Important Considerations in Effective Pallet Rack Design - S.W. Betz

Pallet Rack Design
Effective pallet rack design makes use of space smartly and safely.

Whether you are planning a new warehouse space from scratch or upgrading an existing space, one of the best areas to focus on is your pallet rack design. Taking the time to fully understand your needs is the key to creating an effective system that fits with your company’s goals. It might seem straightforward, but consider that pallets which are racked incorrectly waste valuable space in your facility, decreasing efficiency and potentially costing your company revenue. Here are some important things to think about when drawing up your pallet rack design.

Load-Bearing Requirements

While the size of the pallets you are storing can inform some decisions you make in the planning stage, it is definitely more important to think about the size of the load being stored. Sometimes, product can overhang from the pallet, so that will also need to be considered. If your pallet racks aren’t able to handle the load you expect them to, it can cause serious damage and potentially even injure your floor staff.

Compensate for Shock Loads

Another common reason why pallet racking fails is because there was no thought given to the shock factor when loading a pallet onto the rack. A shock load occurs when the pallet is dropped onto the rack. If you have a load-bearing requirement in mind, add about 25% to this number and build according to it so you won’t have any surprise failures after a pallet is dropped onto your racking.

Give Your Team Space to Maneuver

Most experts recommend designing a pallet rack so that you have around six inches of space between the top of your pallet load and the bottom of the rack above it. This allows you to have plenty of lift-off height when loading and unloading the rack.

Keep Building Codes in Mind

Some municipalities may have regulations surrounding the building of pallet racks in an industrial facility, so double check before building or consult with an expert familiar with these rules.

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