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Structural Racking

Structural racking is engineered from hot-rolled structural steel to offer a durable solution for warehouses. It is constructed from heavy channel steeland can carry more loads than other types of racking systems like roll formed racks. They can also withstand impact from forklifts. Thisdurability makes structural racking an ideal solution for fast-paced warehouses.

The horizontal load beams are connected to uprights using bolts, which makes structural racking particularlystrong and able to holdgreat loads.This also allows the racking to be reconfigured, dismantled, and constructed as needed, making it extremely versatile.

Structural racking is available in various sizes and designs and can be made to order with any precise specifications given.

Structural Pallet Racking Applications

Structural Pallet Racking is ideal for warehouses storing goods with a lot of loading and unloading activity. Typical applications include food and beverage handling warehouses and large cold storage warehouses. Structural racking is particularly ideal for heavy traffic environments, and thereforesuitablefor situations where productivity and quick access to high volumes of inventory is a priority.

Protecting Your Structural Racking

There are various options available to increase the durability of your structural racking. The performance of racking systems can be enhancedby welding a bullnose to the front column to further protect against forklift damage, double posting uprights, cantilever leg front uprights, set back posts, internal supports or by adding additional horizontal support to the frames to prevent damage from direct impact.

Typical Formations for Structural Steel Racking

Structural racking can take the form of various configurations. These are some of the most common:

  • Selective structural racking consists of upright frames and horizontal load beams which are bolted together. It is an ideal solution for high-turnover warehouses and quick access to products. Selective racking allows you to select any pallet without moving any of the other stored pallets.
  • Drive-in and Drive-thru systems allow the forklift to drive directly into the bays. The drive-in system has only one entrance, while the drive-thru system has an entry and exit point. As the drive in pallet racking system has only one entrance, it uses the last-in-first-out (LIFO) method.
  • Push back systems store the pallets by depth rather than width, meaning aisle space is reduced, and more products can be stored. It is a last-in-first-out(LIFO) storage system that uses carts that move on declined rails, using gravity to move pallets into the front position.
  • Pallet flow systems use slightly declined rollers to move the pallets along. They can either be first-in-first-out (FIFO) or last-in-first-out (LIFO) systems. Braking systems are used to safely control the speed of the movement.
  • Pick module racking is designed for warehouses dealing with high volume distribution. Conveyors are integratedover several levels with the rack system for ease of accessibility. Pick module racking will utilize push back, pallet flow, or a combination of systems for a custom inventory handling management system.

Shelving + Rack Systems can help you decide on the best structural racking system for your specific warehouse requirements.

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