A wide range of storage solutions are available for farms, shops, workshops and warehouses, and many are also applicable for offices and homes. Just as important as the choice between pallet-racking and flat shelving is the choice of storage strategy.
This overview will give you an idea as to how these storage systems are intended to work and which one is right for you.
Each part of each rack is accessible from an adjoining aisle. This is the most common system, designed to give you access to every item at all times, important if you are stocking lots of different products but wasteful with identical products.
Fewer aisles mean more storage space. In double deep racking, each pallet (or other containers) are stored two deep from each access point. Whether two pallets carry the same goods or different, to access the rear one you need a long-reach forklift. Nevertheless, this is usually a cheaper alternative than doubling your facility’s floor space.
This system stores goods on the principle of last-in first-out. Pallets (or other containers) are stored in one continuous block, with direct access to only the last in. This is fine when you have large numbers of identical fast-moving items, or for storing non-perishable goods for substantial periods. It makes sense on deep supermarket shelves as well as in warehouses.
Items are queued first-in first-out, the reverse of drive-ins, by rolling containers from the loading end to the service end of the queue. Stock rotation is automatic and loading-bays can be safely separated from customer areas.
Narrow aisle pallet racking
This strategy makes optimum use of limited space while still giving full access to all goods. Aisles are as narrow as possible and the racks extend high, requiring turret trucks or stacker cranes.
When items are of many shapes and sizes so don’t easily stack onto pallets at all, cantilever shelving is the solution. These too extend vertically to substantial heights.
Firms such as https://www.rackzone.ie/shelving/industrial-residential-shelving provide industrial shelving in Ireland, including racking that can be assembled in minutes with a few taps of a mallet.
Modern shelves and racks are often designed to slot together without ugly nuts and bolts. Nevertheless, they safely hold loads up to 400kg/shelf and come in colours that look good in homes, shops and offices.