Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow Aisle Racking can significantly increase the storage capacity of your warehouse or distribution centre, making it a very cost-effective solution for your business.

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Narrow Aisle Racking

General Information

Narrow Aisle Racking Systems allows for the utilisation of narrow aisles within the warehouse, optimising space utilisation without compromising on accessibility. With this system, every inch of available space is utilised, providing a high-density storage solution that maximises your storage capacity.

To facilitate efficient picking and stock rotation, the Narrow Aisle Racking System utilises VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) forklift trucks, designed to be able to move in tight spaces and lift loads to high levels.

Our Narrow Aisle Racking Systems are engineered to the highest quality standards to ensure reliable performance and outstanding goods protection. Our team of experts will work closely with you plan and design a bespoke system according to your specific requirements, ensuring optimal functionality and seamless integration into your warehouse operations. They can also advise on our range of  racking protection products such as Protect It XL and Protect It Maxi Column guards to protect your racking and stock from damage caused by materials handling machinery.

 

By implementing the Narrow Aisle Racking System from Stamina Storage Systems businesses can achieve efficient space utilisation, increase picking rates, and enhance stock rotation. This system is particularly beneficial for industries with high SKU counts or fast-moving inventory, where quick access to products and accurate inventory management are crucial.

The benefits of

Narrow Aisle Racking

Maximises Storage Space
VNA racking systems are designed to optimise vertical storage space, allowing businesses to store a higher number of pallets in a given area compared to traditional racking systems with wider aisles. This maximisation of space is particularly valuable in densely populated urban areas where warehouse space is at a premium.
Increased Storage Density
VNA racking systems can achieve a high storage density due to their ability to store pallets at greater heights. This is especially beneficial for businesses that have a large volume of inventory to store within a limited footprint.
Improved Space Utilisation
By reducing the aisle width and making the most of vertical space, VNA racking minimises wasted space, making it possible to store more products while keeping the overall footprint of the warehouse relatively small.
Enhanced Efficiency
VNA forklifts used in conjunction with these racking systems are highly manoeuvrable and precise, allowing for efficient and quick access to pallets. This can lead to faster order fulfilment and reduced labour costs.
Selectivity
While VNA systems sacrifice some selectivity compared to traditional racking, they still provide relatively easy access to individual pallets. This makes them suitable for businesses with medium to high product turnover rates.
Improved Inventory Management
VNA racking systems can be integrated with inventory management software and automation, allowing for better tracking and management of inventory levels and movement. This leads to reduced errors and improved inventory accuracy.
Safer Working Environment
VNA forklifts are designed for high-reach operations and are equipped with safety features such as sensors and guidance systems to prevent accidents. This contributes to a safer working environment for warehouse personnel.
Cost Savings
While there is an initial investment in specialised forklifts and guidance systems, the long-term cost savings can be significant. Reduced warehouse space requirements, improved efficiency, and lower labour costs can lead to a favourable return on investment over time.
Scalability
VNA racking systems are highly customisable and can be designed to meet specific storage requirements. As business needs change and grow, these systems can be expanded or reconfigured to accommodate evolving inventory demands.
Sustainable Storage Solution
By maximising the utilisation of existing warehouse space, VNA racking systems can help reduce the need for new warehouse construction, which can be environmentally and financially beneficial.

The features of

Narrow Aisle Racking

Narrow Aisles

VNA racking systems have aisles that are much narrower than those found in traditional pallet racking setups. These aisles are typically between 1.6 to 2.2 meters (5 to 7 feet) wide, compared to wider aisles in conventional systems.

Specialised Forklifts

To operate in these narrow aisles, specialised forklifts called turret trucks or Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) forklifts are used. These forklifts are designed to be able to maneuver in tight spaces and lift loads to high levels.

Space Utilisation

A racking systems are often very tall, taking advantage of vertical storage space. This allows for the stacking of pallets at greater heights while still providing access for the VNA forklifts to retrieve and place pallets accurately.

Wire Guidance or Guidance Systems

VNA systems often incorporate wire guidance or guidance systems in the floor to assist the VNA forklifts in navigating the narrow aisles accurately.

Accessibility

While VNA racking maximizes space utilisation, it typically sacrifices some selectivity compared to traditional racking systems. Since pallets are densely stored and retrieval is usually based on the first-in, first-out (FIFO) principle, it may not be as suitable for products with varying turnover rates.

Key facts

  • Aisle width: 1.6 metres
  • Space utilisation: 45%
  • All pallets accessible
  • High throughput speeds
  • Specialist forklift options

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