Very Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking
Using a VNA pallet racking design can be useful for increasing storage space with a restricted floor area. It does this by using a specific forklift which can reduce aisle size usually around 50%.
By using this specific forklift with VNA racking, companies are able to keep a high level of selectivity within their operation while reducing floor space coverage.
- Selectivity - 100% access to every SKU or Pallet in the system
- Inventory Rotation – FIFO (First in, first out ordering) is easily achieved through manual procedures or Warehouse Management Systems
- Availability – Components are readily available and often in stock
- Investment – This system requires among the lowest capital investment on a cost per pallet position basis
- Material Handling Equipment – Though each SKU is immediately accessible, you need a specific forklift such as the one shown in the diagram above. This requires a slightly higher expense than standard forklifts
- Density – Though it is more space-conscious than a standard selective rack, the density level is still low, i.e. number of pallet positions for a given area
- Travel Times – More distance to cover for storage and retrieval operations create longer travel times
- Throughput – More people and equipment may be necessary to obtain the required throughput