Pallet racking is a storage solution used worldwide to safely hold large and heavy items ready for later use. The system can be created and adapted for the majority of premises regardless of size.
This type of racking system is able to carry very heavy loads and therefore must be made of strong materials. The stability comes from the upright frames that are used to support the load beams; generally these are further supported by welded diagonal braces known as upright frame lacing. The load beams which run between the uprights and have the pallets placed on top of them are available in different load bearing specifications, allowing you to choose the most appropriate for your purpose e.g. a feather pillow factory would need less heavy duty load beams that a concrete slab manufacturer. The racking is then fixed to the floor using footplates which adds to its overall stability. The foot plate can also increase the overall weight bearing capacity of the racking system.
Pallet racking systems must be easily navigated by picking machinery such as fork lift and reach trucks. This is to ensure that the racking does not get damaged and become unstable, as well as the factory equipment and palletised goods.
There are three main types of pallet racking system available to storage centres; these are drive-in, narrow aisle and adjustable aisle pallet racking. Each system has its strengths and weaknesses and is appropriate for different industries and storage units. Whichever pallet racking system you choose, it should be bespoke and tailored to meet the needs of your business.