Every business, home and warehouse has unique racking requirements – the needs of no two spaces are the same. Whether you are setting up new premises from scratch, revamping an existing arrangement or expanding operations, it is important to carefully look over the requirements you have for racking solutions. Choosing the right racking takes time and proper planning; it is not a decision that can be rushed. You need to ensure that your storage goals are met and your workflow remains smooth and efficient. Here are some requirements to consider when in the market for a purchase of racking – whether new or second-hand.
The first thing to assess when looking at racking requirements is, very basically, what your storage needs are, or what they are likely to become over time. To this end, you need to calculate how much stock you currently have, and will likely obtain in the future. You also need to detail what kind of stock this is, and its weight, height and shape, as this can all affect the type of racking that you need to install.
You need to have a firm understanding of which stock moves fastest, as well as what your product flow, or rotation is like. Faster-moving stock generally needs to be stored in a racking arrangement that makes it easy to remove and stack. As part of this assessment, you need to know whether your stock is moved on a First In, Last Out (FILO) or First In, First Out (FIFO) basis. The former is well supported by a drive-in pallet racking setup, while the latter is best served by a drive-through system. Of course, you need to decide whether pallets are going to be used at all – and if so, what they weigh.
Other key questions to consider are whether you are using forklifts, and if so, what kind and height they are, how much floor space you have available, how much vertical space can be utilised, and what your budget is. Once all of these factors have been looked at, it is easier to decide what type of racking will best suit your needs.
While pallet racking is very commonly used, other types of racking, such as cantilever, may be needed for irregularly shaped stock like rolls, beams and timber. Pallet racking itself comprises many different sub-types. These include narrow aisle pallet racking, which really maximises storage space, the aforementioned drive-in and drive-through types, flow racking, which facilitates easy movement of stock, push-back pallet racking, which has a similar effect, and mobile pallet racking.
A final consideration when establishing racking requirements is the lighting, gas, water and fire prevention systems in the building– it is essential that these be kept clear. General safety regulations also need to be respected.
The task of selecting new racking may seem daunting, but speaking to a reputable company can help you understand your needs and find a custom solution to meet them. With our extensive experience and expertise, we are here to take care of your unique racking requirements – no matter what those may be.