Add more space or use what’s already there better? – If you ask a warehouse/logistics manager, all of them will choose the latter.
Each racking system is designed and made for unique situations. Some are best suited to high product turnover and medium volume, while others are meant for low product turnover and high storage racking capacity. For instance, the double deep pallet racking system is ideal for optimal space utilization at warehouses that have high storage density requirements.
Warehouse managers are constantly on the lookout for better ways of organizing a warehouse to meet new demands – which may be:
Any or all of these will need a careful re-evaluation of your current warehouse storage and operations. As needs and imperatives change, you will need to adapt or add racking systems that suit the changing conditions.
So, how do you go about finding your ideal racking system? Each racking system is designed and made for unique situations. Some are best suited to high product turnover and medium volume, while others are meant for low product turnover and high storage racking capacity.
One system that’s enjoying a lot of popularity presently is the Double deep pallet racking system. Popularity however is not an important factor in selection of a warehouse storage system, there are more important things to consider. There are several variants of pallet rack storage systems on the market and you need to understand the contexts and reasons for Double deep systems’ popularity to decide, if it is for you.
To simplify this process, we will outline a set of evaluation criteria and see how the Double deep pallet racking system performs on each of them.
What to consider:
Before you choose a pallet rack system you need to consider things like:
To decide if a particular racking system will meet your needs and deliver a good ROI, you need to know its advantages, disadvantages and suitability to your particular needs.
Let’s learn what these are in case of a Double deep pallet racking system.
What is Double Deep Pallet Racking?
Double Deep pallet racking system is a variation on selective pallet racking and is best understood in comparison to it. In Selective pallet racking, two single rows of pallet racks are placed back-to-back. But in double deep racking four single rows of pallet racks are placed back-to-back. This limits immediate accessibility to only the two aisle facing pallet rows making the double deep pallet rack a first in, last out (FILO) pallet rack system.
Now let’s know about the advantages of this storage system:
Installing a double deep pallet rack system, can eliminate the need for renting or building new storage space by increasing cubic space utilization (storage density) cost-effectively.
Moving on to the disadvantages,
The most obvious disadvantage is that a double deep pallet system requires additional investment in special order picking equipment like new double deep reach trucks or extensions and counterbalances for existing forklifts. But, most of these additional costs are offset by the advantages a double deep pallet system confers.
Best Suited for:
Extensively Used In: Cold storage, Paper, F&B, Manufacturing, Distribution Centers and dry store industries.
Now that you have the pros and cons laid out clearly, you need to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis considering parameters like product volumes, turnover rates, available space, warehouse racking layout and existing picking equipment to decide if a double deep pallet system is right for you.
Speak to a Expert
But before you decide on any racking system, we would recommend talking to a storage system consultant.
A storage solutions expert would do SKU analysis, space and operations design, ergonomics and many more activities to suggest the most ideal racking system and order picking equipment for your unique requirements.
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