Maximising the most of the space you have available because space is the main part of any successful Pallet Racking Installation. Storing pallets of all different shapes and sizes, pallet racking is one of the tried and tested methods for the storage of pallets. Due to the amount of different types of pallet racking we can use, you can be sure we will find the right type of racking to suit your business and optimise the space you need.
The different types of pallet racking we supply
• Wide and narrow aisle pallet racking
• Double deep racking
• Drive in pallet racking
• Mobile racking
• Pushback pallet racking
• Cantilever pallet racking
• Safety accessories to make you system as safe as possible
We have a great team that have the experience to carry out high quality site surveys, they will then design the Pallet Racking Systems to be the most effective and efficient as possible for your business. We work very close with fork truck suppliers to make sure that the Pallet Racking System will work to its full capacity for your materials and handling equipment. We also offer Pallet Racking Systems that can work with highly technical automated picking systems and cranes if this is what you require, we also design and install the Pallet Racking system as well.
Some key points to consider before making your choice
• The actual available size and volume in your building
• Size and weight of the product that will be held
• Your ideal storage layout
• How will the products in your Pallet Racking System move in and out
• Where your products will be entering the building
UK Racking LTD is affiliated to many manufacturers of Pallet Racking, which means that we can offer you a wide range of solutions to match your budget. We have great relationships with our manufacturers of Pallet Racking which means it allows us to pass any savings onto our customers to give them the best price possible. We will provide you with all the help you need and put an answer to any uncertainties and supply and install Pallet racking system for you in the time frame given, then we will carry on with our service to provide ongoing maintenance and repairs for your Pallet racking giving you a reliable after service to the customers.
We use all the major manufactures to supply and install storage systems and pallet racking such as Link 51, Apex, AR, Polypal, Mecalux, Stakapal, Dexion, Hi-Lo and Storax.
If you need Pallet Racking explained in more detail, please call us on 0115 9474532
Pallet Racking Overview
Pallet Racking is a system that is designed to handle and store away your materials on a pallet. Even though there are many types of pallet racking, every type will allow for the storage of palletised materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels.
All types of pallet racking will increase your storage capacity, this becomes very cost effective and good value for your money.
The pallet racking system is a large and essential element in the modern day warehouse.
However adjustable Pallet racking systems offer easy accessibility to all the palletised products at all times.
We make it that accessible that if the stock is rapidly depleted and then restocked also known as a quick turn over we offer you easy access to your located stock which gives you better efficiency in your work place.
Adjustable Pallet Racking Systems (APR)
Adjustable Pallet Racking Systems (APR’s) are the most common type of pallet racking system used today. Adjustable pallet racking systems commonly come in two configurations: Welded Frame, and Structural Bolt-together configuration. However both of these pallet racking systems have the clip-in horizontal beam system for installation and adjustment purpose.
The purpose of wide aisle is for the use of Adjustable Pallet Racking but with the configuration of the aisle width being typically 2800mm. This type of pallet racking system is good for where you need speed in selecting stock quick, because this enables a fork truck lift being able to have easy access to the pallets, this is due to the wide aisles.
Very Narrow Aisle (VNA)
This type of pallet racking system still in use with Adjustable Pallet Racking but in a tighter configuration to provide maximum space utilization with in a warehouse or storage facility. This system you will commonly find that it operates in conjunction with a wire-guided or rail guided for truck lift system. Where you could commonly find this type of narrow aisle pallet racking system used in distribution centres, as well as retail stores, cold storage and wholesale stores.
Are most commonly box beams formed by structural C shapes that are welded together, this forms a box with connecting angles at either end of the beam. Beams come in all different sizes and designs due to how much the load requirement is. In the UK market the beams are commonly 2700mm long to provide good storage clearance for two 1200mm wide pallets or even three 800mm wide pallets.
Upright frames can vary in their size and their design depending on the load requirement like the loading beams. The most common upright column on the market is produced by roll forming flat coil stock steel into a modified “c” shape with returns. The upright frames will have holes or slot punched into the frame during the manufacturing process, this is done so the loading beams can be mounted into the upright columns.
Diagonal and Horizontal Frame Bracers
These are usually bolted between two upright columns to create upright frames. On some of the systems the braces are also welded to the upright.
