Standard pallet rack also know as “selective pallet rack” is the most common pallet storage racking found in warehouses today. At AK Material Handling Systems, we’re committed to supplying our customers with the high quality, name-brand pallet rack they need. As part of this commitment, we carry a selection of new, in-stock selective teardrop pallet rack that is second-to-none. With three warehouses across the United States (Maple Grove, MN, Erie, PA, and Chicago, IL) we are able to offer our customers a large freight advantage. Our inventory features a number of the most trusted manufacturers in the industry: Ridg-U-Rak, Speedrack Products Group, SpaceRak, and Interlake. We compliment our pallet rack inventory with a massive amount of pallet rack wire decks in stock as well. We stock J&L Wire and ITC Wire mesh products for our racking systems. For AK Material Handling Systems, no project is too big or too small to handle. Customers with larger warehouse projects can receive factory direct discounts, as well as warehouse layout and design consultation.
When space in your warehouse is tight pushback pallet rack is king. Push-back pallet rack systems increase storage density, allowing you to truly make the most of your available warehouse space. These systems offer the ability to increase pallet count without sacrificing selectivity. This feature gives push-back systems a leg up on many traditional storage systems, and the superior combination of density and selectivity means you’re getting the most of out of your warehouse in terms of efficiency. AKMHS partners with multiple manufacturers and vendors to find the exact pushback system for your warehouse. With over 25 years in the industry we have multiple warehouses in Minnesota and across the country that are currently using an AK pushback pallet storage system.
Drive-in pallet rack systems boast the greatest storage density of any of our engineered pallet rack systems. By eliminating aisles, drive-in pallet rack systems are able to maximize warehouse storage space. In fact, a drive-in rack system can increase your pallet storage by as much as 60%. Due to their ability to deliver optimal storage density, drive-in rack systems are prevalent among warehouses with fist-in, last-out inventory rotations. Drive-in racking is also commonly referred to as “drive-through high density storage.”
Gravity flow pallet rack systems also know as pallet flow racks can get your warehouse flowing. Pallet flow rack systems use metal rollers and the force of gravity to feed pallets into the rack’s pick positions. Like drive-in rack systems, gravity flow racking maximizes storage space by minimizing aisles. Unlike drive-in systems, however, gravity flow systems operate using a first-in, first-out sequence. Gravity pallet flowing systems are engineered based on individual needs, and can be designed to hold up to 20 pallets deep in a single lane of storage. AK’s Pallet Flow designs are engineered to perform and manufactured to last! With custom solutions for ALL applications, from economical shallow depth pick module systems to the most challenging deep lane flow systems in harsh environments.
Carton flow storage systems also called span track are designed to accommodate high volume order picking with reduced operator activity. Similarly to gravity flow pallet systems, carton flow system use gravity and metal or plastic rollers to “flow” inventory stored in cartons or boxes. They are commonly found in “flowing” warehouses that have a large number of products being picked daily. Because these systems are gravity-driven, they work excellent with conveyor picking as well, providing both maximum visibility and order accuracy. Span-Track will help you increase productivity on the line, create a safer warehouse and maximize space.
Some materials don’t fit neatly or effectively into pallet rack systems. Lumber and steel, for example, are often too long and akward to fit on pallets, and may not have squared edges. Materials such as these are best stored using cantilever rack systems. Cantilever storage warehouse rack systems are also known as furniture racks, and are ideal for storing long items in continuous runs in order to avoid left-to-right vertical uprights interfering with the placement of the product on the shelf. Cantilever racks can be found in a wide variety of settings, such as lumber yards, hardware stores, or plumbing supplies warehouses. Cantilever rack is a product that we do have in stock at our Maple Grove, MN location.
For those looking to increase warehouse space, industrial work platforms are a superb alternative to building an addition or leasing new warehouse space. Functioning as an elevated platform above your current warehouse floorspace, these systems maximize space by utilizing your available overhead room, as well as your square footage. Making the choice to install a mezzanine can double, or in some cases even triple your existing operating area, but for as much as 80% less cost than that of an addition. In addition to the value advantage that work platforms pose, they also offer added convenience, as they can be constructed in-facility without disrupting your workflow. Our mezzanines/work platforms are designed and engineered in the United States using the highest quality materials and workmanship.
In addition to supplying customers with top-tier pallet rack products and engineered rack systems, AK Material Handling Systems provides warehouse design services for the storage and handling of materials through manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centers. AK Material Handling System’s professional designers have acquired years of experience listening to the needs of our customers, and will work to provide you with the customized system that’s right for you. We also work closely with industrial real estate professionals helping our clients find the right industrial space for their business. We offer free budgetary numbers along with rack layouts to help our customers make the right choices when searching for a new warehouse location.