What Comprises Most Types of Pallet Racking?
- Vertical bracing columns
- Depth determined by product size
- Height determined by clear height in building and forklift capabilities
- Column size determined by capacity needed
- Gauge determined by capacity needed
- The capacity of uprights is determined by the spacing of beams – spacing beams far apart can create bends in the uprights, closer together makes it stronger
- Horizontal load supports
- Length determined by product size
- Height determined by capacity needed
- Gauge determined by capacity needed – lower gauge means thicker steel and higher capacity
- Deflection in beams is how much the beam is designed to bend – deflection is typical!
- Flue space connector
- Layout determines the length of the row spacer
- Length determined by flue space dimensions
- Type determined by upright to be connected to
- Some row spacers are not interchangeable, so be aware when selling used equipment
- Load supports connecting front and back beams
- Length determined by the depth of upright
- Style and gauge determined by capacity needed
Wire decking is used in pallet racks and other types of storage racks. Made from steel wire, wire decking gives you the flexibility to store a variety of pallet sizes. It provides a stable surface while also maintaining an open surface, which improves fire safety by enhancing your overhead sprinkler system’s performance. Wire decking is easy to install and is virtually maintenance-free.
What is Roll-Formed Pallet Racking?
Roll-formed pallet racking is the most common type of steel used in pallet racking. More often than not, roll-formed pallet racking has ‘teardrop’ shaped rivet connectors that the beams used to attach to the pallet rack uprights. However, in some instances, the roll-formed beam is outfitted with a bolted connector.
Roll-formed steel is more popular than structural steel because in normal steel markets, it is less expensive because it uses less steel in its construction. They also use mounting clips so warehouses can adjust the beam height easier, which is beneficial within facilities that store a wide variety of product heights.
What is Structural Racking?
Structural pallet rack is different than roll-formed pallet rack in that it is created from hot-rolled steel. In structural racking, components are traditionally bolted together, which is how one can easily spot structural versus roll-formed pallet rack. The horizontal load beams connect to the uprights with bolts, which still allows for an adjustment, but just not as easy as with teardrop racks. Structural rack also typically has a higher weight-bearing capacity.
Structural pallet rack is made of thicker steel c-channels, making it the more expensive but durable pallet rack option. It is most commonly used in warehouses where inventory has a quick turnover because durability is a huge factor when accommodating busy forklift traffic.
Need Help to Determine Which Pallet Rack Beam is Right for You?
While there are certainly a number of variables to consider, if you are still unsure about what type and/or size of beam you need for your pallet racking configuration, give us a call. Our team of experts has decades of experience in problem-solving around both new and pre-owned pallet racking. We know which types of beams can mix between styles and manufacturers, and we can connect you with the right beam to store the products you have in your facility.