If you’re in the storage or distribution business, you understand how much every square foot of your warehouse is tied to your bottom line. So how would you like to increase your storing capacity by twofold or even threefold simply by making use of a new method of pallet storage? That’s what a push back rack, also known as pushback racking, is capable of doing for your business.

Push back racks are a unique, customizable and incredibly safe way to store and handle materials on pallets. What’s more, for workers responsible for the loading and unloading of those materials, pushback racking systems allow forklift drivers to do their job without entering and possibly damaging your storage system, as can happen with drive-in racks. This means push-back racks not only allow for more efficient handling of materials but also prevent damage that can occur from forklifts colliding with uprights in drive-in systems.

How Pushback Rack Systems Work

Pushback rack systems accomplish their job thanks to a series of carts with wheels attached to them. These carts literally push back on rails anywhere from two to six pallets deep as the next pallets are sequentially loaded one in front of the other. The entire system works on gravity, since the rails the nested carts sit on are positioned on a gradual incline towards the ends of the racks, which in turn face the forklift operator.

In the resulting loading system, every time a pallet is loaded in front of another, the pallet behind pushes back on its cart due to the slight pressure from the pallet that’s being loaded. Similarly, when pallets are unloaded, the pallets positioned behind the one being unloaded roll forward at a controlled pace. This makes the entire row of pallets easily accessible without the forklift or its operator ever having to enter the actual storage system.

Advantages of Push Back Racks

For any palletized goods such as those handled in food distribution, automotive parts and a host of third-party distribution centers, push back racks help increase the overall storage density of a warehouse.

In addition — especially for businesses that handle high volumes of inventory and have quick turnaround times — pushback racking offers a safer and more efficient method of loading and unloading than more traditional systems of storage. And to top it all off, push-back racks require very little maintenance — so long as safety checks are regularly performed on the carts and rails.

McCall Handling for the Racking Systems

With the team at McCall Handling, you can count on our more than 65 years of experience serving the Mid-Atlantic region in all manner of materials handling. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of pushback racking for your business, simply contact us today.