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What are the different types of pallet racking?

The festive season is well underway and, with stock levels rising, you need to make sure your business is able to cope with the busy Christmas period. Pallet racking could be the ideal system to make sure you have ample storage space to see you through.

Pallet racking can improve productivity, increase warehouse space by 40% and help you to adapt to changing inventory needs. When it comes to choosing a warehouse pallet racking system, you’ll discover an extensive range of styles and arrangements which can make it difficult to decide on the best fit for your business. Understanding the different types and their uses will help massively.

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5 types of pallet racking:

  1. Cantilever racking

Largely used in industrial warehouses to store long products, i.e. timber lengths, plastic pipes and steel rods, cantilever racks are a popular choice for many warehouses.

Cantilever pallet systems sit in a metal framework, have long protruding arms and no front column – increasing available storage space and making it easier for you to access the inventory.

  1. Selective racking

Selective racking is great if you’re looking for a versatile solution. As a heavy duty pallet racking system, it incorporates load beams which provide a pallet-support structure and can be configured to any size.

Selective racking provides efficient use of space and immediate access to each pallet using a forklift, allowing you to meet increased Christmas demands.

  1. Double deep racking

A double deep rack is created when one row of selective racking is put in front of another. It offers a cost-effective solution for creating high-density storage and maximises storage capacity by 40% or more – perfect for palletised goods.

If you need somewhere to store multiple pallets of the same product, double deep racking allows you to effectively control stock and keep your warehouse organised.

  1. Drive-in racking

Maximising floor space is easy with a drive-in warehouse pallet racking system. This type of rack requires fewer aisles, meaning you can store up to 75% more pallets – ideal when preparing for the mad rush at Christmas.

Designed to be functional, drive-in racks are rigid and strong. They unload pallets top to bottom and can be accessed from one, or both, ends – depending on what suits your warehouse layout best.

  1. Carpet racking

Designed specifically for carpets, carpet racking is available in a range of configurations and is great for storing a variety of carpet lengths and roll diameters. Carpets are loaded end-on into the rack via a special attachment on a forklift. The slot pitch in the frame uprights allow beam levels to be positioned to suit different diameters – maximising the use of available height.

A carpet rack allows you to handle carpets with speed and care. This type of industrial pallet racking system makes all the difference when it comes to finding the correct textile and roll length/diameter.

Spoilt for choice?

Although now is the time pallet racking systems come into their own, they can also benefit your business all year round by offering a practical, efficient storage solution.

WP Group are experts when it comes to designing, delivering and installing a range of pallet racks. They tailor all their systems to suit your requirements, so, if you’re looking for somewhere to keep extra stock for the festive period, you’re sure to find the perfect heavy duty racking system for your business and make the most of available space in your warehouse.

For more information, call WP Group on 01706 875 500 or email info@thewpgroup.co.uk and they’ll do everything they can to help.

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