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Pallet Rack: A Form Of Storage That Uses Steel Beams To Hold Pallets Or Large and Heavy Products

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Because we offer  the best storage solutions for industrial applications and warehouses. Racking provides storage, durability, and reliability for pallets and skids containing materials and inventory stock. With the right decking, it can also safely accommodate and store loose items.

A material handling storage solution designed to store materials on pallets.  Also known as skids typically within a warehouse setting. There are many varieties. All have horizontal rows with multiple shelf levels. Different systems include drive-in, drive-thru, flow, and push-back.  And the standard day in and day out industrial racks you see in so many warehouses and even hardware store chains.

Pallet Rack

Is a form of storage that uses steel beams to hold pallets or large and heavy products. There are many kinds of industrial racking but this is the most common. It allows the maximum number of facings pallets and it’s cheaper. 

The bolt-together design provides a lower cost because the components can be easily replaced. Versus the traditional welded uprights which require replacement of the entire upright.

Industrial Racks are designed to be used with a forklift . Or other hydraulic or electrical lifts or for heavy-duty hand stacking. Warehouse rack is not just limited to pallets, it can store: furniture, carpets, boxes, and bulk.

Pallet Rack Systems

Material Handling USA offers a wide range of rack storage solutions designed to meet every application. Applications from Selective to High-Density Drive-In Storage Systems. Selective, Double Deep, Very Narrow Aisle Storage. Flow Rack Systems, Pushback Rack Systems, Drive-in Rack Systems, and Cantilever Rack.

Curious about the the different types and advantages of pallet racking systems in a warehouse?


Pallet racking is the most common form of warehouse racking. It is designed to store materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels. Instead of spending more money to add square feet to your warehouse for storage pallet rack gives you an option to utilize your vertical space.

Pallet racking systems can be classified into seven types

They are selective pallet rack, double deep pallet rack, drive and drive thru pallet rack, very narrow aisle pallet rack, push back pallet rack, gravity flow pallet rack and cantilever pallet racks.

The 7 (seven) Types Of Pallet Rack

1) The first one is: Selective Rack

Selective Pallet Rack is the most conventional and probably the most common type of storage system for pallets. Rack bays are arranged such that every pallet position is directly accessible. These racks are commonly found in many industrial facilities. Placed you might find rack include warehouses, distribution centers, and big box stores. Selective Rack Systems typically consist of fully welded uprights, role form beams, rose spacers, pallet supports, and various other accessories.

This is the most commonly used racking the most cost effective one too. This has less cost per square foot to store inventory. But only up to an extent. This can also be one of the most expensive types too when it comes to more than 3000 or 4000 racks at a time. Advantages are the rack itself cost less than the alternative types of rack. Easy installation and configuration. Better stock rotation. Easy order picking and one hundred percent selectivity. Direct access to inventories. High density storage. This can be used in conjunction with all types of fork trucks. This type is more suitable for customers related to FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods) businesses.

2) The second is Double Deep Pallet Rack

Double Deep Pallet Rack Systems offer more pallet storage than Selective Rack. The rack bays are arranged two deep and positioned back to back. eThis reduces the number of required aisles while using the same racking components. Double deep storage is typically used in warehouses and distribution centers where four pallets of similar goods are placed in the front and rear positions. This application reduces selectivity. A deep, reach lift truck is typically used to access the back pallet position because it is 2 racks deep.

This is similar to selective pallet racking system. Where it differs is the two decks of inventory in one slot of the rack. This requires specialized pallet handling equipment.

The most common forklift used is the reach truck. Double deep rack offers around 30% more capacity than selective pallet tracking system and is less expensive than drive in racking, but increases capacity by up to 30%. This might not require high number of homogeneous pallet types, and this is suitable for customers where drive in racking is not possible. Better density and better storage maximum cubic space reduces aisle space increases cubed space utilization.

3.) The third one is Very Narrow Aisle Rack

Very narrow aisle storage is a unique application of selective rack. Aisles between rack bays are reduced to approximately five feet wide. This creates additional storage space. These systems are used for both full pallet and carton storage. In either case, special lift equipment such as turret trucks or order pickers is commonly used. Here, the rack is loaded with full pallets using a side loading lift truck. For carton storage and retrieval applications, a special man lift is used to handpick items. These systems greatly improved storage density while maintaining selectivity. And yes, with access to every pallet position.

