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Selective Pallet Rack

Walk into a warehouse and it’s likely you will see selective racking. It is the most popular type of pallet racking in the market. There is a reason for that. This type of rack offers different variations including roll-formed and structural racks.

Roll-formed racks

Roll-formed racks are manufactured using heavy-duty sheet metal. It comes in several styles including:

  • Keystone (also called Republic) – known for its beam clips with square tops
  • Teardrop – most common of all roll-formed styles; uprights and crossbeams interchangeable regardless of manufacturer

All roll-formed racks use connectors as part of the rack. There are no bolts required for assembly. This rack type allows for easy assembly and offers many configurations.

A potential drawback of roll-formed racks is the construction. These racks do you use heavy-duty sheet metal, however, it is no match for pallet trucks or forklifts. Roll-formed racks can sustain more damage than other types of racks (structural).

Roll-formed racking is perfect for light to middleweight products. It works best in situations with many product SKUs, particularly if there are multiple sizes. Do you carry many seasonal products and require multiple uses for that space? Roll-formed racking may be the right option.

Structural racking

Structural pallet racking uses c-channel steel compared to sheet metal used in roll-formed racks. Each upright and crossbeam bolts together, providing increased strength. The steel used in structural racking is thicker. As a result, it is more resistant to impact/damage from forklifts and other warehouse equipment.

Versatile is a word often associated with structural racking. Because of its construction, selective rack goes up and tears down easier when compared to other rack options. It also offers flexibility in designing multiple configurations and can accommodate a wide variety of products. Flexibility extends to how you access product. Structural racking offers the capability of first in, last out or last in, first out access to pallets.

You will find structural rack systems in traditional warehouse environments. But its durability makes it a good choice for extreme environments such as freezers, too. Because there are no hard-to-reach areas of structural rack (easy to clean) thanks to its c-channel construction, it is a favorite of food manufacturing.

This rack system will not work in every setting. Applications that need dense storage of product are not suited for this type of racking. Structural rack isn’t designed for vertical storage. Safety and expense are the main reasons most do not recommend structural rack higher than 40 feet. The same is true for warehouses with small footprints. Structural rack requires quite a bit of space.

Selective racking makes sense for many warehouse settings including:

  • General warehouse
  • Industrial
  • Retail

These racks offer easy accessibility. All reconfigure easily and typically provide for quick and economical installation when used in the correct setting. Discover which selective rack option is best for your application by talking with one of our rack professionals today.


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