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Bulk Storage rack

Massey Admin - Friday, October 08, 2010

Bulk storage racks are commonly used in warehouses and storage operations to store individual pieces and cartons that are hand loaded – (not palletized or forklift loaded)

Bulk Racks have clear spans from 4’ to 8’. They are usually 8’ to 12’ high by 2’ to 4’ deep. You will notice most are designed to use plywood or chip board, (4’x 8’ sheets). Load capacities range from 2000# per shelf down to 200# per shelf.


  • 1.       Low Cost
  • 2.       Ease of Construction
  • 3.       No special tools required

Massey Equipment Stocks the following bulk racking:

  • 1.       Interlake-Mecalux Slotted Angle
  • 2.       Interlake-Mecalux QA
  • 3.       Rivet Rack wide span.

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Rack Supported Warehouses

Massey Admin - Monday, August 02, 2010

Over the years we have designed Rack Supported Warehouses for the food industry; these racks carry the product but also support the roofs and sides of the building. These rack structures use 70-80 percent of the cube utilization. Most of these warehouses were -10 degree freezers. The warehouses where designed for use with counterbalanced electric forklifts or DC drive stacker cranes.

Advantage: Building can be depreciated as rack in 5-6 years.

Disadvantage: The building can only be used for the pallet size in the original design.

If this system is of interest please call us, we can go through the pluses and minuses, cost, etc.

Cantilever Rack

Massey Admin - Monday, July 26, 2010

If you must store wide loads like lumber, plywood, or siding, you will be a good candidate for Cantilever Rack. This racking consists of Christmas tree uprights, either single sided or double sided, with two uprights spaced out every 4 to 6 feet. Lowes, Home Depot, and many other lumber yards use this style of racking.

We stock used cantilever in our St. Louis warehouse.

We design and install cantilever rack.

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VNA-Stacker Crane Systems

Massey Admin - Monday, July 19, 2010

With the high cost of land and other property restraints we have seen a number of VNA-Very Narrow Aisle or Stacker Crane systems. Either of the above is a good option if you wish to stack 30 to 100 feet high. Depending upon the system your aisles will be between 54” to 66” wide.


  • Extremely high utilization of the warehouse space (cube)
  • Decrease labor cost-These machines can be computer driven-no operator.


  • High initials cost.
  • Double handling of product

You must have a good warehouse management system in order for a VNA system, whether stacker crane or turret truck, to be successful.

Massey Equipment will work with consultants on this kind of systems to help provide you with the best possible solution.

Pallet-Flow Rack

Massey Admin - Monday, July 12, 2010

If you can, envision loading a warehouse one of the building and unloading it on the far side. There is only one input and one retrieval aisle required. The pallets simply flow from one end of the rack to another.

Massey Equipment has designed and built warehouses for this configuration.


  • First in first out, excellent rotation of inventory.
  • Very good floor space utilization.


  • Cost is much higher than the other types of racking.

Please note a number of customers use pallet flow systems 10 pallets deeps to pre-charge loads at the shipping docks. This speeds up the shipping process plus gives you first in first out.

Push-Back Rack

Massey Admin - Monday, July 05, 2010

In a Push Back Rack System you can store up to six pallets deep. The counterbalanced forklift pushes the load into the rack from the aisle. The rack is unloaded from the same aisle. This rack is very efficient if you have sufficient aisle width to right angle stack and good forklift drivers.

Advantage: Modified first in, first out gives a good rotation of stock.

Disadvantage: Cost is 30% higher than drive-in rack

Massey Equipment has designed and installed many of these systems around the Midwest. We do have a demo unit at our St. Louis, Mo Warehouse.

Drive-Thru Pallet Rack

Massey Admin - Monday, June 28, 2010

In this type of rack system, you can drive completely thru the rack. This will allow better first in, first out rotation than normal drive-in rack.

Advantage- Better rotation of inventory

Disadvantage- In seismic zone 2 and 2A we cannot use this type of rack because it must be secured to the building. In seismic zones you should not put laterals loads on your structure. Because of these restraints we do not recommend drive-thru rack in the St. Louis area.

Drive-In Rack

Massey Admin - Monday, June 21, 2010

Drive in pallet racking-can be loaded by a counterbalanced forklift in depths from 2 pallets to 10 pallets. The rack can be any depth, height, or width again depending upon the building parameters, lift truck used, and pallet sizes.

Advantage of Drive-In Systems:

  • Good space utilization- 50% and 60% of your floor space is used for product storage; 40% - 50% is used for aisles.
  • Cost is only 50% higher than selective rack.

Disadvantages of Drive in systems:

  • In each vertical there should only one line item for quick easy access.
  • Picking pallets out of a drive-in system is slower than selective.

Massey Equipment designs and installs large quantities of drive in rack. We stock drive in components at our St. Louis warehouse.