Each warehouse has its own set of requirements. The right racking system must be able to increase your space utilization without hampering your operations, especially the picking process. To know which racking system(s) is appropriate for your warehouse, there are many factors to consider, including your budget, floor and storage utilization, future growth plans, and inventory management. Let the experienced team at Summit Handling help you choose the best storage medium to meet your needs.
Pallet racks are the most popular, functional racking in the industry. Pallet racks are designed to store pallets, boxes, cartons, and more. Pallet racks come in a variety of dimensions to meet the diverse needs of warehouse storage.
Wire decks are an additional feature available for pallet racks. Wire decks are used for safety and for storage where products and pallet sizes vary.
- Available in single or double deep (for 2 or more pallets of the same SKU)
- Direct access to each pallet in single deep storage
- Simple stock management
- Adaptable to any product volume, weight, or size
Picking tunnels are designed to enable stock from higher levels to be placed into picking lanes at ground floor level. This is especially useful for maximum density of storage for both fast-moving SKUs, as well as slow-moving storage, while increasing throughput and efficiency for picking.
This storage area above picking aisles retains product for future use, while keeping it out of the way of products currently being picked.
Inside the tunnel pickers can either pick to pallet, container, or conveyor again dependent on product and speed of the operation.
Pick tunnels are designed to ensure maximum safety of staff, speed of operations and stock rotation.
- Offers storage area above picking aisles
- Allows for the integration of either, or both, Pallet Flow and Push Back racking in the storage area above picking aisles
- Maximizes warehouse storage space by cubic space utilization, minimized travel time for pickers
- Creates dedicated, highly efficient, and extremely safe picking area
Drive-In Pallet Racking is installed in warehouses and distribution centers that need a cost-effective, high-density storage solution for their pallets and products. Because of its design, drive-in pallet rack is a First-In, Last-Out (FILO) storage system. Drive-In racking is best used with a large quantity of like-products that are not time sensitive, to best utilize warehouse space. Warehouse access aisles are kept to a minimum with drive-in rack, often allowing users to achieve double or more storage capacity.
Drive-Thru Pallet Racks are similar with the exception that vehicles can access the rack from either side, enabling a First-In, First-out (FIFO) inventory control system
- Maximum pallet storage
- Unlimited depth of storage
- Limited aisles, resulting in more efficient use of space
- Flared rail entry ends allow easy bay access
- Space saver, low-profile arms
- Custom-designed for your pallets & forklifts
- Cost-effective storage strategy
Push Back Rack
Push-back storage rack is a popular Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) pallet storage solution. The dynamic design enables easy access to individual SKU lanes featuring an automatically replenished pick face and deep-lane reserve storage. As a gravity flow product, the system does not require batteries or electricity to operate, and the compact design helps maximize warehouse cube space for more efficient and cost-effective use.
- Improves existing warehouse storage density up to 25% by eliminating aisles
- Quicker system for storing and retrieving multiple SKUs
- Front loading/unloading capabilities reduce labor costs
- Because forklifts never have to enter the push back rack system, this helps prevent rack damage to the uprights
Cantilever racks (also referred to as lumber racks or pipe racks) are a strong heavy duty storage system. They are specifically designed for storing long and bulky items or materials such as lumber, plywood, PVC, steel pipe and metal or bar stock pipes, and more. For this reason, cantilever storage rack is the preferred solution for storing long, bulky, and/or heavy items such as furniture, steel bar stock, pvc pipe, iron pipe, lumber, and more.
Unlike any other rack system, cantilever racks offer no vertical obstructions in the storage area.
- Most popular racking with Building Supply Companies (lumber, plumbing, steel, construction)
- Can be designed to fit any load length
- Open linear storage – no vertical uprights or breaks in the storage level from uprights
- Heavy Weight Capacities
- Storage on one or both sides
- Can function in both indoor and outdoor applications
- Can facilitate a roof, if needed, in an outdoor application
Pallet Flow Rack
Pallet flow rack maximizes your warehouse space by condensing pallet storage into deep, single-SKU lanes that harness the power of gravity to flow palletized inventory from one side of the system to the opposite side.
Pallet flow rack delivers greater pallet accessibility than other high-density systems and more flexibility in it’s cost-effective design. Do you need 3- to 4-pallets deep, or 9- to 10-pallets deep, or 20+ pallets deep? Pallet flow rack is completely scalable to your inventory and processing needs.
