Dos and Don’ts of Pallet Racking Systems

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Dos and Don’ts of Pallet Racking Systems

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In warehouse management many professionals use a proper pallet racking system that helps them manage inventory more efficiently. The system improves how materials flow from the supplier to the customer as well as proper use of vertical space inside the warehouse. However, the use of this racking system is more complex as  it may cause damage.

Damage from pallet-rack systems can cause injury.  Products topple down from the top-most shelf which could damage the facility or other equipment. Staff needs a safe place to work and these interruptions could impact work flow.

The dos of pallet racking systems

Reno Forklift offers warehouses several dos and don’ts about pallet racking systems to be sure you are making the right choice.

Consider how big the warehouse is before picking a system

When picking a system for the warehouse, consider how big warehouse is beforehand. It helps to determine what kind of system would be needed for  inventory. You will also eed to check where the system will be placed.For example, where businesses use forklifts to move pallets around. Remember to allocate enough space to move around and maneuver the racks and the forklift itself.

In addition to that, you may need to check these too:

  • Local fire code
  • Smoking detectors
  • Lighting system

Al of these depend on what kind of products you’re storing. When choosing a racking system, choose the one that can sustain the weight of the material to be stored. Always check the amount of weight against the material of the shelves. Don’t over-load the shelves by putting a lot of  products on every level. Staff can add labels accordingly as a reminder for each of these checkpoints.

Create a way to report damage

Safety is one of the most important factors when dealing with racking systems. When an operator sees  damage, they need to report it right away.

Refrain from repairing damages by yourselves as it may damage the equipment. Make sure to contact a professional to check on the physical structure and shelving.

The don’ts of pallet racking systems

Along with the dos, remember the don’ts that warehouse staff need to know.

Don’t keep yourself in the dark about different pallet-rack systems

Different kinds of pallet-racking systems exist and the staff can choose from these depending on the space. This avoids unnecessary expenses such as for expansion, additional lighting systems, and ventilation.

Different kind of pallet racking systems

  • Teardrop Style – It features closed-tube uprights and beams that prevent damage and accidents upon impact. Moreover, it doesn’t require bolts and interchanges with almost any teardrop system from different manufacturers.
  • Structural Style – This works for  super high-capacity applications and systems that deal with tooling storage. Its beams are bolted to uprights secured by bolts at each end. These racks support up to 20,000 pounds of weight.
  • Double Deep – It uses 11-foot aisles that includes a double deep access system. The system makes use of two sections of pallet rack placed back to back. Doing so increases the storage capacity while giving access to an aisle.
  • Push Back – One of the systems that is popular among warehouses these days. When they use this, it goes two to six pallets deep. It utilizes the first in, last out flow in every lane that exists. Most operators think that this gives them more flexibility than other systems.
  • Pallet Flow Racks – This system makes use of the first in, first out method. Hence, most businesses in the food industry use this kind of system. It lets them take out the food easily.
  • Drive-In Style – For businesses looking for a cost-effective solution with  high-density storage, this is the best option. This needs fewer aisles which provides better space usage than other pallet racks. Moreover, this lets staff effectively use more of the storage space available..

Don’t storm away from problems – report it properly

When problems occur, make sure to inform the warehouse staff about it. Don’t bescared about management as they care about  the safety of the staff and the products. Some equipment incurs damage, others cause torsion. However, if the pallet-racking system fails, a lot of people may die. Make sure to train the staff on reports especially if they encounter damage, nomatter how minor it could be.


Reno Forklift helps in proper warehouse storage, equipment transportation, and material handling needs. Contact us for all your warehousing needs.

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