Pallet supports are roll formed channels that are placed front to back between the loading beams to support the pallet.
Wire decking is most commonly used as a safety measure on pallet racking to prevent the products on the pallet racking from falling down through the racking structure. Wire mesh decking come in a whole range of thickness and mesh dimensions. The good part of Wire mesh construction it will also allow for easy identification of shelf contents, and is also good at stopping any dirt or debris from accumulating on the shelves due to the holes in the wired mesh. A lot of the wired mesh decking have this U shaped channel support, more commonly known as struts, this is there to support the load. When it comes to waterfall decking all this means is that the wired mesh is extended across the top and down the front of the beam to provide more support, this makes it more desirable in the market place, reverse waterfall decking, and this can provide containment of a loose product to prevent this from dropping off or falling behind the pallet racking system.
Lay in Decking
The difference with lay in decking is that it rests on the inside of the beam whereas the waterfall decking goes over the top of the beam. Some of the types of decking can be manufactured with solid metal instead of wire mesh. However the solid decking provides a much greater distributed weight capacity, the fire inspectors would strongly advise not to use it because of the sprinkler system, it cannot spray though the shelves to the levels below.
Foot plates are actually the base of the upright, this serves as a support and stabilizer to give the racking system more stability. This means the anchor bolts are drilled though the footplates holes which attaches to the column then goes through to the concrete floor. The footplates are made up of thicker steel these footplates have to match up to the requirement such as, they must be of a certain size and seismic rating. These footpads increase the pallet racking systems overall stability and overall weight bearing capacity.
Shims are for the use of when the uprights are on uneven flooring or grounds, this means the shim equal in the size to the base of the upright, and theses are installed beneath the uprights to the level of the rack.
Row spacers are normally used in the uprights of the pallet racking system are back-to-back, the spacers are placed between the columns to make sure that the rows are kept straight and give the pallet racking system even more strength and steadiness.
Column protectors are put around the base of the upright to minimize damage where fork trucks might be hitting into the upright, this is put into place because if you hit the base of an upright you may have damaged it enough for it all to collapse making your pallet racking system really weak, by using these column protectors this stops that risk from happening and is highly advised if fork trucks or any heavy machinery is going to be nearby.
Guard rails are put into place for the protection of the uprights but also for human safety, this is for when a platform or steps are attached to the pallet racking system.
Other common types of pallet racking systems
Many types of pallet racking storage systems are available with different design features to fulfil specific functions or even to create specific advantages. When deciding upon what pallet racking system to use there are a few things you will need to take into account these things are:
• Floor space and building height
• Cost of materials and installation
• Desired storage density
• Stock accessibility
• Optimal storage design
• Stock rotation
• Item load size and weight
Some of the most common types of pallet racking systems used:
Drive in system
This system is for storage rack configuration and this will allow for a forklift to drive directly into the lane of the stacked rows. A drive-in pallet racking system is commonly used as entry and exit. Due to the fact that a drive in pallet racking system has only one entrance, it uses something called LIFO (last in, first out) storage method. When using this method the most efficient way of going about it would be to put the last pallet into the row as tends to the first one to be taken back out again.
Push back systems
This pallet racking system is based around the principle of organising space by its depth rather than the width. When you do this depth arrangement you tend to reduce the aisle space but it will increase your storage density. When you have this configuration you can have up to six pallets deep, each pallet then gets stored on wheeled carts that fit perfectly onto the rails. These rails are very cleverly angled towards the load/unload side of the rack in order to take advantage of gravity, which means you save a massive amount of energy for moving big heavy pallets. When a fork truck sets the pallet onto the cart, the fork truck will drive forward causing the pallets to bump into each other causing the entire row of pallets to roll backwards. When you come to the front of the pallet racking system to take the front pallet off the rest of the pallets will roll forward making the next pallet available and for access.
Pallet racking live system is a very high density pallet storage system that will utilise the depth to increase your capacity. This system uses a slightly inclined rail with rollers so this allow pallets to move easily along the slope. This system is also known as gravity flow or even dynamic flow systems. The good thing about this pallet system is that it has a motion breaking control system, stopping the pallets from moving too quickly.