7 types of warehouse Systems
7 Types of Warehouse Systems
7 common types of warehouse systems include:
- Block Stacking: This is a simple and widely used method where skids are stacked directly on top of each other, either on the warehouse floor or pallet racks. Skids are stacked vertically, maximizing the use of vertical space. It is vital to ensure that the bottom skids can handle the weight of skids stacked above.
- Single-Deep Racking (Selective Racking): Skids are stored on pallet racks in single rows. Each skid is placed on its own dedicated shelf or beam. This allows for easy access to each skids
- Double-Deep Racking: Similar to single-deep racking, but skids are stored two-deep in the racks. This method increases the storage density, but makes the skids at the back of less accessible without moving others around.
- Drive-In/Drive-Through Racking: This method is suitable for high-density storage of uniform products. Skids are stored in deep lanes that can be accessed using specialized forklifts. Drive-in racking allows access from only one side, whole drive-through racking enables access from both sides.
- Push-Back Racking: This method utilizes inclined rails and a cart system. Skids are loaded from one side, and when a new skid is added, existing skids are pushed further back. When unloading, the last skid in is the first one out.
- Gravity Flow Racking: Skids are loaded on inclined roller or wheel tracks. The skids move by gravity from the loading end to the unloading end, allowing for first-in, first-out inventory rotation.
- Mobile Stacking: Skids are stored on racks that can be moved laterally using tracks or rails. This method maximizes storage capacity by eliminating fixed aisles. Mobile racking is particularly useful in situations where space is limited.
It’s important to consider factors such as product characteristics, accessibility requirements, inventory turnover and safety regulations when determining a type of warehousing setup that best suits the needs of your business.
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