Tips on Heavy Weight Pallet Racks


Proper Heavy Weight Pallet Racks is very important to the efficiency and safety of any operation. What should you take into consideration when it comes to proper racking? If you are involved in this, then you might want to think about taking the time to learn and follow Heavy Weight Pallet Racks tips.


Consider the Load

An important tip on pallet racking to keep in mind is to consider the load. What are you planning on storing? This will have a bearing on whether you would select:


· light-duty racking (for example, load capacity does not exceed 660 pounds)

· medium-duty pallet racking (for example, load capacity is between 660 and 1,320 pounds)

· Heavy Weight Pallet Racks (for example, load capacity is more than 1,320 pounds)


The capacity of the racks must correspond to the load it will be bearing. The weight of the cargo on each shelf should never exceed the maximum capacity of the pallet; you should never overload the shelves, even if the rack seems to be able to bear the heavy load for the moment. It's also important, when considering load or capacity, to ensure that your rack is not "top-heavy"; this means that light cargo should be placed on top (high), and heavier cargo should be placed on the bottom (low).


Types of Systems

There are many different types of pallet racking systems available to consider:


· load/capacity: as mentioned, choose racks based on what you need to store-light-duty for lighter loads/cargo, heavy-duty for heavier loads/cargo, etc.

· standard systems: basic pallet racks

· drive-in systems: also known as drive-through, high-density storage; can increase pallet storage and maximize space by eliminating aisles

· pushback systems: helps store more in less space by increasing the density of the storage system, maximizing warehouse space, and increasing pallet count

· carton-flow systems: designed for high-volume order picking with reduced operator activity; used for order accuracy; common with conveyor systems

· gravity-flow systems: manufactured with rollers and use gravity to "feed" pallets to their positions; some are designed to hold up to 20 pallets deep within a single storage lane

· cantilever systems: common in steel factories and lumberyards; also known as "furniture racks"; ideal for the storage of long, continuous items

· mezzanine flooring systems: use existing square footage and overhead space to maximize warehouse space


Other Safety Tips

Safety should be a top priority when it comes to pallet racking. Here are some other safety tips to keep in mind:


· Maintain awareness of all potential hazards in the racking area/areas; this can include falling objects (cargo, pallets, and pallet components), ladders, spills, trip hazards, and forklifts



· Trip hazards: Regularly inspect pallet racking areas and keep an eye out for trip hazards, such as pieces of broken wooden pallet pieces, pallet strapping, cardboard, shrink wrapping, paper, etc; pick up and discard trip hazards

· Forklifts:

o Only certified forklift operators should operate forklifts

o Stay alert when working in racking areas where forklifts and/or pallet trucks are in operation

o Stay away from areas where forklifts are in frequent use

· Regularly inspect for damaged pallet components; immediately report any damages and do not attempt to fix yourself, unless you are trained to do so

· Regularly inspect pallets for falling object hazards; report immediately

· Do not stand on or climb pallet racking shelves

· Ensure the pallets are used only for their intended use

· Consider having a professional engineer inspect your system annually


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