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A field guide to racks

This quick and dirty primer on the most common types of pallet racks will help you determine which type is best suited to a particular application.

By Susan K. Lacefield

To the untrained eye, it can be hard to distinguish between a raven and a crow. But birders know that ravens are bigger than crows, have a different call, and sport a wedge-shaped—instead of a fan-shaped—tail.

Similarly, to the untrained eye, one rack can look pretty much like another. But if you hang around distribution centers and warehouses long enough, you know there are many different types of racks and that each boasts unique characteristics.

Just as wildlife guides can help you identify which birds and animals you'd expect to find in which environments, the following field guide to racks can help you distinguish between some of the most common types of manual pallet racks. Ultimately, this information, coupled with a good understanding of your operation, should help you decide which racks are best for you.


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