Pallet Racking: Getting Your System Right

Outfitting a store room or warehouse with pallet racks will allow you to organize inventory and objects in a neater, more efficient manner. You'll also create more storage room by using vertical space. However, if installing these systems is new to you, you'll benefit from the details below:

Step 1: Get Pallet Rack Permits

You may not even imagine that the local government will care what you do inside your own building, but the reality is many municipalities have clearly laid out rules about what is permitted as far as pallet racks go. If you're unsure whether you are going to be asked for permits upon inspection, you should discuss the matter with local permit authorities right away. If you should just ignore this possible necessity, you could find that you're slammed with violation fees and other problems.

Step 2: Remember Machines and People

Of course, when you set out to consider how many racks would be necessary, you probably measured the interior of the space. However, you might have forgotten to think about forklifts, foot traffic and other things which will need space as well. Go over your racking system plans with the thought in mind that the racks need to be spaced out enough to accommodate the people working there and the machines which will need to move about as well.

Step 3: Know Weight Limits

Whether you ultimately use wood or metal pallet racks, they will have some kind of weight limit to keep the system stable. Many people, if asked, don't know what those limits are; if you hope to maintain the system for a long period, you need to both know and keep those limits in mind when you start stacking inventory. If you have more inventory than the racks can hold, you'll have to arrive at another solution unless you want to risk the entire system's stability.

Step 4: Protect Bottom Racks

With equipment sliding boxes and other inventory onto the racks, bumps, and knocks on the bottom racks are to be expected. Over time those bottom racks could be badly damaged, and you'll have to take down and repair that entire section. Protect bottom racks with guard rails or other protectors that can be more easily replaced than the racks themselves.

With this information, the racking system you decide on will stand properly for some time. Speak to a multiple racking system vendor like Certified Handling Systems and others for additional help.