In order for a warehouse to operate efficiently, it needs appropriate storage and Pallet Rack Systems, machinery and equipment to deliver, load, stock, and move products, Industrial Shelving, lockers, and accessories. Some also need a mezzanine area and an internal office build directly inside the warehouse. Finding everything needed in one stop can save businesses time, space, and money.
Some companies can supply, customize, and install many different systems in a variety of sizes and capacities to meet the needs. Experienced companies, like atlantic racks
, for example, can also design the warehouse or distribution center from the ground up to meet business specifications. This is the best way to maximize space and increase efficiency.
There are several types of pallet racks from which to choose, depending on the type of inventory system used at the warehouse. One system consists of the first pallet in is the first pallet out, or FIFO, another is the last pallet in is the first pallet out, referred to as LIFO. The third system revolves around high turnover inventory and inventory with expiration dates.
Certain systems are designed to accommodate each type of inventory movement. A drive-thru rack
system, for example, is used for FIFO inventory pallets. Forklifts can drive directly into the bays to maximize space. An entrance at each end of the bay accommodates FIFO tracking and moving systems of inventory. The drive-in racking system is similar, except there is only one entrance to the bay to accommodate the LIFO inventory tracking and moving system.
A push back pallet rack accommodates the LIFO system. Carts on inclined rails are used to store the pallets. Following pallets push back the ones already in the warehouse. When a pallet is removed, the others move forward to be next in line to be moved. A carton flow system uses a slight incline to accommodate the FIFO system. Wheels and roller platforms provide high efficiency to the inventory rotation.
A selective pallet rack consists of horizontal load beams with vertical supports. Easy access makes this ideal for quick turnover inventory. Pallet flow works well with products that have an expiration date. Easy access with minimal movement needed by machinery makes delivery, loading, and stocking quick and efficient.
Light and industrial duty shelving is available in three material options and many sizes. New and used machinery and equipment is also available including manual and driven forklifts, decking, and dock lifters
. Used pallet systems are also available to save businesses money. Business owners can go to www.atlanticrack.com for free estimates and quotes on designing and installing systems, a complete list of items in stock, and information on mezzanines and offices.