In warehouses and loading docks, there are pallets that will need to be stored. The most effective method of storage is the use of a pallet rack. These racks will get your merchandise up off the floor and out of the way of regular warehouse or loading dock operations. By getting them off the floor and out of the way, you will reduce the chances of merchandise damage. There are several types of pallet racks on the market and one of those is the teardrop pallet rack.
The hole pattern on the front of the blue or green upright column is what the name teardrop is referring to. This hole is where the beams on the rack lock into and has been proven to be interchangeable with almost all of the rack systems that facilities have in use today.
Types Of Racks
Just as there are several types of pallet racks, there are also several types to choose from when it comes to a teardrop pallet rack. This style can be used with selective storage, narrow isle storage, and bulk storage. The most popular in the teardrop design is the selective storage rack. The reason for its popularity is that every pallet is accessible while on the rack. This removes the need for unneeded pallets to have to be removed just to access the pallet that is need. This method saves time and money and is appropriate for facilities that handle time-sensitive merchandise.
Some facilities use the boltless selective pallet racks that are tool free and easy to assemble. The problem is that the boltless can not withstand the abuse of forklifts hitting it and becomes costly with the damages it sustains. The teardrop design has been shown to have more frontal strength than the boltless with its open back columns, thus making the teardrop design more cost effective in the long run. This design uses a tubular column shape that gives 44 times more torsional strength, 68 percent more side impact resistant and the 3 rivet connects offers 26 percent greater strength than the 2 rivet designs.
The Best Finish
The most cost effective finish coating for your pallet rack is powder coating. This finish will ensure that your pallet rack requires less maintenance, and will look better longer and last longer than any other finish. The powder coated finish will protect the rack by giving it 60 percent greater resistance to solvents that may be used in the warehouse, 74 percent greater resistance to salt sprays and 94 percent greater strength against impact.
Cost Effective Solution
In an industry where overhead costs can start to add up, you can see that the teardrop pallet rack can help to keep those costs down. Its ability to withstand forklift impact means less replacing of columns due to damage. After all, it is hard to avoid all forklift impacts with storage racks completely. The ability to use it with selective racks gives you the ability to save on money due to time sensitive merchandise not being accessed in time. Many facilities have lost considerable amounts of money due to time sensitive merchandise not being accessed and shipped on schedule.
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