What is Pallet Racking?
Pallet racking is a material handling storage rack system designed to store products and materials on pallets in horizontal rows and on multiple levels. Pallet racking is made up of horizontal cross beams that attach to vertical upright frames - thus creating industrial shelving to support palletized material that can be easily accessed by forklifts.
One of the most popular types of pallet racking is "teardrop" pallet rack. Tear drop racks are made by several manufacturers in the USA, including Wireway Husky Racks, Steel King, Interlake Mecalux, Hannibal, Ridg-U-Rak, Speedrack and more.
Optional accessories like wire decking, column protectors, row spacers, storage bins, racking protectors and safety guards are often purchased in addition to heavy to light duty pallet rack. Kits are also a popular alternative, as they contain all the component parts to make up starter units or add on units. Kit capacities vary and are available to provide storage shelving for light duty, medium duty and heavy duty warehouse racks.
A pallet rack starter section/bay is made up of horizontal uprights and multiple beam levels that often utilizes wire mesh decks on top of roll formed step beams. This configuration creates wire shelving levels that can be used for picking rack and provides users a warehouse storage system tailor-made for storing pallets of raw materials.
Pallet rack is also known or referred to as:
- Storage shelving
- Bulk storage racks
- Teardrop racks (or tear drop racks)
- Warehouse shelving racks
- Warehouse racking systems
- Warehouse racks
- Lumber racks
- Drive in racking (or drivein rack)
- Drive thru racking (or drive through rack)
- Push back rack
- Warehouse mezzanines
- Pallet racking systems
- Warehouse pallet shelving rack
- Storage racking
- Warehouse storage racks
- Industrial pallet racks
- Industrial storage racking systems
- Pallet rack systems
- Pallet racking storage systems
- Storage shelving systems
- Rivet shelving racks
- Record storage racks
- Pallet steel shelving
- Pallet metal shelving
- Pallet racks cantilever
- Furniture cantilever
SJF carries a wide variety of new & used pallet racks brands and styles to suit your individual home or warehouse shelving storage needs, as well as many industrial racking accessories and components to add on to or customize the individual needs of each storage area.
Pallet Rack Specifications
Pallet racking systems parts:
The main components used in a pallet racking system are upright frames and beams, or cross beams. Uprights and columns are very customizable and come in many different sizes to fit almost any storage neads.
Pallet Racking Upright Frames - Pallet rack uprights (aka upright frames) are the vertical supports in a pallet racking system. To build a pallet racking structure, two upright frames are needed on each side to support horizontal beams.
The system can be added on to in the future and once the first structure is in place, only one additional upright is needed per bay to add on to a current rack system. Upright frames come in various heights and post sizes depending on the height, strength and weight capacity needed and are highly customizable.
Pallet Racking Beams - Pallet rack beams are the horizontal weight-bearing support that connects the upright frames to each other. Beams are available in many combinations of different lengths, heights and gauges and are dependent on the size of the racking needed and the weight and dimensions of the items stored on the racks.
They also come in either a step style or box style, which allows the use of optional over-the-top or drop-in supports or wire decking. Pallet rack beams can be adjusted to whatever height from the ground is needed and can be easily removed and readjusted to a different level for future changing needs.
Bolts, clips or fasteners - Depending upon the warehouse shelving brand, sometimes bolts, clips or fasteners are required to assemble the rack.
Optional pallet racking accessories:
Once the pallet warehouse racks are constructed, there are many different accessories or components that can customize the pallet racking system to fit the individual needs of the storage area. Here are a few examples of different accessories that can be added:
- Pallet rack wire deck (aka wire decking) is used to add a rack-supported wire mesh layer of open shelf support over the horizontal beam levels so that individual items don't fall through when not stored directly on pallets. Wire mesh decking is available in both galvanized and powder coated wire decking finishes.
- Spacers and pallet supports add to the stability and integrity of the system.
- Upright post and column protectors, safety guards and guard rails protect the base of the upright frames from forklift impact damage.
- Wall ties, back-to-back ties and/or anchors attach the racking to the wall or another rack for additional stability.
- Racking accessories like safety guards, wire panels, guard panels and straps provide added protection for raw materials and other items being stored.
Warehouse Racking Installation
In addition to stocking a wide variety of warehouse equipment, SJF Material Handling employs highly trained crews that specialize in pallet racking installation and pallet rack repairs, as well as installations and removals of cantilever racking, selective pallet racks, structural pallet racking systems, drive in pallet racks, carton flow racks, gravity conveyors, powered conveyors and other material handling and warehouse equipment.