A wide variety of wire and metal containers is available, and can be purchased in different sizes and finishes. Their use can be limited when placed in storage systems with racking units, as explained below.
Metal containers without skids. Type 1.
|To store these on selective pallet racks, specific supports for containers or platforms must be placed on the beams.|
|They can be placed on drive-in pallet racks, although this is not advisable due to possible local deformation of the rails.|
|They are not suitable for use in push-back or Pallet Shuttle systems, or in flow racking units.|
|Nor are they valid for use in automated warehouses.|
|They cannot be used on roller or chain conveyors.|
|Measurement “B” is normally wider than “A” (see image) and care must be taken with clearances.|
|They are mainly designed to be stacked on top of each other.|
Metal containers without skids (type 1).
Metal containers without skids. Type 2.
|Depending on measurement “A” (see image), these can be placed on pallet racks without a container support, although the installation of such a support is advised.|
|These metal containers can be stored on drive-in pallet racks, while in push-back systems with trolleys their use depends on measurement “A” and the number of trolleys.|
|They are not suitable for flow racking units, roller push-back, or Pallet Shuttle systems.|
|They are, however, suitable for automated warehouses, taking into account the dimensions of the legs.|
|They are not ideal for use with roller conveyors. The use of chain conveyors is advised.|
Metal container without skids (type 2).
Metal containers with skids
|These are suitable for use with any storage system and can be used with any handling element.|
|It should be remembered that for clearances, measurement “B” is more than “A” on both sides.|
|Care must be taken with rigidity and possible deformations of the lower skid, as these could prevent flow rack units from functioning correctly.|
|The dimensions and shape of the lower skids must be checked to prevent local deformations in the support beams or rollers.|
Metal containers with skids.
Other metal containers
|These require specific handling, if they are to be stored on racking units.|
|Special care must be taken with large containers – those exceeding 47.2 inches at the front – and clearances increased.|
Other metal containers.