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Pushback racking is a high-density storage system that utilizes a shuttle cart or roller bed mechanism to store pallets two to seven deep in a single aisle. Regardless of the mechanism, these units offer all the storage density of drive-in racking while providing full-lane selectivity — meaning forklift operators won’t need to drive into racks to pick pallets. This helps eliminate aisles and reduce forklift travel time.
There are two main types of pushback racking. The first type places pallets on individual enveloping carts nested on inclined rails within the rack structure. The other leverages an inclined roller bed system. In the cart configuration, the forklift operator will load pallets into the front aisle position onto the top cart. Then, as they load additional pallets, the cart will “push back,” revealing the next cart. This continues until the last pallet is loaded and the lane is full. In a roller bed system, there are no carts. Instead, a bed of rollers facilitates easy movement of pallets into the back positions of the aisle.
When it comes time to unload pallets, the whole process happens in reverse, only this time, gravity is doing the work of moving the cart toward the front aisle position. When the lane is empty, all carts are restacked and ready for reloading.
With pallets accessible at the aisle face, pushback racking is designed to support Last-In-First-Out (FIFO) storage — ideal for high-volume, high-SKU applications.
Adding pushback racking to your facility can come with some great
Pushback racking offers all the benefits of other high-density storage systems with the convenience of single-lane selectivity.
The simple shuttle cart or roller bed design offers durability and reliability without the need for constant maintenance.
Compared to drive-in racking, pushback racks offer similar storage density with a limited risk of damage on uprights from forklift collisions.
Each pushback lane can store a unique SKU, up to seven pallets deep and multiple levels high.
Operators only need to pull pallets from the front aisle location, reducing travel time and increasing the overall productivity of your facility.
We carry pushback racking from all the top manufacturers:
Pushback racks might seem complex at first glance. While there are more moving parts than say selective pallet racks, once you understand each individual component, pushback racks are actually quite simple in their construction. Let’s explore those components now.
The pushback frame is similar in construction to other pallet racking systems. Two upright posts, made from steel, form the bulk of the frame structure with punched hole slots to accommodate height changes to the beams.
Nested between the upright frames are the pushback beams. They hold the rack together laterally and keep the load supported. One key difference about pushback beams is that they need to accommodate the shuttles and rails that allow pallets to move.
Most pushback systems use a pallet shuttle configuration. Here, individual carts house a single pallet, with carts nesting within each other when not loaded. Rails attach to beams on a slight incline, allowing for gravity to move pallets into the front position when the preceding cart is unloaded.
Here, instead of carts, a roller bed runs the depth of the lane. This roller bed is at a slight incline, allowing for the same gravity-powered movement of pallets as the cart-based system. This configuration is slightly less common than pushback carts.
You can find pushback racks in many different types of facilities:
Considering pushback racking? Well, before you make a purchase, you should weigh your racking options. While pushback racking is both durable and versatile, it’s not the right equipment for every application.
To learn more, be sure to read our blog on the topic.
Have some questions about pushback pallet racking? Not finding the brand you’re looking for in our inventory? Don’t hesitate to connect with the East Coast Storage Equipment team today. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you find the right racking for your facility.
Making any equipment purchase can be a big decision. With a pushback rack, there are a few key considerations you should have in mind so you can find the right equipment for your facility. Let’s explore.
Different warehouses have different needs. It's essential to consider:
We stock many different styles and brands of used pushback systems and components. Like most of our storage systems, the equipment we offer is just the beginning–it can be customized or engineered for the specific needs of your facility and/or application. Pushback racking increases productivity and speeds up product retrieval. We would love to design a pushback system for your warehouse to make those benefits a reality for you.
Our used pushback rack inventory includes complete used systems we've acquired, but may also include separate pushback components, such as structural or roll-formed uprights/frames, structural rails and different carts (trays).
Found the perfect racking for your facility but don’t know the first thing about installation? Don’t worry; East Coast Storage Equipment is here to help. With our comprehensive installation services, you can rest assured your racking will be installed according to industry standards.
Pushback racks are the perfect solution if you’re looking to maximize space without slowing down inventory rotation. What makes this racking system so unique is the inclined rails or nested carts that allow for pallets to glide back and forth in the rack bays.
When a worker places a pallet on a pushback rack, the load will push the pallet currently on the rack back into the bay. When the worker removes the front pallet from the rack, the inclined system will use gravity to push the pallets behind the current load to the front position.
While each rack style has its own advantages, pushback racking provides a much more efficient storage system over selective pallet racking. If you want to maximize your warehouse space, pushback racks often offer more product storage over selective systems. Additionally, instead of single or double-deep selective racks, you can store up to five pallets in the deep bays of pushback racks.
Pushback racking is a great option for certain storage situations. Understanding your inventory mix can help you make an informed decision on whether this type of rack is right for your facility.
Pushback may be the best option if you have several products with more than five pallets per SKU. Additionally, pushback racking offers great stock rotation and occupancy, so storing different products on multiple levels is much more convenient. Lastly, if forklift damage is a concern, pushback racks help reduce the risks because the operator won’t need to drive into the rack to retrieve product.
While this will depend on the manufacturer and particular piece of equipment, generally speaking, most pushback pallet racks can hold a depth of anywhere between two to six pallets in each bay level. Most systems consist of multiple levels and bays, multiplying the storage capacity accordingly. For example, a pushback system made up of four levels with capacity for three pallets in each bay (assuming it's one pallet wide) would have 12 pallet positions in total.
Again, weight capacities will vary depending on the type of equipment you are using. With pushback racking, though, most systems have a 3000 lbs capacity for standard palletized loads.
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