Here, pallets racks are placed very close to each other. Narrow Aisle is one of the best methods of increasing pallet storage within a given area. It utilizes the advantages of selective racking. Narrow Aisle requires a special forklift that allows reducing the aisle space. Advantages include better stock rotation, perfect order picking at 100% selectivity. Rapid handling increased space by an additional 40 to 50% over selective pallet racking system uses guide rails or wire guidance for fast move. 29 help maintain first in first out suitable for customers mainly need a super flat floor FMCG different categories of goods.

4) The fourth is Gravity Flow High-Density Rack

Gravity flow or high-density, first in first out. The rollers and brakes are used to feed pallets down an incline to a staging or picking operation. Systems are multiple levels high and multiple positions deep. Flow rack systems provide a practical storage option for applications involving a low number of SKUs and high inventory turns. They are useful when storing time-sensitive products.

This type of rack is typically a downward sloped storage conveyor. This allows all the subsequent pallets to move into the forefront once the preceding item is removed. This type is known as first in, first out, racking advantages up to 50 to 60% less floor space than conventional pallet racking. First in, first out provides automatic stock rotation, dedicated load and retrieval faces meaning. Only two fourth drawer files are required that are speed of operation within the warehouse suitable for customers mainly need first in, first out principal drinks and district. Only two for drop aisles are required, one for loading and one for retrieval and push back pallet tracking systems. As example. Suppose when the second pallet comes in, it pushes the first pallet back and rests on the middle cart. When unloading the push back rack, the sequence is reversed. Advantages high density storage maximizing cubic space not miles. Quick easy access to different size of pallet types pallet automatically presented at the rack pick face reduces truck travel distances and cuts cycle times suitable for those customers, namely food distribution, manufacturing, third party logistics facilities, automotive pharmaceuticals. And here is the overall performance rating. 


5) The fifth is Drive-In Drive Through Pallet Rack

Drive-in rack systems are high density, last in first out storage solutions. These storage rack systems feature narrow pallet storage lanes running perpendicular to the aisles. Pallets are placed on continuous rails. Drive-in systems are an economical solution when the need for density is high and selectivity is low. As a result, they are most effective when storing many pallets of SKUs. Drive-In pallet storage racks are available in either roll form and structural space saver rails.

File, a tracking system drive and loads and retrieves from the same side, creating first and last out inventory retrieval. Drive through loads from one side and unloads from the other to create first in first in inventory retrieval advantages. Density of storage is much higher. Thus maximum. Public space reduces aisles. Space further increases food space utilization. Maximum pallets stored per cubic foot than any other storage systems suitable for customers, mainly both goods of the same type. Best for cold and chilled storage applications. Perfectly suitable for seasonal goods.

6) The sixth is Pushback Pallet Rack

Pushback systems store pallets of the same product on a carts system, on rails in lanes, two to five positions deep. Pallets are loaded by pushing back previously placed pallets, setting the new pallet on the next cart position. Similarly, as a pallet is retrieved, the next pallet rolls forward to the aisle.

Push back high-density storage offers increased selectivity as every lane can be accessed from the aisle without affecting the lanes above or below.

7) And the seventh is Cantilever Rack

Cantilever Rack Systems feature arms extended from one or both sides of structural steel towers. This allows unobstructed frontal access to all items. These systems provide full use of the space side to side on each level. This allows you to store products or materials of varying lengths without interference. Cantilever Rack is ideal for long or awkward-shaped items like lumber pipe, bar stock, carpet, furniture, and more.

Regular-Duty vs. Heavy Duty Pallet Rack

Regular duty uprights are constructed of 16-gauge steel and provide 16,100 lbs. capacity per upright. The heavy-duty uprights feature a 23,300 lbs. capacity from 14-gauge steel. Regular and heavy-duty capacities are based upon a maximum shelf spacing of 36”. Our regular-duty and heavy-duty warehouse shelving now feature 3” x 3” columns and 5” x 8” seismic base plates.

Quick and Easy to Customize or Reconfigure

This teardrop, clip together warehouse racking makes customization and expansions quick and easy. Other types of warehouse racking require you to replace the entire upright. Our design keeps things simple and less costly. We can do this by letting you customize each part. The beams feature safety clips that are simple to install; just simply lift the clip and pull the beam up. This allows for easy replacement in case of damage because you can replace just that one part. Pallet racking is designed to be used with forklifts, scissor lifts, or hand stacking.

Return on Investment: More Storage, Less Expensive

Industrial Pallet racking can expand storage capacity, giving you the ability to store more in less space. With its inexpensive cost, you can save money and free up valuable space for other revenue functions. Many of our warehouse rack shelving systems will pay for themselves in lease savings alone!

