Pallet racking is designed to improve warehouse efficiency by providing organized storage for palleted inventory. However, if your racking system is not installed properly, and the proper precautions are taken before installation, your employees are at risk of injury, and the inventory can potentially be damaged. This is especially important if you are installing used pallet racking. To help you get the most out of your warehouse storage, here are some tips for installing pallet racking systems.
1. Assess Your Layout
To work out the best layout for your warehouse, first assess the type and volume of inventory to be stored, the dimensions of the warehouse, and the access points for vehicles, equipment, and employees.
The optimal layout should the pallet racks laying end to end in the same direction along the longest dimension of the warehouse, offer access to both sides of the pallet racks, and effectively accommodate the flow of traffic.
2. Hire Professionals
Though the structure of a pallet racking system seems straightforward, assembling, and ensuring structural integrity is a job better left up to the professionals.
Our experts at Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc have years of experience installing pallet racking systems across many different types of warehouses. With their expertise, they can install your pallet racking quickly and safely so you can benefit from your storage units faster.
Professional storage experts can also help you to find which types of shelving and racking systems will best suit your facility. Call on (800)-589-7225 (RACK) for a consultation to avoid any costly mistakes when installing pallet racking.
3. Stay OSHA Compliant
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have strict guidelines dictating how pallet racking systems can be used safety. This not only protects your employees and inventory but also boosts productivity and warehouse efficiency. Failing to comply may result in fines or closure of the facility.
One way to ensure that your pallet racking system is OSHA compliant is to perform a risk analysis beforehand and again once the system is complete. This ensures that all structures are safe, the layout allows access to fire suppression and safety systems and reduces the risk of falling inventory.
4. Stick to the Manufacturer’s Instructions
If you do attempt to install pallet racks yourself, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise the structural integrity of the entire system could be compromised.
The assembly should start with chalk outlines of where the pallet racks should go, then spacing the uprights the length of beam along the chalk line. Install the beams securely using a mallet, locking them into place one beam at a time until each bay is done. A level is essential to ensure that the bays are not sloping and potentially dangerous.
Each bay must be checked that it is secure and locked. If a single bay is not, then the entire structure could come down.
5. Attach Load Labels
Knowing the weight capacity of your pallet racking system means that you can more effectively store and pick inventory. Load labels should be fitted to the system at regular intervals that are clearly visible to employees once the structure is complete.
New and used pallet racking are an effective way to store inventory and can improve the efficiency of your warehouse by increasing productivity and saving space. However, to be effective, pallet racks must be installed properly and in compliance with industry safety standards. Call Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc on (800)-589-7225 (RACK) to hire a professional team to assemble your pallet racking system for a safe and secure storage solution for your warehouse.