Learn about pallet storage and pallet stackers
The basic functions of any pallet shelving is to keep pallets, or skids, organized and create multiple levels of storage by stacking the pallets in a vertical fashion. Although the design is straightforward, the versatility of pallet shelving is impressive—it can come in a variety of sizes and can be used with a variety of accessories to conform to virtually any space and usage. What's more impressive is the amount of space that pallet shelving can free up for more stock, which can eliminate the need for a new, larger storage center. Learn about how pallet storage is created and the accessories that will be necessary for your pallet storage system.
The pallet storage rack is essentially constructed from metal beams, spacers and a deck to form a section for storage; pallet rack systems are formed when a number of these pallet shelves are stacked together.
Pallet shelves are often arranged in what is known as a selective pallet rack system, which uses clips on the upright beams to hold the pallet shelves and can be easily adjusted. For warehouses that need to store a variety of product sizes, selective pallet rack shelving will save much time and effort, but will also be limited in the amount of weight it can bear. For heavier loads, consider structural pallet racks that have heavy-duty horizontal beams bolted into the upright frames to increase their load-bearing capacity.
A popular form of pallet shelving is the Redirack variety, which is relatively easy to set up, expand and customize to any warehouse or industrial storage area. Additionally, the company will help you to design your system and install it, which can be a welcome offer if you're faced with a large warehouse to outfit with shelving. The Cubic and Master brands of pallet shelving are also popular, and you can save quite a bit of money by purchasing used racking from a reputable company.
Those who use pallet shelving will also need pallet stackers to efficiently store and transfer the pallets in the warehouse. Depending on the size and the load-bearing capacity, a pallet jack can be pushed by hand or may need to be driven—those that are controlled by a seated operator are referred to as forklifts. A manual pallet stacker is ideal for lighter loads, and you will be able to raise the stacker's "forks" by pumping a foot pedal or pulling a handle. For loads that are greater than a ton, you will need a gas or electric powered pallet stacker to get the job done.
There are several features to consider when choosing a pallet stacker, including the lift height, maximum weight and type of fork. For warehouses that stack pallets extremely high, you will need a powerful forklift that can reach those heights; if a wide variety of pallets are stored in the space, a pallet stacker with an adjustable fork width will be a smart choice.