of damage to multiple components in the system can lead to catastrophic failure putting employees at risk.
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Designing a new distribution center is a complicated process involving numerous factors that must be addressed to ensure success. After observing thousands of rack system project installations, below are a few common mistakes that we have seen made during the design process that either delay or slow the opening of the facility, or longer term affect the overall efficiency and safety of the facility.
When distribution facility operators are looking to densify their storage layout (store up to twice as many pallets in the same facility when compared with selective rack), many times Pushback Rack systems can be an excellent alternative. A pushback rack system is a LIFO system, normally composed of an inclined rail section that extends the full depth of the storage lane (typically from 2-6 pallets deep). There are a series of nested carts that the pallets rest on top of that roll on the rail system (either C channel or tube construction). For a two deep system, there will be one cart storage position and the final pallet rests on the rail, for a three deep system there are 2 cart storage positions and one rail storage position, etc.
There are many different types of pallet racking configurations that can be selected by end users depending on their storage needs. They range from low density selective rack all the way to high-density pushback , drive in, and pallet flow systems. Each configuration has advantages and disadvantages:
A pallet rack system’s basic function is to help warehouse operators to improve the storage density of their facilities by storing pallets vertically to make use of the vertical space in the warehouse efficiently. Pallet racks can be configured in a wide variety of ways to meet customer’s needs ranging from low density, high selectivity selective systems to high-density pushback, drive in and pallet flow systems.