Pallet racking is a warehouse storage system where loads are placed on pallets. The pallets are then stacked vertically, creating more space in the warehouse. Pallet racking is a cheap, safe and efficient method of storage. By storing pallets in a framework, it is possible to access any particular pallet at any time. Managers may try to implement a pallet racking system to optimize organization in the warehouse.
Here are some of the best practices for companies looking to implement pallet racking warehouse storage:
Know the weight limits of the rack
Post the pallet rack capacities clearly in the warehouse so employees will know how much to load or unload at a time. Exceeding the maximum capacity can lead to a collapse that compromises employee safety, damaging products and resulting in a big warehouse mess. Heavy loads are typically placed toward the bottom of the pallet, and rack uprights should be able to handle the heaviest loads.
Distribute loads evenly
A new, inexperienced employee may think everything is fine as long as the load is placed on the pallet. In reality, all loads need to be placed on the rack in the right evenly because a small shift in weight can throw the whole pallet off balance.
This is where safety training comes into play. It is wise to have drivers be certified in forklift operations to ensure safety. Companies may also want to require training in maintenance and operational training when it comes to pallet racking and forklifts.
Use software systems
Pallet racks hold a lot of product, and the physical inventory count can be intimidating for some warehouse workers. Systems like Microsoft Dynamics NAV allow warehouse employees to easily keep track of orders, increasing worker productivity and reducing stock search time. The software also reduces inventory overstock in pallet racks caused by ineffective inventory control software. The system allows inventory managers to easily manage full physical inventory and cycle counts.
Don’t put a rack next to a wall
Every aisle of pallet racks should give access to both sides. Putting a pallet rack directly next to a wall cuts off half the access to it. Bring it away from the wall so forklifts have access to both sides. The aisle width should be the same on both sides as to serve both areas effectively.
Repair and replace broken parts of the pallet
Just because a damaged rack is still standing does not mean it can still be used. Think of it like a house of cards. If one of the cards is bent or damaged, then the whole thing is compromised. It may seem like a hassle to replace damaged beams with more upright ones, but pallets hold thousands of pounds, and a damaged rack may not be able to handle all that weight. Small pallet maintenance is typically inexpensive and less time-consuming than replacing whole damaged pallet racks.
Benefits of pallet racking
Warehouses benefit from pallet racking because it’s convenient, safe and saves space. Utilizing vertical space creates more storage capacity, leading to increased profits because there is more space in a warehouse. Safety is a benefit because pallet racks are sturdy and stable. Even though pallet racks are sturdier than other warehouse materials, employees still need proper training. It is important for employees to know the ins and outs of a pallet rack to prevent injuries and warehouse hazards.
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