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Those that work in a factory, warehouse, assembly line or mill know—storage racks are a necessary component to an industrial manufacturer. They keep any sized product, part or material organized and easy to find, utilizing all space and increasing efficiency among workers. The question is—with so many differently sized parts and products to organize, what kind of storage rack is right for your business? Here’s a look at a few storage rack options.

Pallet racks are a very popular option when storing products and materials in an industrial setting. These allow storage of large, flat structures that support packaged goods while being lifted by a forklift. The standard pallet racks have many isles between the rows of shelving, which can take up more space, but there are a couple other pallet rack alternatives to consider. If your business has a lot of inventory that shifts on a regular basis, drive-through pallet racks could be a better solution because they have a denser arrangement that uses 80% less space than standard pallet racks. Pushback racks are optimal when space is very limited. The pallets sit on a tray that rides along a set of rails in the rack frame that are set on an incline. This rack uses gravity to save space and quicken picking time.

Carton flow racks are often seen in the dairy section of grocery stores, and they are also commonly used in commercial product and automotive manufacturing. This shelving system makes merchandise easier to find because the products are stored in the rear and moved forward on an inclined shelf, staying organized and in order. Gravity leaves no wasted space, and it ensures that the first product put in will be the first to come out. Carton flow racks are great for perishable items. They don’t require much reaching during the picking process, and restocking is smooth and easy.

Cantilever racks are perfect for long, bulky materials like lumber or metal pipes because they do not have vertical beams that may obstruct a long object. They are constructed of a backbone and series of arms single or double sided, which may be straight or inclined, that make up the different levels. These storage racks often hold items that may roll off, and for safety reasons, many have barriers on the end called lips that prevent rolling or slipping.