Pallet Racking FAQ's
[Q] Can I make changes to the use of the equipment after it has been installed?
[A] Yes, the beam heights are adjustable on 75- or 50-mm centres, however we recommend you ask us about the proposed change beforehand so that we can refer your proposal to the suppliers construction manual to ensure that the racking remains correctly installed. The load notification board will also need changing.
[Q] How can I protect my racking from impact damage?
[A] We would recommend that you consider steel column guards for the frames and rack end protection for the ends of the aisles.
[Q]. How are the main parts of the structure described?
[A] A frame is the vertical part that is formed from two post uprights and interconnecting bracing bars that would commonly be set so that the frame width would be either 900mm or 1100mm. The beams are the horizontal part that the pallet is rested onto.
[Q] What type of load can I put onto pallet racking?
[A] The frames and beams are calculated to carry the proposed load that would be identified at the point of sale. Pallet racking will provide solutions for most applications and where the load is higher than would ordinarily be expected a more robust structure can be supplied to deal with the out of the ordinary requirements.
[Q] How is the structure secured?
[A] floor bolts are used to hold the frames in place, and these are fitted through a base plate that is secured to the bottom of the post on the frame. Different specifications of base plates are supplied for different load applications.
[Q] When the equipment is moved or changed what happens to the exposed floor bolt?
[A] It would be ground down to floor level to remove it as a trip hazard.
[Q] What do I do in the event of a fork lift driver damaging my storage equipment?
[A] We are happy recommend a site visit by a person competent to asses the damage and give advice about the need to offload and repair the damaged structure and this should always be done at the earliest possible moment.
[Q] What are load notification boards?
[A] A load board is an essential piece of information that ordinarily is affixed to the rack end at the point of highest visibility to provide operators of the equipment the right information about the correct use of the equipment and what action to take in the event of different circumstances. The board also gives advice about the heights of the beams within the structure that are critical to load calculations.
[Q] What do I need to consider if I want to use my pallet racking in an outside environment?
[A] We would recommend that the structure be finished in a galvanised format otherwise rust will set in within a few years some of which will be visible but critically rust will occur inside a beam and this will not be immediately visible. The ground must be concrete and not tarmacadam. Load calculations will need to consider the effects of wind and snow loads.