There are many variables that are client and product specific that will need to be understood before the best warehouse pallet racking layouts and installations can be planned and designed. The pallet rack runs and layouts depend on the type and items being stored the different product types and pallet sizes. Some warehouses deal with a wide variety of types of product or pallet positions of differing weights and sizes while some warehouses or production facilities deal in a high turnaround of a single type of product and pallet.
There is also the more obvious issue of space, some companies have grown and require alterations to a facilities design to increase product stored or have a new product or production line that requires additional pallet racking. The two main restrictions to the number of pallet positions in an existing storage area are the height of the eves and ridge of the building’s roof. This is of course more expensive and a great challenge to alter than the other the restriction the type of fork lift truck used to move pallets. Pallet racking isle’s main function is to allow access between the pallet racking for safe loading and unloading of the pallet racking. The type and size of the forklift truck will give the pallet racking suppliers the minimum size of the isles that are required. If you are currently using a standard fork lift truck you may be filling your warehouse or storage area with a lot of floor space that is required to move the forklift truck safely between the pallet racking.
There are a number of innovative truck designs that allow the use of much smaller isles and therefore a much larger number of racking bays and pallet positions stored. Some of these modern narrow isle trucks can be used to both load and unload pallets in a narrow isle pallet rack layout as well as unloading and loading wagons. Some warehouse managers or production managers prefer to use two different trucks but again this depends on the size and type of storage operation and what best suits the needs of that facility.