Buying warehouse storage equipment can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. For us to make it is as easy and smooth as possible for you, we have only one question.
Know exactly what you want?
Pallet Racking - Mezzanine Floors - Industrial Shelving
EXPERT DESIGN FOR
Buying warehouse storage equipment can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. For us to make it is as easy and smooth as possible for you, just complete the form.
Or… if know exactly what you want?
Maintenance & Service
We have a wealth of knowledge which comes from working at the highest level at the UK’s largest Pallet Racking manufacturers, having sold and Project Managed orders in excess of £1.5m.
We understand that you want the best storage system possible, for the lowest possible price, not forgetting that you also need fast continuity of supply for extra components in the future and fast response times for when the unexpected happens.
For many years, companies have been storing pallets and boxes in the warehouses, and as technology in fork lift trucks has advanced, pallet racking has been able to reach higher.
Couple this with new construction methods and changes in the way consumers shop and it is no surprise warehouses have gotten bigger and bigger. Warehouse racking and the way we specify it needed to keep pace and we have. Find out more today.
The right system for the right
Keeping pace with technology and client needs is paramount
Go back 30 years, and Adjustable Pallet Racking (APR) was a standard system, storing pallets 1200mm wide x 1000mm deep. Fork trucks would usually need around 3 to 3.6m aisles, and could perhaps reach around 8m in height.
Because of this, warehouses would have more empty space in the aisles, than storage space in the racks, and due to relatively low height, compared to today. Warehouses took up large footprints, but in reality, were not making good use of the space.
At that time, systems such as Drive in Racking became more popular because the density of the storage was far better, and far fewer aisles were needed.
The issue with this was that it was in every drive in lane, which could be 6 pallets deep and 6 pallets high, every pallet would need to be the same, otherwise, the fork truck driver may need to move 35 pallets out of the way (and find somewhere to keep them) to get to the pallet they needed.
Warehouse racking innovations.
Other innovations came along such a Pallet Live – gravity fed roller, where you put pallets in at one side, and take them out at the other. These are more effective, although considerably more expensive – approximately 7x the price of standard APR. So again, it is suitable for very specific applications, but not really for general use.
Other semi automated variations were born – Mobile Pallet Racking (a bit like the shelving in libraries which moves to open the aisle for you), and more recently Shuttle Racking, have all been developed, and all at significantly higher prices than APR.
The reality is, now that aisles can be reduces to around 2m for VNA, articulated trucks and Aisle Masters, some with a lift on the truck up to 18m, and the increase in building height, and the considerably lower cost to install, the old faithful APR has made a huge resurgence, back to to basics, as they say.
In fact the largest online retailer in the World (you know who they are) are back to basics. Standard APR for their pallet racking, standard shelving (on multi-tiered), with human beings wheeling trollies around picking their items from the shelves.