Cold Storage Racking 101: All You Need to




Cold Storage Racking 101: All You Need to Know

Cold Storage Racking 101: All You Need to Know

Apr 23, 2024

Keeping your temperature-sensitive goods fresh and organized in a cold storage facility is crucial. But with limited space and a constant need for efficiency, traditional storage methods just won't cut it. That's where cold storage racking systems come in.


Advantages of Cold Storage Racks

Cold storage racks offer a multitude of benefits compared to floor storage:

  • Increased Storage Capacity: By utilizing vertical space, racks significantly increase your storage capacity without expanding your footprint.
  • Improved Organization and Accessibility: Racks keep your goods organized and clearly labeled, allowing for faster picking and retrieval. This translates to increased agility in fulfilling orders.
  • Enhanced Safety: Racks keep pallets and boxes off the ground, minimizing the risk of damage from spills or forklift accidents.
  • Better Inventory Management: Organized storage with clear access allows for easier stock rotation and identification of expiring goods.
  • Optimized Airflow: Proper racking design promotes better air circulation, ensuring consistent temperatures throughout your cold storage facility.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

How to Choose the Right Cold Storage Racking

The ideal cold storage racking system depends on several factors:

  • Product type and weight: Consider the size, weight, and stacking ability of your goods.
  • Storage requirements: Do you need easy access to all items, or can some be stored more densely?
  • Warehouse layout and available space: Measure your space and consider aisle width needs for forklifts or other equipment.
  • Budget: Different racking systems come with varying price points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Most Common Cold Storage Racking Systems

Now, let's explore some of the most popular cold storage racking solutions:

·         Pallet Racks:

    • The most common and versatile option.
    • Upright frames support horizontal beams that create bays for storing palletized goods.
    • Offers good accessibility and can be easily adjusted to fit different pallet sizes.

·         Racks on Mobile Bases:

    • Traditional pallet racks mounted on motorized bases.
    • Bases allow for compact storage by creating narrow aisles that open up only when access is needed.
    • Ideal for maximizing storage capacity in facilities with limited space.

·         Pallet Shuttle System:

    • A semi-automated storage solution utilizing a motorized shuttle that retrieves and deposits pallets within racking lanes.
    • Increases storage density and improves picking efficiency while minimizing forklift traffic in aisles.

·         Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) for Pallets:

    • Highly automated systems with computer-controlled cranes that retrieve and store pallets within a dense racking structure.
    • Best suited for high-volume facilities with frequent product movement.

·         Automated Mini-load Warehouse for Boxes:

    • Similar to AS/RS for pallets, but designed for smaller, lighter items stored in bins or containers.
    • Offers excellent storage density and order-picking accuracy in a compact footprint.        



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