News: brief introduction of pallet racking

Article Date(s):10/05/2018

Pallet racking is a warehouse material handling storage system for the purpose of storing various materials on pallets to increase storage density of the stored goods. There are different types of pallet racks, all types meet the requirement for the storage of palletized materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels. Forklift trucks are usually integrated in a pallet rack system as they usually need to lift heavy loaded pallets onto the racks for storage. Pallet racks is an essential and must need in most modern warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail shops, and many other storage and distribution places.


To organize a warehouse the pallet racking system must be a logical method, by using a pallet rack system you can greatly increase the storage capacity in your warehouse. Goods, products, and materials are loaded on pallets of wood or steel material, and pallets are located on the horizontal surporting beams of the pallet racking system.


Types of Warehouse Racking System

There are several commonly used types of pallet rack systems, including:

Single-deep pallet racking is the most traditional rack system. The storage system offers fairly low density but easy access to each pallet.

Double-deep pallet racking adds a second row of pallets behind the first. To get extra density for your warehouse this double deep racking system must be a good choice, but this rack makes it more difficult to get access to some pallets.

Drive-in or drive-through racking is designed to allow easy access to all of the shelves with forklifts. Each bay of the system is wide enough to run a forklift in.

Gravity-flow racking offers high storage density in the warehouse that operates on a first-in, first-out product cycle, as new coming pallets are loaded from the back of the shelf and pushes older items to the front of the rack for easy picking up.


To select a racking system for your warehouse storage requirement, it`s critical to weight the benefits between access ability and storage density. A racking system with high density will offer storage spaces of far greater amount, but some of the pallets will be not so easy to be accessed. So you need to decide which is more important for your storage requirement.