Push Back Racking

Push back racking is an excellent choice for warehouses that are looking for a high density storage system, which is typically not found in other pallet racking options. Each level in a push back rack system holds a series of nested rolling carts which operate in a lane that slopes upwards away from the front of the unit. As lift truck operators load the pallets onto the rack, the first unit is pushed back farther into the system and the next cart is exposed for storage of the next unit; this is how the storage unit got its name, as units are pushed back onto the rack. Push Back lane depths can be 2 lanes deep, up to 6 lanes deep. Carts in a push back racking system are interlocked, to help avoid hang-ups and jammed lanes.

Push back racking allows you to store multiple SKUs on different lane levels, enabling easy access. Combined with proper warehouse management, you can maintain a first in, first out storage system by emptying the oldest lanes first.

The safety and stability of your Redirack push back racking is of the utmost importance. Given that pushback racking deals with dynamic and/or varying loads, Redirack takes care to ensure that the system is more robust than standard selective pallet rack. It is important to store correct cross-sections of SKUs when using a push back racking system for successful storage. If you need help in reviewing your slotting plans and would like us to explain our “rule of three” best practice method, give us a call or request information online today.

   Push Back Rack - Carts & Rails

Push Back Racking - How It Works
Example: Loading and Unloading a 3-Deep Push Back Rack System

Step 1 - Each lane is equipped with a pair of inclined rails and a series of colour-coded nested carts. Here, the first pallet has been placed by the lift truck on the top of and flush with the front of the orange cart.

 Push Back Rack - Step 1

Step 2 - The second pallet is loaded by pushing back the first load and placing it on the next exposed cart - the blue cart.

Push Back Rack - Step 2 

Step 3 -Pallet three is loaded similarly although this time 2 pallet loads are being pushed back which exposes the rails at the front.

 Push Back Rack - Step 3

Step 4 - The last pallet is placed directly on the rails, allowing (in this example) for a total storage depth of 3 pallets.

 Push Back Rack - Step 4

Step 5 - When moving product, the lift truck starts by lifting the front cart high enough to clear the pallet stops or cart. Then the lift truck begins slowly withdrawing the load and regulating the flow of the remaining carts and loads towards the aisle. 

 Push Back Rack - Step 5

Step 6 - The remaining pallets are removed similarly. As each is removed, the loads in behind roll toward the aisle.

Push Back Rack - Step 6


Redirack Push Back Advantage

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At a Glance

  • Benefits & Features of Push Back Racking
    • Offers the same high density pallet storage as Drive In with much higher selectivity; 3 to 5 times the number of pick faces
    • Increased picking efficiency over Drive In racking. Pallets are all picked or placed from the main aisle without having to drive into storage lanes.
    • Significantly less honeycombing than Drive In
    • No special lift equipment required

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    Push Back Rack - Down Aisle Shot