Upright Frames

Pallet Rack Upright Frames
  • RMI Approved
  • 2″ Vertical Adjustability for Beam Placement
  • Tear Drop Style Racking
  • Welded Baseplate Design with Rounded Corners
  • Bolted Frame Design with Tube and Channel Horizontal at 42″ Centers
  • Manufactured Using 55,000 PSI Strength Steel
  • Backers Available Upon Request
  • 3 x 3 and 4 x 3 Columns Available
Pallet Rack Upright Frame Size Chart 3" x 3
Pallet Rack Upright Frame Size Chart 4" x 3

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Step Beams

Pallet Rack Step Beam
  • 1-5/8″ Beam Step Height Pallet Rack
  • Universal Tear Dop Connectors (Compatible with most brands)
  • Custom Powder Coat Colors Available
  • Welded Push/Pull Safety Clip
  • RMI Approved
Step Beam Size Chart 16 Gauge 3 Pin
Step Beam Size Chart 16 Gauge 4 Pin
Step Beam Size Chart 14 Gauge 3 Pin
Step Beam Size Chart 14 Gauge 4 Pin
Step Beam Size Chart 13 Gauge 4 Pin

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Pallet Rack with guard backing
Pallet Rack Teardrop

Accidents Happen. Add Pallet Rack Guard Rail

Let Material Handling USA help you create a safe work environment. Our manufactures stock large quantities of industrial pallet rack guard rail that are available for quick ship. Get a quote today!

Pallet Rack Guard Rail
Pallet Rack Guard Rail
Pallet Rack Guard Rail Bolt To floor

Pallet Rack Must Have Accessories

Pallet Rack Decking

Hand Stacking

Wire deck and particle board decking instantly adds shelf levels for hand stacking and loose product.

Simple but heavy-duty!

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Pallet Rack Wire Decking
Pallet Rack Upright Guards

Column Guards


Avoid rack collapsing due do collisions from forklifts.

The most overlooked item in the industry, don’t let that be you!

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Wire Mesh Guarding

Safety & Security

Wire mesh partitions will keep your staff safe from falling pallets and add protection against theft. 

Save money and be safe!

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wire mesh guarding
pallet rack safety netting

Protects & Safety

Durable barrier to contain loose boxes, parallelized goods and stacked materials.

Protects people and reduces product damage.

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Keep an organized inventory; pick orders and SKUs faster. 

Increase productivity and overall profits.

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Material Handling Storage Solutions

In conclusion, you can see Material Handling USA is ALL about pallet rack. Not just the rack but also pallet rack accessories. Helping you to lay it out. Helping you with seismic information. And helping you with permitting because it is important to get the whole thing right. Start to finish, we have it all!

old style interlake upright vs new style

Here are the two differences between new style, Interlake Pallet Rack and old style Interlake Rack.
These are like the shape pin or they call it “the lugs”. These will work in both of the styles. If you’ve got beams that have the round pin ring lower for you. There’s only one style of their frame that’s going to work with that is the round pin here that only works with old style Interlake Rack. So next time you’re in your warehouse, if you’ve got damaged product that needs replaced or you just pain old need to add rack on and want it to match and work together correctly please refer top this picture. 

Interlake Old Style Upright

This is the old style Interlake Upright.

Interlake New Style Upright

This is the new style Interlake Pallet Rack Upright.  Here we have a new style Interlake frame. It’s got the square keyholes. in the teardrop design. This is considered the old style. Interlake makes one style of beam and that is the shape pin.

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Pallet Rack Project For A Building Supply Company

Add Pallet Rack To Existing Rack

When you drive around a Building Supply Company You Find Building Supplies! Lots and lots of building supplies! And the best way to store them is pallet rack. This building supply company uses rack to store:

 Drywall & Wallboard

Joint Treatment and Interior Finishing

Ceiling & Acoustical

Steel Framing

Pallet Rack Against A Wall

They also use rack to store:




Tools & Accessories

Pallet Rack For A Building Supply Company

Sometimes we get calls to match rack that is already installed. We can help you figure out how to get  more rack that will integrate into your old existing rack. its kind of complicated but we can help you figure it out. 

Pallet Rack For Old Building

Pallet Rack out in the open needs to be fastened down to meet new safety requirements for inspection and safety.

Strong Rack For Building Supplies

Guards at the bottom of the uprights are a good idea to protect the rack. They keep you and the rack safe. protects your investment in rack and your staff. They are definitely worth the money you will spend on them.