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Roll-Formed and Structural Racking

There are two types of pallet rack construction: roll-formed racking and structural racking. While the two variations have similarities, we want to take a minute and explain what makes the two different!

What is Roll-Formed Pallet Racking?

Roll-formed pallet rack is the most common construction of racking. Typically, this type of racking is usually manufactured in the “teardrop” style. The style of the teardrop refers to the teardrop-shaped holes on the columns of the uprights. It is cold-rolled and typically features a rivet connection. There are few circumstances in which the roll-formed rack has a bolted connection.

Pallet racks in the roll-formed style also tend to be less expensive because it is constructed with less steel than structural racking. Roll-formed racking uses mounting clips that allow storage areas to be easily adjustable to different heights according to load size. This flexibility is beneficial for warehouses that store a wide variety of product sizes.

What is Structural Pallet 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 rack. 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.

For additional information on pallet rack or other material handling equipment, contact our online sales team at 866.474.2001!

Certified Pre-Owned Equipment Storage Solutions

Buying used materials, while cost-efficient, can be a bit nerve-wracking when it comes to the quality of the product.

We are committed to providing our customers with reliable, quality products, which is why we’ve created our Certified Pre-Owned Equipment Program. The Storage Solutions Certified seal is only placed on products that pass our rigorous five-point inspection so you can buy with the confidence that you’re getting only the best quality rack.

Our Five-Point Inspection ensures products are:

  1. Rust-free
  2. Stored in a climate-controlled environment
  3. Produced by a known manufacturer
  4. Structurally sound
  5. Handled adequately during installation and tear down

Thanks to our 330,000 square-foot warehouse, we can store all new and used materials indoors and away from rust-causing elements. We store a variety of used equipment, including uprights, beams, wire decking, safety equipment, and much more. We also offer Used Packages that can make purchasing less stressful, because we know all the pieces belong and fit together. 

Why Buy Certified Pre-Owned Equipment?

  1. LESS EXPENSIVE–with strict project budgets, businesses are continually looking for ways to save. Used materials can be just as reliable as new, without the high price tag.
  2. AVOID LEAD TIMES— it can take manufacturers up to 8-10 weeks to fabricate your equipment. Used pallet rack is available immediately!

You can count on the reliability of buying pre-owned equipment from Storage Solutions. Click here to learn more.

Contact a sales rep to see what we can do for you by calling 1.866.474.2001 or filling out a contact us form and one of our sales reps will get back to you quickly.

Hello again, and thanks for visiting the Storage Solutions weekly blog post!  This week we will be providing the specs for a package of used pallet rack that we have just purchased.  All of the pallet rack is Frazier Structural Rack, and it is available as both Drive-In and Pushback pallet rack.  Let’s take a look at the products.

drive inFrazier Structural Drive-In Pallet Rack:

  • 2 Deep x 4 High–18 Bays with 144 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 4 High–66 Bays with 792 Pallet Positions
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Uprights are 252″H and the entry uprights have Cant Legs angled back at 12″
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Uprights are on 54″ Centers
  • Drive-In Pallet Rack Beams are 50″L

pushbackFrazier Structural Pushback Pallet Rack:

  • 3 Deep x 4 High, 2 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–164 Bays with 3426 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 4 High, 1 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–5 Bays with 57 Pallet Positions
  • 3 Deep x 2 High, 3 Pallet Wide Pushback Pallet Rack–4 Bays with 72 Pallet Positions
  • Pushback Pallet Rack Uprights are 288″H
  • Pushback Pallet Rack Lanes are 150″D from front to back
  • 4 Spans of safety netting is available for the 3 Pallet wide pushback pallet rack for the tunnel lanes
  • Structural end-of-aisle protectors are available at various lengths

Please contact Storage Solutions for more information on this used pallet rack package or to inquire about other new/used pallet rack and other material handling equipment.

Thanksgiving-Charlie-Brown-SnoopyHello all, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Storage Solutions!  Yes, it is once again that time of year; the time when we celebrate the coming together of different groups of people (the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock, and the Native American tribe the Wampanoag Indians) for the autumn harvest feast that we now call Thanksgiving.  It was a simpler time in 1621, and the first Thanksgiving meal shared by the colonists was vastly different from our modern Thanksgiving traditions. The only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl.  However, it can be assumed that the Pilgrims didn’t enjoy a number of the vegetable dishes that we commonly have in our modern day Thanksgiving celebrations.

There are two main reasons for this.  Vegetables typically didn’t play a large part in the feast mentality of the seventeenth century.  It was also very difficult for the early settlers to keep food preserved for long periods of time.  So, depending on the time of year, many vegetables weren’t available to the colonists.

A lot has changed over the last few hundred years that has enabled us to enjoy such commodoties as pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce on our beloved turkey day.  One of the main factors contributing to our ability to have such an eclectic array of food on Thanksgiving has been the evolution of food storage and preservation techniques. The preservation of harvested and prepared food for future consumption is one of the oldest practical arts, and a necessity that developed from the sheer need to survive in a hostile environment where fresh food was not always available.  Early methods of food preservation ranged from drying fruits and vegetables, to salting and smoking meats.

Modern day techniques for storing and preserving food are much more advanced.  Typically, perishable food products will be stored and shipped in coolers or freezers to help preserve the food.  There are entire warehouses, which are basically giant freezers, that are optimal for storing mass amounts of perishable goods.  One important factor in the storing of these foods is the type of pallet rack being utilized.  It is important to use the appropriate type of racking in the food industry to maintain a clean environment. For this reason, structural C-channel rack is preferred over tubular rack because if something spills, it is easier to clean the open C-channel than it is to clean inside the closed tubular channel.  Another type of rack that is typically associated with the food industry is two deep pushback pallet rack.  Only going two pallets deep per row helps keep the product moving quickly as opposed to sitting on the shelf for an extended period of time.

There are some foods, such as ice cream, which need to be kept at extremely low temperatures.  Ice cream is typically kept at a temperature of -25°F, and these extreme conditions can cause an increased amount of strain on the racking equipment and materials.  It is recommended that a rack inspection be performed at least once annually, but more frequent inspections can be recommended depending on the amount of damage inflicted on the racks by the fork lifts and trucks.  Storage Solutions offers a warehouse safety service, where we will come in and make sure that all of the racking welds and anchors are in proper condition.

Thanks for joining us for another Storage Solutions blog post.  Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!