20 Feb Select Rack Or Selective Rack? A Beginner Primer on Pallet Rack Types
“Newer products can wait for a longer period of time than older products. If you are a business where this is a concern then you should consider having a pallet flow rack.”
If you are looking to select a rack for your business then you have to make a few decisions first or, at least, be aware of a few things before you select the right rack for your business. One of the first things to consider is if you need to follow the FIFO method of managing inventory. What is the FIFO method? It is the first in-first out method of managing inventory. It is mostly used in the food industries and medical industries. It matters when something expires or must be used within a certain time frame. You want to have the oldest of the product go out the door first and the newest should stay behind. It is because the newer products have a longer shelf life and can wait there until it is needed. Newer products can wait for a longer period of time than older products. If you are a business where this is a concern then you should consider having a pallet flow rack.
If you are a business that does not need to follow FIFO methods then you can follow the last in-first out methodology for your inventory system. You can use a high-density storage system like a pushback rack system. It is almost the reverse of a pallet flow or gravity flow pallet rack system. The newest products are put into the system and leave the system first. It works best when you need to store a lot of products in a defined area without regard to which products arrived first.
“If you are not going to hold the traditional pallets/skids, boxes, or other square-based materials manufacturers use to send products then a cantilever rack might be the best fit for your business.”
You also have cantilever racks that are designed to hold long heavy products. Products you may see on these storage units are pipes, lumber, steel, etc. If you are not going to hold the traditional pallets/skids, boxes, or other square-based materials manufacturers use to send products then a cantilever rack might be the best fit for your business. You may have seen these racks at places like Home Depot, Lowes, or other similar types of hardware stores.
Finally, the rack you may have meant when you went to search for “select rack” is a selective rack. It is named as such because it provides the most selectivity out of the previously mentioned racks. How is it different? It is much like the shelves you have in your home only it is on a much larger scale. You may put your product on your shelves as you wish and you make take them off the shelves in any order that you wish. Therefore the name for this rack is a selective rack.
If you are trying to select a rack for your business then take a look at the different types above. You will find the rack type that is perfect for your business. If you are looking for the most common of all rack for your business then have a look at this selective pallet racking. If you still need help selecting a pallet rack type for your business then call 503-447-1284 and we can help you figure out just what type of pallet rack you need.