It may look like chaos to an outsider, but a warehouse is a carefully orchestrated dance of receiving new materials, sending materials out, and rotating orders. A warehouse will not be successful unless they are organized and have the right type of equipment to get the job done. A large part of a warehouse’s operation and efficiency comes from the use of proper warehouse pallets and racking systems. If you’re thinking about getting into the warehouse or storage system, you must know about proper pallet racking to help your plans succeed. We have 3 ways to use pallet racking in a warehouse to share with you. Let’s review some of the different forms of pallet racking to give you an idea of what you’ll be working with.
Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking
As the name implies drive-in and drive-thru pallet racking systems are designed for forklift or warehouse personnel to drive directly into a racking unit or drive through a racking unit. This setup is used for efficiency of movement, with drive-in pallet racking being useful for last in, first out (LIFO) storage methods, and drive-thru being an option for both LIFO and first-in, first-out (FIFO) warehouse storage systems.
Push-back Pallet Racking
Warehouses uses push back pallet racking to organize the warehouse by depth as opposed to width. This system does reduce aisle space but can greatly increase the number of materials or product your warehouse can hold and store. Push-back pallet racking is most often seen in a LIFO storage method.
Pallet Flow Systems
Pallet flow systems are one of the most popular types of pallet racking due to their efficiency and are used when you need high-density storage. You can use pallet flow systems in both LIFO and FIFO methods of storage, depending on if you want to load from the back and unload in the front, or load and unload from the front of the rack. Pallet flow systems may also be referred to as gravity flow racks.
Every warehouse has its own unique needs and uses for pallet racking, but all must use pallet racking to stay efficient and organized. If you need to know what type of pallet racking would work for your current or planned warehouse or storage facility, speak with a storage solution systems expert or representative to get things rolling.
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What kind of warehouse equipment do you buy?
We are looking to purchase large quantities of pallet racking and most other warehouse equipment.
Do you serve my location?
CONESCO serves the entire United States from multiple locations.
How quickly can we get started?
It might be quicker than you think! The first step is to give us a call or have us call you. Once we have a good understanding of your unique situation, we typically provide a quote within 5 days and will schedule a time with you to have one of our team members come visit your site.
Will you buy and remove everything from our warehouse?
Our specialty is in used pallet racks (uprights, beams, wiredecks, pallet supports), pallet rack accessories (like guide/ guard rail, netting), conveyor systems, mezzanines, and pick modules. If your warehouse also includes different material like
- shrink wraps or
then we can buy/ remove those as well.
Sometimes material is in bad shape or is a very uncommon size or outdated brand. In some of these cases we do not purchase the materials, however we still can provide you with our teardown services to remove the materials from your warehouse. We encourage everyone to reach out so we can better understand what is in your warehouse and what your intentions are. Once we have a good understanding, we are happy to provide you with our recommendations, even if that means not using us.
Will you clean up after you have finished with the shelving and equipment removal?
Absolutely! Removing used warehouse equipment is a messy job. All debris will be properly disposed of and the floors swept.
We are still operating. Can you work around us?
Yes! There are a few things that will need to happen in order to ensure everyone’s safety and some other items need communicated like an agreed upon timeline. It’s true, an operating warehouse will sometimes slow down a teardown project. But, we understand it’s necessary to avoid disruption of your business during the warehouse shelving and equipment removal process.
How long will the used equipment removal process take?
We get that question all the time! It depends on many factors such as:
- will the warehouse be shut down or,
- will it still be operating?
- How much material is there?
- Are the uprights bolted down to the ground?
Best practice is to give yourself multiple months of time in planning so that way you provide a buffer for your project to finish according to a timeline. Getting a full count of the materials and good pictures is a great way to start the process of evaluating the decommission of your warehouse.
Will you leave holes in the floor or walls after the removal process?
No. Removing floor anchors does create holes but we take responsibility for grinding them down to be flush with the cement or fill them with cement epoxy.