Storage Racks Defined

Learn the Lingo and Terms To Understand Your Needs

The individual parts listed below apply to all types of racks. We want to inform our customers about the different types of racks available and how they can help your organization.

Static Rack

Static Pallet Racks

Static pallet racking systems are systems in which pallets remain motionless once deposited. Single and double depth are the most common applications for pallet storage. These systems allow forklifts to have access to all pallets in single depth. Allow for full use of the facilities height and can be easily adjusted or interchanged depending on type of operation.

Push Back

Push Back Racks

Push back racks were designed around the principle of organizing space by depth rather than width. This depth arrangement greatly reduces aisle space and increases storage density. In this configuration, each bay can be up to six pallets deep; each pallet stored on wheeled carts that fit onto rails.

Flow Thru

Flow Thru Systems

Flow thru systems are high density pallet storage systems that utilize depth to increase capacity. This system uses a slightly inclined rail with rollers that allow pallets to move easily along the sloped plane. These systems are also called gravity flow or dynamic flow systems. The pallet flow system often has complex motion and braking systems to control the speed of the moving pallet. Pallet flow racking systems are either a FIFO (first in, first out) or a LIFO (last in, first out) storage system. If the system is loaded from the back and unloaded from the front, it is FIFO; if the system is loaded and unloaded from the front it is a LIFO system.

Drive-in/Drive Thru

Drive In/Drive Thru Pallet Racks

The difference between a drive-in and a drive-thru pallet rack system is simply whether the bays have an entry at only one end, or at both ends. Drive-in rack systems use a common entry and exit, while drive-thru systems have entry points at either end of the bay.

  • Drive in - Because a drive-in racking system has only one entrance, it uses what is called a LIFO (last in, first out) storage method. With only one entrance, the last pallet put into a row is necessarily the first one to be taken out.
  • Drive Thru - A drive-thru storage system, with two different entry points, can also use a FIFO (first in, first out) storage method. With a FIFO system, pallets are loaded in one end and are pushed back to the other end, where they are then at the front of the row on the opposite side. The first pallet put into such a row is the first one taken out at the other end. This system is advantageous for material with an expiration date or wherever shelf life is a major concern.

Pick Modules

Multi-level Order Picking Rack

Multi-Level Order Picking and Storage Rack Systems. The goal of a pick module storage rack systems is optimum product flow. Pick modules utilize pallet and carton flow racks through a storage rack system to expedite the order-fulfillment process.

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