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Featured Client – Cameron’s Coffee

Cameron’s Coffee is a Minnesota based premium coffee roaster, with a unique roasting and packing plant made to deliver the freshest and smoothest coffee around.  Focusing on sustainable practices and minimal carbon footprint, they are a leading provider of coffee across the nation.

With all their roasting done locally in Minnesota, and with a boom in coffee drinking, Cameron’s was in need to consolidate and simplify their operations.  They contacted SJF to assist in a three phase move into a larger warehouse.  Three existing coffee storage warehouses were consolidated into the new larger warehouse, along with their display fabrication shop.

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Huge Million Dollar Rack Sale in Progress

SJF today announced the completion of the 3rd major pallet rack tear down and removal project this week. In the past 60 days SJF has acquired, removed and shipped in excess of over 3000 pallet rack uprights and 40,000 used pallet rack beams from several large distribution centers spanning 3 different states.

Pallet Rack Uprights

A Field of Uprights

Since the 1st of the year, SJF has been on a pallet rack buying spree for its clients and for inventory. National acquisitions manager Sam Sterner has been traveling nonstop during January. Sam has been the go to man on all of the recent projects. He is personally overseeing the removal, banding, loading and transportation of all the equipment to SJF’s main warehouse facility in MN.

With another 25 trailer loads of equipment currently in transit to MN, the project was made even more challenging this week with temps dropping in the -25 below 0 range in Minnesota this week.

As 2014 gets under way, 42” uprights and 96″ beams continue to be in large demand from clients looking for good, clean, used warehouse storage racks. The recent acquisitions of these sizes position SJF as a key supplier in the national used pallet rack equipment market.

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Job Done!

With over 1 million dollars of good, clean rack in prime sizes arriving daily, the latest acquisition provides SJF the ability to service even the largest requests for used pallet rack material.

SJF prides itself as being the go to source for used material handling equipment in the USA today. Acquisitions like this cement SJF’s standing as the nation’s largest stocking distributor of used material handling equipment in the USA.

View more photos and pricing on this prime-sizes pallet rack on our Teardrop Pallet Rack page at SJF.com

Guide > Pallet Rack Advanced

Selective Pallet Rack Guide

While this guide is meant to assist you in choosing your rack, it is still beneficial to consult with one of our professional solutions specialists. They have been working with this material every day for years and are aware of ALL the tips and tricks concerning pallet racks.

Please feel free to call us at 800-598-5532 to discuss your planned layout.

Pallet Racks Overview

Pallet Rack

One Section of Free Standing Pallet Rack

Selective Pallet racking is by far the most common type of warehouse storage rack and is the product typically thought of when the need arises for industrial type storage racking. All selective rack is made from component pieces that are usually priced & purchased seperately.

Pallet Rack Uprights

Uprights (also called Frames, or less commonly, legs) are the support columns that hold up individual shelves in a section of rack. Pallet Rack uprights form the ends of what are commonly known as ‘bays’ of pallet racking. Each pallet rack bay must have at least two uprights, however if multiple bays will be placed in a row they may share uprights (see figure 1).

Pallet Rack Beams

Beams are used to create the actual ‘shelf levels’ that support loads and are held up by pallet rack uprights. Pairs of beams form each individual shelf level (see figure 1). Shelf capacity is determined by the height of the beam, length of the beam and the number of shelves per bay. Most modern beams feature end clips that attach directly to the upright without the use of specialized hardware, however there are many different brands available that feature unique designs (see section below on selective rack brands.)

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Guide > Drive-in Rack Advanced

High Density Storage Racking Guide

While this guide is meant to assist you in choosing your rack, it is still beneficial to consult with one of our professional solutions specialists. They have been working with this material every day for years and are aware of ALL the tips and tricks concerning drive-in, drive-thru and push back racks. Please feel free to call us at 800-598-5532 to discuss your planned layout.

Drive-In & Drive-Through Rack

Drive-in Rack System

Drive-in Pallet Rack System

Traditional pallet rack is a great solution for many warehouses, but if you have a lot of inventory that shifts on a regular basis, drive in rack or drive through rack is a storage solution you may want to consider. While traditional static rack storage allows for many rows of pallet racking with aisles between the individual rows, drive in and drive thru racking allows for a much denser arrangement of your stored product. Both drive-in and drive through rack systems allow more efficient use of available space than traditional multi-aisle selective racks systems. In fact, when compared to a conventional selective rack system, the same amount of storage can be acheived with a high density drive in or drive thru system in 80% less space.

High density storage racks work by utilizing standard pallet rack uprights in conjunction with rail beams or more simply, rails to store the pallet loads in a very dense configuration. The key difference between these racks and selective pallet racks is that the forklift truck operates inside of the rack itself and there are no specified lanes between the rows. The forklifts enter into the individual bays of the rack and the bays themselves can be as long or as short as needed.

Drive in rack and Drive through rack systems decrease storage and retrieval time while increasing efficiency and productivity among workers. Not only do they benefit your operations, they can also decrease your bottom line by giving you more storage room per dollar spent on racking. Because these racks create a more uniform load in a confined storage area, your forklift operators working in the system become more skillful drivers. In addition to these benefits, consider this – drive-in & drive-thru systems are very energy efficient. Since the product is so densly loaded in this type of system, there is less air to be heated or cooled between your pallets and your forklifts don’t need to drive as far to pick or place loads thereby using less fuel.

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Guide > Cantilever Rack Advanced

Advanced Guide to Cantilever Rack

While this guide is meant to assist you in choosing your rack, it is still beneficial to consult with one of our professional solutions specialists. They have been working with this material every day for years and are aware of ALL the tips and tricks concerning cantilever racks. Please feel free to call us at 800-598-5532 to discuss your planned layout.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever Rack

Cantilever Rack System

Cantilever Rack, also known as furniture or pipe rack is a great solution for storage of long, bulky materials such as lumber and PVC or metal pipes. Furniture rack is a style of cantilever racking that can be decked to provide static storage similar to pallet racking, with the advantage that it provides easier storage and retreival of bulky or oddly sized material than traditional pallet rack. Cantilever rack is a very efficient means of storing material. The storage density with cantilever rack can be very high if you plan out how you will use it efficiently, but generally cantilever rack’s flexibility makes it a very popular storage solution with near immediate return on investment.

Cantilever Rack Uprights

Like pallet rack, cantilever has specific components that work together to create larger bays and rows of storage. Uprights are the main structural components in any cantilever rack installation. Uprights work with bases (when referring to uprights below, we are speaking about complete upright/base combinations) to create the ‘backbone’ of the rack. Uprights are available in single, or double sided configurations – with the only difference between the two being that with double sided uprights, you can store material on both sides of the rack. Like pallet rack, there are many different makes and brands that do not all work together. You must match the same make arm and base to build a complete unit.

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