The term Warehouse commonly refers to a customized storage building. Though it can be broadly categorized as an enormous storage space, a warehouse provides benefit to a business or an organization for
- stockpiling goods, and then building up a full load before shipping to destined locations or containing and storing unloaded goods before further distribution, or
- storing goods like perishables and consumables.
Pallet racking :
Since the main objective is storage and material mobility as well as maintenance; Pallet Racking is one of the most significant materials handling as well as a storage aid system that is utilized to store goods on pallets or skids in a Warehouse or other storage facilities.
Pallets are flat transport structures that allow the stored goods to be supported in highly stable fashion. They also allow accessibility for the transport of the palletized goods through multiple options like :
Forklift, Pallet Jack, Front Loader, Jacking Device and even Erect Cranes.
Pallet Racking has become one of the most obligatory parts of essential warehousing operations, since its inception during World War days till its evolution and presence in modern-day warehouses, retail centers, all sorts of manufacturing and storage cum distribution facilities.
Stackable Pallets: Types and Advantages :
Stackable Pallet is a type of pallet racking system which is employed to gain an upper hand in various warehousing functions. The pallets or skids can either be stacked on racks or can be arranged in other forms of pallet racking systems.
When the palletized goods are stacked over one another, the arrangement is known as Stackable Pallets. The stackable pallets have their own bits of advantages by which they amplify the effectiveness of the warehousing operations.
The intricacies of this arrangement can be listed below.
- Block Stacks: Block stacking means the process by which unit loads are piled or stacked atop one another and might be stored on warehouse floors in the lanes between racks or in blocks. The stacked pallets are placed on specific heights which are dependant upon the weight of the load to be placed, the condition of the palletized goods, the height clearance and the capacity of the forklifts that operate inside the warehouse.
The retrieval system operates in a very unique fashion in case of stackable pallets. The goods are retrieved from the block stacks in a last-in, first-out (LIFO) fashion which is contradictory to the system that stacks goods depending on dates or first in first flow(FIFO) manners. Therefore the goods are picked up differently from how they are stacked and this can cause mushrooming of goods where the empty spaces in the stacks cannot be refilled until and unless the whole lane is rendered empty. This method is a cheap one and has the flexibility to operate in any warehouse with open floor space.
Apart from block stacked pallets, stacking frames and stacking racks are also available.
- Pallet Stacking Frames: Pallet stacking frames are easily adjustable. They are constructed out of materials like decks and posts which can be made erect at a place or moved when required. The stacking frames allow easy access to heights which are far up.
Stacking frames are put to use by organizations when they need to have temporary storage and retrieval solutions- particularly racking solutions, during busy periods. Though the issue of honeycombing of palletized goods persists here also like the block stacks.
- Stack Racks: Stack racks are commonly utilized for the storage of materials or goods during crunch times or during busy periods when they are awaiting transportation or usage. Materials are stacked on pallets or shelves or racks in an orderly fashion. The design may be done for late transportation or prolonged storage and this allows for the build-up of the stock.
These, in short, are the ways in which warehousing efficiency can be increased and the operations can be improved by the usage of Stackable Pallets.