Are you looking to double the storage capacity of your facility? If so, double deep pallet racking could be the solution for you.
What is Double Deep Pallet Racking?
Double deep pallet racking is similar to standard pallet racking, the difference being that double deep pallet racking allows you to store two pallets with two rows back-to-back. This system is a compromise between a high-density system and a selective system.
By taking advantage of the readily available space in your facility you are doubling the capacity. Using this method reduces the number of aisles that are required as the pallets can only be accessed from one aisle which in turn increases the efficiency of your warehouse.
Advantages of Double Deep Pallet Racking
- Increased capacity – You can increase the volume of products without expanding your facility
- Improved utilisation of floor space – The number of aisles is reduced.
- Offers 50% selectivity – Immediate access to the pallets stored at the front of the racking
- Less expensive – Cheaper to install than other systems and is easy to re-locate
Disadvantages of Double Deep Pallet Racking
- LIFO rotation – Last In First Out rotation limits the number of pallets that can be retrieved immediately
- Reduced access to 50% of stock – Half of the stock is not readily retrievable which can affect the throughput rate
- Requirements for specialised equipment – Specialised forklifts are required to access the pallets
Things to Consider
This system requires the use of specialised pallet handling equipment because of the depth of the racking. The most common forklift used is a reach truck or an articulated forklift. The forklift operator lifts the pallet to the desired location and then places the second pallet directly in front of it.
Double deep systems are ideal for facilities with a high turnover of stock or store identical pallets as they have immediate access to the front pallet due to the LIFO rotation.