Pallet Live and Push Back Racking

LIFO and FIFO Pallet Systems

Pallet Live applications fall into two main categories;

  • LIFO – push-back racking, with the leading pallet, pushed back into dense pallet storage, either using a roller or trolley system.
  • FIFO – based pallet live systems, feature loading at the rear and picking from the front of a dense block of storage, with gravity rollers or trolleys presenting pallets for picking at the front.

Brake rollers and pallet separator mechanisms at the pick end ensure the safe passage and retrieval of pallets.

Benefits of Pallet Live and Push Back Racking;

  • Significant increase in pallet storage density.
  • The increase in efficiency of pallet live over conventional racking can be up to 60%.
  • Efficient preparation for despatch at the loading dock.
  • Significant reduction of travel times.
  • Good overview of all items on stock.
  • Increased productivity due to separate loading and picking aisles on pallet live.
  • Automated loading and/or retrieval are possible in both pallet live and push-back racking.
Pallet Live and Push Back racking systems

LIFO – Push Back Racking

  • Pallets are loaded in sequence. During loading, pallets are pushed back to utilise the full depth of the racking. Gravity pushes the next pallet to the front when one is removed.
  • Pallets are loaded and retrieved from one face only to optimise space.
  • Quick and easy individual product SKU access is by each slot rather than by lane or level.
  • Provides good occupancy rates within a high-density system and enables a variety of pallet types to be stored together.
  • Conventional forklift trucks can be used.

LIFO – Gravity Fed Racking

  • Great for taking product direct from production lines.
  • Each roller bed supports one SKU.
  • The number of items per SKU and the incline determine the lane length
  • When used as dispatch lanes, 13 deep runs ensure that pallet live storage racking  can make for easy 26 pallet complete lorry loads.
  • Can lead to reduced vehicle waiting time as well as travel time for in-house transport and  dramatically minimises the footprint of dispatch lanes.


Aerosol and explosives cages installed in a warehouse

Aerosol and Explosives Cages

NSI can design and install all types of aerosol storage cages to satisfy Insurance Company and Building Control/Fire Officer requirements.

Shuttle racking system in a large warehouse

Shuttle Racking System

For clients for whom ultra-high density pallet storage is important, a shuttle racking system can be the answer. The concept is based around the fact that the forklift never enters the racking, individual pallet movements being conducted on intelligent RF guided shuttles that operate on rails millimetres below each pallet.

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Pallet Racking Repairs

NSI undertake all types of pallet racking repairs for a number of national companies across their portfolios, as part of a holistic system of rack safety.

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Racking Inspections

Racking Inspections are integral for rack safety. They are undertaken by our SARI qualified inspector to maintain H&S standards.

Tall pallet racking decking unit

Pallet Racking Decking

Warehouse pallet racking decking can be used to provide additional support to pallets that don’t naturally overlap.

Narrow-aisle racking in multiple sections in a warehouse

Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow aisle pallet racking and very narrow aisle racking (VNA) can offer some of the same flexibility as wide aisle racking.

Multiple mobile racking units in a warehouse

Mobile Racking

Mobile pallet racking systems are assembled by mounting individual runs of the rack onto heavy-duty mobile racking bases equipped with electric motors running on tracks embedded in the warehouse floor.

Drive in racking for fort lift trucks

Drive-in Racking

For a cost-effective solution for storing palletised goods within a limited space in your warehouse or business. Drive-in pallet racking offers a relatively low cost per pallet stored.

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Cantilever Racking

Cantilever Racking is generally designed to maximise storage capacity, accessibility and presentation of long or irregular items.

Anti-collapse racking mesh

Anti-Collapse and Racking Mesh

We can supply and install the more traditional steel panels, anti-collapse mesh for racking system or increasingly the more flexible anti-collapse netting system, supplied in a range of sizes.

Wide-aisle pallet racking with a fort lift storing goods

Wide Aisle Pallet Racking

The most commonly used system for storing palletised unit loads is wide aisle pallet racking. Fast throughput and ease of unloading/loading, make wide aisle racking extremely popular.

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