As useful as pallets are in the handling, transportation and distribution of materials, they are equally essential in the efficient placement and storage of palletized goods. What’s so interesting for warehouse owners and inventory managers is the ultimate versatility of pallet rack systems.

The components of most pallet racks are its uprights, which are usually made from steel. These are combined with beams that serve as support for the decking and the materials that will be stored there. In this manner, the length and height of the storage bays, along with the general size and weight of the goods, help determine both the layout of the system and the strength required for its uprights and beams.

Along with the weight classification of the uprights — such as light- or heavy-duty — there’s also a mechanism for locking in the decking to the uprights. Many warehouses with a large selection of SKUs will employ a variety of decking materials, from open cantilevered supports to solid and wire decking.

Pallet Racking Benefits

The benefits of pallet racking are numerous, but nothing is as important to your business as the efficient handling and movement of your inventory. A properly chosen and installed pallet rack system supports the type of distribution center it’s installed in. By reducing the time spent loading, unloading and picking palletized goods, pallet racking becomes an integral part of a warehouse’s design.

If your business is expanding, it’s also crucial to think ahead to ensure the choice and variety of pallet racks are right for the goods you’ll be storing and handling. Of course, one of the other significant benefits of pallet racking is its versatility. That’s why, with a little forethought and the advice of our storage equipment experts at McCall Handling, your choice of a pallet rack system has the potential to meet your storage needs for years to come.

What’s more, so long as the steel components of the racking system are not damaged or exposed to corrosive substances or harsh weather, they have the ability to last for a long time. Just be sure to conduct regular visual safety inspections to check for signs of corrosion as a result of weather exposure, as well as any damage caused by forklift impacts.

Selective Pallet Rack Systems

The choice to use a selective pallet rack system is largely one of even further versatility. With a selective pallet rack system, you have the choice of arranging stacks of inventory in a back-to-back or single layout. Of course, since this choice will impact how your transport aisles will be arranged, it will also require you to consider how you want your inventory to be managed, whether that’s with a first-in, last-out or first-in, first-out system.

Overall, most selective pallet rack systems have the ability to reach 40 feet in height. They offer one of the widest selections of potential racking and decking arrangements. If, however, you’re looking to store items more than 40 feet off the warehouse floor, a more robust system of storage will most likely be necessary.

For All Types of Racking and Storage Solutions, There’s McCall Handling

We’ve been dedicated to serving the storage equipment needs of the Mid-Atlantic region for over 65 years. That’s why, if you’re looking for pallet racking advice, you need to look no further than our team at McCall Handling. Contact us today for all your warehouse equipment needs.