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Online Flash Sale – 3/13/2013

SJF just posted the coupon code for Wednesday’s flash sale via the Industry Insider.  This sale features an additional 10% off any pallet rack starter or adder kits, wire decking, floor scales, hoppers, ladders and cantilever rack.

What’s the Industry Insider?
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The industry insider is SJF’s email distribution list that goes out on a semi-weekly basis.  In it, you’ll find notifications on the newest acquisitions made by SJF (many that are not posted online) coupons and discount codes (like the one for the flash sale) and news about SJF and other industry topics.

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New Wire Deck Print and Go Worksheet

Hello blog readers!

We have just uploaded a new Print and Go Wire Deck Worksheet for our customers to use for getting a quote on Wire Mesh Decking.  This “Quick Sheet” gives some information about the styles, use and necessary measurements of Wire Mesh Decking for Pallet Racks.

The worksheet is available via our used wire deck page and can be filled out and submitted online OR by printing the form, filling it out and faxing or emailing it to us.  Please check it out – and let us know in the comments if you’d like us to develop quicksheets for any of our other product lines.

View the Print and Go Wire Deck Form

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Guide > Wire Decking

Wire Mesh Decking Guide

Wire Mesh Decking

Wire Deck

What is wire decking?

Wire decking is a product that works in with pallet racks to provide support, safety and other benefits to warehouse racks. Wire decks are easy to install (they simply  drop  into place), and allow high visibility through all levels of pallet racking. In addition to providing protection from falling inventory, wire decking can improve air circulation and prevent dust build-up. Wire decks can also help increase overhead sprinkler effectiveness, and many local fire codes require them instead of particle board or plywood.

Wire Deck Options & Terminology

Support Channels

On the underside of each wire deck, support channels are welded to the bottom of the mesh surface. These channels give wire deck rigidity and load bearing capacity. Typically, wire decking uses three or four support channels and supports up to 2500 pounds. Step channels provide more strength than flanged channels, however each has their own advantages.

Wire Mesh Pattern

Most wire decks made in the past 20 years feature a 2″ x 4″, 2.5″ x 4″ or 2.5″ x 4.5″ grid pattern. Sometimes you may see higher density grids, but these are usually made for applications that required hand stacking or storing small materials.


The term waterfall is used to refer to the end(s) of deck that “hang” below the deck’s surface. Waterfalls provide additional protection to wire decks by making them more resistant to coming off of the pallet rack unexpectedly. The accepted industry standard for waterfall height is 1.5 inches. A shorter waterfall may be warranted where labels or bar codes are needed on the rack’s beam face. Waterfalls can also be turned up to provide a back stop on a pallet shelf. Front and rear waterfalls can even be mixed so that one is up and the opposite is down.

Flush Decks

Flush wire decks are useful for hand-stacking and order picking. The flush deck doesn’t have edges that could catch an  employee’s hands. With flush decks, the deck depth measurement refers to the outside dimensions of the rack beams. If your racking is 42″ deep (42″ from outside to outside of each beam level) you will still need a 42″ deep deck however the deck’s depth will only be 38.25″ deep – or approximately the depth of the inside of the steps of the beams.

Properly Loading Wire Decks

Please Note – Unless storing small or very light weight items on the pallet racking, wire deck is NOT meant to support loads directly. In other words, DO NOT point load wire decking. Pallets must be fully supported by the front and rear support beams.

Wire Deck Styles

Standard/Step Waterfall Wire Decks

Standard Step Waterfall Style Wire Deck Standard Step Waterfall Style Wire Deck - Front Standard Step Waterfall Style Wire Deck - Rear
Standard Step/Waterfall Wire Deck Step/Waterfall Wire Deck – Front Step/Waterfall Wire Deck – Rear
“Standard” or step style wire decks with a waterfall are made to sit in the steps of pallet rack beams. The support channels of this decking rest on the steps and the waterfall part wraps around the top of the beam.

Inverted Flange Wire Decks

Inverted Flange Style Wire Deck Inverted Flange Style Wire Deck - Front Inverted Flange Style Wire Deck - Rear
Inverted Flange Wire Deck Inverted Flange Wire Deck – Front Inverted Flange Wire Deck – Rear

Inverted flange wire decking is a very commonly stocked style. It’s useful because the flange at the end of the support channels allows these wire decks to fit on step or box style pallet rack beams. Another advantage of the inverted channels is that debris cannot accumulate inside of the support channel.

Flush Flat Wire Decks

Flush Flat Wire Deck Flush Flat Wire Deck - Front Flush Flat Wire Deck - Rear
Flush Flat Wire Deck Flush Flat Wire Deck – Front Flush Flat Wire Deck – Rear

Flush Flat wire decking is exactly what it sounds like. The surface of the decks rest flush with the tops of the rack beams. Flush flat decks have no waterfall and are well suited for your storage facility if nice clean look is needed.

Flush Waterfall Wire Decks

Flush Waterfall Style Wire Deck Flush Waterfall Style Wire Deck - Front Flush Waterfall Style Wire Deck - Rear
Flush Waterfall Wire Deck Flush Waterfall Wire Deck – Front Flush Waterfall Wire Deck – Rear
The only difference between the flush waterfall and flush flat style wire decking is that a flush waterfall deck has waterfalls that don’t hang over the top of the beams.  These waterfalls are unique in that they sit on the steps of the beams. Reasons to purchase this style are things like safer hand loading (no edges to catch) and higher edge capacity (decreases bowing.)

Guide > Pallet Rack Accessories

Pallet Rack Accessory Guide

Pallet Racks by themselves are very useful – however there are several common add-ons that give them even more utility.

Wire Deck

Wire Mesh Decking

Wire Deck

Universal Wire Deck Profile


Wire decks are a handy solution for improving both safety and visibility in your pallet rack systems.

While not specifically designed for point loading, wire decking can support up to 2500# of an evenly distributed load – however, most loads should still typically be supported by the front and rear pallet rack beams.

Wire decks come in several different configurations, however the two most common are universal/flared and step style.

Step Style Wire Deck


The main difference between a universal style wire deck and a step style wire deck is the support channels under the wire mesh. With a universal style, the channel is flared out allowing it to fit almost any style of pallet rack beam – box or step style. The step style wire decks can only fit on a step style beam.

Wire decking provides a safe deck material that meets all OSHA standards.  Many cities and municipal area require that rack decking be permeable by water or fire suppressants from overhead sprinkler systems.  Wire decks allow water to drip through to the lower levels of racking while still keeping persons below safe from falling objects.

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Wire Decking From China Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of wire decking from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, Shara L. Aranoff, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the negative. Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty order will be issued on imports of the product from China.

The Commission’s public report Wire Decking for China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-466 and 731-TA-1162 (Final), USITC Publication 4172, July 2010) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after August 10, 2010, by emailing, calling 202/205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202/205-2104.

US imposes duties on imports of wire decking from China

The US government slapped preliminary anti-dumping duties on imports of more than 300 million dollars worth of wire decking from China, the Commerce Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

The department claimed that it found dumping of wire decking from China after investigation. The tariffs of between 42.61 to 289 percent will be imposed and collected until a final determination is made in the case.

Wire decking reinforced with structural supports is designed generally for industrial and other commercial storage rack systems.

The United States has imposed duties on a variety of Chinese goods including steel pipes, grating and tubular goods based on other investigations.

The wire decking anti-dumping case is another move that might escalate trade disputes between the two major trade players in the world.

Source: Xinhua

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