Engineered Solutions design, manufacture and install Rack Solutions throughout the UK. We have a large selection of rack shelves available to fit all environments, including Heavy Duty Racking, Industrial Racking and automated pallet racking.
We offer an initial free-of-charge site visit to fully understand your requirements, where we will share our expertise and advise you on the best system to fit the needs of your operation.
Our engineering team design Pallet Racking systems to meets your exact requirements,
from design, manufacture and installation we will advise you on the best solution to maximise your available footprint.
Outlined below is the vast range of solutions we have available, why not take advantage of our free consultancy service where one of our engineers will visit you on site to discuss your requirements and advise you on the best one to fit your needs.
The highest density storage achievable is block stacking for example containerised, stock which can be erected by forklift and is limited by the stability of the outer casing or packing. However once you start to require individual accessibility, you need a shelf or level to store the pallet or container and that is where pallet racking comes in. The rest is down to systems, planning and engineering.
Pallet Racking falls into 4 main groups:-
1) General Purpose Pallet Racking
2) Medium Density Pallet Racking Storage
3) High Density Pallet Racking Storage
4) Automated Pallet Racking
We have the technical teams to construct handling systems in manual and bulk to maximise your use of space, minimising your footprint and ensuring that your picking teams are focused on key turnround operations.
This covers everything from work in progress, goods receiving to small works stores.
Pallet racking projects for counterbalance trucks are the simplest, most common type of pallet organisation. It’s a low density system which makes use of low cost handling systems, such as stackers and counterbalanced forklifts.
However there are a number of variants of pallet racking which are designed around specialist forklift trucks. At Engineered Solutions we handle articulated trucks and four directional trucks as part of our range specific to the systems we build which are as follows:-
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3. High Density Pallet Racking
High density pallet racking storage systems are the equivalent of block stacking and it suits stock which needs to be picked in a particular order or stock which is not time sensitive.
It’s not as accessible as medium density storage systems, but it allows a high degree of accessibility.
A high density storage system in pallet racking terms is one pallet either stacked on top of or behind another.
There are 3 ways to retrieve them. Forklift truck, conveyor or shuttle and the choice depends entirely on the suitability of the product, location and throughput requirement.
These systems are known as:-
3.1) Live Store.
3,2) Push Back
3.3) Drive In – Drive Through
3.5) Double Deep
3.1 Live Storage
Shuttle Pallet Racking – Shuttle brings the next pallet to the pick face or takes it back to the storage point. The big advantage is it keeps the trucks out of the system and mechanically manages the loading controls of the operation so the system is not prone to being forced or damaged by forklift operations.
It usually involves picking two units at a time and in today’s market it would probably be better handled by a shuttle which can go double deep and organise the space much better and requires less operation room for handling equipment.
3.6 Mobile Pallet Racking
After block stacking systems, such as push back, drive in and live pallet racking systems, this is the next super high density system. The pallet racking is assembled on to mobile bases which run on rails in the floor. These can be made to size and order as required with single and double chasses. Each block system will have only one lane and it can be built to suit any type of truck so the whole system then opens up to the appropriate lane, saving the need for multiple lanes in a conventional pallet racking warehouse where all the faces require to be visible.
In this system the whole mobile bases operate together to open at the appropriate aisle to provide the pick face for the truck and driver enabling high density storage in locations challenged for space.
4. Automated Pallet Racking
Stacker trucks will operate in narrow aisles and are low cost, high headroom access equipment. They require a pallet which allows the stacker to place it on the ground over the outreached legs that it has at the front. To enable it to access the pallet racking a bottom beam level is required to clear the legs as it enters the system.
The advantages of this are they are comparatively low cost equipment which offers the properties of VNA and high lift. The disadvantages are you may need slave pallets and the trucks do not readily work outside.
Reach trucks usually require between 2.8m and 3.5m aisles and are not keen on working outside. They have fast lifting systems and are stable at height. They are comparatively low cost compared to some of the VNA equipment and they can take high loads.
Articulated Trucks & Man Up
Articulated trucks will work down to 1700mm aisles depending upon pallets. They have rapid lifting systems and will work both inside and outside.
They are an excellent choice for big pallet warehouses with multiple aisles and are the first step to man up and very narrow aisle systems offering all the benefits of both narrow aisle and a counterbalance capability.
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