- Scalable for 2-pallets to 20+ per SKU lane
- Affordable – low per-pallet cost vs. other HD storage
- Customizable to accommodate standard or non-standard pallets
- Configurable for FIFO or LIFO inventory rotation
- Trackable – dedicated SKU lanes
- Automatic pick face replenished, no waiting
Case Flow Rack
Case Flow, also known as carton flow, is a racking system that is designed for maximizing depth space by using a conveyor that is slightly inclined to make cases move easily along a sloped plane. Case and carton flow systems are driven by gravity and are frequently equipped with motion and braking systems to control the speed of the moving inventory. This is an ideal setup for First-In, First-Out (FIFO) picking systems. Perfect for Lean Processes. Case and carton flow increase productivity and reserve space; it is like a conveyor rack system, and it can pick from front case, keep reserve storage in rear cases, while it also offers wide rollers and full bed skate wheels optimize productivity.
- Merchandise remains better organized and easier to find or pick
- Automatically rotated on a first-in, first-out basis
- Labor savings of up to 75% can be realized
- Better monitoring of inventory as products are always fully visible
- Pick from front case, keep reserve storage in rear cases
- SKU pick faces are maximized because only one case or carton of each SKU is presented to the picker
- Pick accuracy is enhanced when carton flow racks are combined with a pick-to-light system
- In order pick areas, case flow racking increases the number of pick faces and decreases walking distance between racks
- Minimizes operator and picking interference because picking is performed on one side of the rack system, while restocking is performed at the opposite end of the racking systems
Built by combining dynamic rack systems with conveyors or other flow components, Pick Modules deliver enhanced productivity and cost savings. Advantages to creating a Pick Module include incorporating a multi-level system that enables superior space utilization, allows for dense product storage, and reduces material handling. Signs that a Pick Module system is right for you include the need for pallet building – where multiple cases of product are being re-palletized to ship to a different location or kitting – where multiple small parts are being assembled to make one complete part in another area of the facility or is being packed for shipping. In other words, it’s an ideal solution for broken pallet or broken carton order fulfillment.
- Efficient storage of a high number of SKUs
- Efficient picking rates and reduced travel time
- Accommodates bulk storage areas and partial carton storage
- Multi-level systems utilize building cube
- Utilize conveyor/ WCS routing to move orders
- Can combine pallet picking, carton flow and shelf picking in same area
Ergonomic Pallet Racking Makes Case Picking Easier
Frazier’s Ergo Series® consists of two different design options:
The Ergo-Label Beam® is a front shelf beam that is split into two separate curved beams that attach to the rear of the shelf beam. This creates an ample 16″ to 22″ opening for order pickers to access rear cartons.
Sitting at a lower level than the Ergo-Label Beam®, Ergo Deep® affords users the ability to store heavier objects, that require more leverage when lifting, without sacrificing the opening space for pickers to access products.
Improve Warehouse Productivity and Storage EfficiencyErgo-Label Beam® and Ergo Deep® Systems are great solutions to real problems for warehouse workers, providing:
- Increased pick locations
- Better storage utilization
- Less product damage
- Fewer worker injuries
- Measurable improvement to warehouse productivity
- Holds a standard GMA 48″ x 40″ pallet
- Minimum 96″ for 16″ shelf openings and 102″ beams for 22″ openings
- 3″, 4″, or 5″ structural channel
- Capacity of up to 2,500 pounds
- Ergo-Label Beam® – Smooth surface with label protection beam
- Ergo Deep® – Sits at a lower level than standard Ergo-Beam to allow storage of heavier objects that require more leverage to lift
- Can be retrofitted to existing pallet rack provided certain design criteria are met
Rack Supported Buildings
The definition of a rack-supported building is “a complete independent storage rack system which is the basic structural system of a building.” In other words, the rack system is the building and the building, the rack system.
The rack connects the roof with the walls. There is no other building structure.
A rack-supported building is an excellent rack system in the proper application. Such applications are those in which maximum storage density is necessary. These buildings also are better than traditional storage facilities in areas where wind and heavy snow are common.
- Maximizes storage density on a small footprint
- Costs associated with design and engineering are less
- Construction time may be less than traditional storage facilities
- Many states offer additional tax benefits with this type of structure