Warehouse Shelving in Dallas
Pallet Racks and Steel Shelving
There are many different types of pallet racks. Which type of warehouse shelving in Dallas stacks up best to meet your needs?
Ideal for long, bulky products such as PVC pipe, steel, lumber, carpet rolls or tubing
Economical first-in first-out storage solution
Drive-In and Drive-Thru
Best-suited to high pallet counts per item
Best-suited to high volume operations or for staging
Offers more pick faces than Drive-In and Pallet Flow
Selective pallet racking systems are the most common and typically come in one of two configurations: roll-formed or structural.
Common components of selective rack include the following:
- Roll-formed selective rack is most commonly manufactured in a "teardrop" style (holes on column are shaped like a teardrop). Pallets rest on the horizontal load beams that are held in place by mounting clips. Because the clips on teardrop configurations can be quickly moved, the shelves can be easily adjusted to different heights to accommodate various load sizes and a wide variety of product sizes.
- Structural pallet rack systems are similar to roll-formed pallet rack systems except the horizontal load beams are attached to the uprights with bolts and have much greater weight-bearing capacity. The bolt fixings make this a form of adjustable shelving - racks can be constructed, reconfigured, and dismantled and reused as necessary.
- Load beams (also called step beams or box beams).
- Most step beams are roll formed members with a 1⅝” step along the top inside edge
- Box beams have no inset step but instead have four flat sides like a box.
- Structural beams are hot-formed structural C-shapes with connecting clips at either end and offer heavier weight capacities than step beams or box beams.
- Upright frames (also called upright columns or uprights) vary in size and design depending on load requirements, and styles. Structural uprights have an increased weight capacity over roll formed uprights.
- Diagonal braces and horizontal braces (aka upright frame lacing) are usually welded between two upright columns to form selective upright frames and may be bolted to the columns in some cases.
- Pallet supports are roll formed channels that are placed front to back between the load beams to support pallets.
- Timber decking comes in two forms: close boarded (solid) and slatted.
- Wire decking is commonly used as a safety measure on selective pallet rack to prevent pallets or the products stored on them from falling through. Wire mesh construction allows for easy identification of shelf contents, prevents dirt and other debris from accumulating on the shelves and allows sprinkler systems to spray through the shelves to levels below.
- Footplates, also known as footpads or baseplates, are at the base of columns and serve as anchors to give the pallet rack better overall stability and weight bearing capacity. Anchor bolts are inserted through the baseplate’s holes to attach the column to the concrete floor.
- Shims are used when the uprights are resting on uneven floors. The shims, equal in size to the base of the uprights, are installed beneath the uprights to level the rack.
- Row spacers are sometimes used if uprights are arranged in back-to-back rows. They are mounted between adjacent columns to ensure that the rows are kept straight and to give the pallet racks even more strength and steadiness.
- Wall ties may be used for further support if the uprights are arranged in a row along a wall.
- Column protectors (aka post protectors) are protective shields made of various materials such as polyethylene, ductile iron casting, and other durable materials, that can be installed around the base of an upright to minimize damage where forklifts might hit the upright. Damage to the base of a column can weaken the entire frame, causing possible collapse.
- Guard rails are installed to increase protection for upright columns and for human safety when platforms or steps are attached to pallet racks.
- Very narrow aisle otherwise known as VNA, is the use of selective pallet racking in a tighter configuration to provide maximum space utilization within a storage facility.
*A portion of the content on this page can be attributed to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallet_racking
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