Pushback racking is a high-density storage system used in warehouse and distribution centers to maximize space and efficiency. This system utilizes a series of inclined rails and carts to allow for deep storage of multiple pallets. As each new pallet is added, it pushes the previous pallet back along the rail, hence the name “pushback” racking.
This innovative design enables organizations to store a greater number of pallets in a smaller footprint, making it an ideal solution for high-density storage needs. The pushback racking system also facilitates the first-in, last-out (FILO) inventory management method, ensuring efficient rotation of stock and minimizing the risk of product spoilage.
While pushback racking offers numerous benefits, including increased storage capacity and better drive-in accessibility to stored items, it is important for to carefully consider their specific storage needs and operational requirements before implementing this system. Proper installation and maintenance are essential to ensure the safety and stability of pushback racking, making it crucial for warehouses to increase the storage density.
Pushback rack systems can typically support 2 to 5 pallets per lane when front pallet is removed.
A pallet is loaded on a cart at the front of the bay. To load a subsequent pallet, the loaded forklift pushes the first pallet back (which rolls easily because of the cart it is resting on), and places the second pallet on the next cart in the nested stack moving last pallet towards the back.
This process is repeated multiple times for as many carts as the system holds. Because the drive-in rack and pallets are stored at a slight incline push-back system for pallets, nest pallet automatically rolls to the front of the bay when pallets are removed making load and unload very easy.
The advantage of warehouse pushback racks is that they allow more pallets to be stored by eliminating the number of aisles necessary to pick and put away materials. A single aisle may allow access to pushback system holding up to six pallets on each side of the aisle. The extra space that would normally be used for aisles can be used for additional storage.
There are several factors when evaluating when pushback rack makes sense for your project. If all of the below items are true, pushback warehouse racking could be a good fit.
The roller and shuttle systems offer high compaction and resistance, making them compatible and adaptable with other adjustable pallet rack systems. This makes them an ideal choice for cold storage or freezing environments, especially due to their ability to functionalty of shuttle systems at low temperatures.
Overall, the structure of a push-back type of live storage system allows to provide efficient pallet flow and pallet storage while maximizing space. The roller and shuttle systems work together to generate the live system of pallet racking solution for warehouses (including cold storage) and distribution centers.