What is Push Back Pallet Racking?
Push back pallet racking lets you overcome some of the limitations of traditional storage systems and pack in higher volumes of pallets without resorting to narrower aisles. As the name suggests, this type of racking relies on a roller system which allows up to 10 pallets to be stored in one continuous row. After the first pallet is added, each new pallet which joins it will push it further back until the level is full. This means that push back pallet racking operates on the first in, last out (FILO) principle, but is a little more flexible than static, drive in pallet racking.
Depending on your current setup, switching to push back pallet racking can boost the amount of storage capacity which is available by up to 75 percent. The rearmost pallet will not be completely inaccessible once it is pushed into place. Instead, the rail on which it sits is mounted with a very slight incline, so as the more accessible pallets are removed, it will gently shift back to the front.
The problem of inaccessibility still remains when multiple pallets are loaded onto a single channel. This means it is better to use pushback pallet racking if you are storing goods of the same type in large quantities, or if you will not have a high stock turnover. Cold storage facilities often use pushback pallet racking because of its ability to cope with large volumes of goods, but this type of setup is just as good for standard bulk storage operations.
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