Practically all industries make use of warehousing in one form or another, and racking and shelving systems are an indispensable part of efficient and safe warehousing, no matter what the product. If your stock volumes are large enough, even easy-to-transport and lightweight items become problematic to shift and store, and may even present a health and safety hazard if the correct racking and shelving systems are not used.
When you’re considering what type of racking is best for your warehousing needs, it’s best to talk to professionals, such as racking and shelving manufacturers, about the pros and cons of various forms of racking. It’s also a good idea, however, to do your own research and homework in order to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, and that you’re not being taken for a ride by unscrupulous racking and shelving suppliers.
When it comes to industrial warehouse racking, there are multiple storage systems available, depending on the needs of your business. Racking and shelving manufacturers are likely to ask you about the following aspects of your business in order to select the right type for your needs:
- What is your price range?
- How big is your warehouse?
- What is the clear height of the warehouse ceiling?
- What kinds of products and goods do you store?
- What is the average product turnaround time?
- What type of forklift trucks do you use?
All of these factors and possibly more, will dictate the correct type of racking for your requirements. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types recommended by racking and shelving suppliers today:
This is perhaps the most common form of racking. Roll-formed racking usually features the distinctive “tear-drop” system, with its drop-shaped holes in the uprights of the columns. Normally these racks are connected by riveting and are cold-rolled into shape. These types of racking are generally less expensive because they make use of less steel in the manufacturing process. The mounting clips of roll-formed racking make adjusting the height of shelves very easy – ideal if your warehouse stores a large variety of differently sized items.
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Unlike roll-formed racking, structural formed racks are hot rolled, with all the components bolted securely together. The upright columns in this form of racking are bolted permanently to the weight-supporting horizontal beams, making structural-formed racking able to carry heavier loads. Structural formed racking uses thicker beams of steel and is therefore more expensive than roll-formed varieties.
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Wire decking is made using steel galvanised wire, and offers the greatest amount of flexibility of all three options when it comes to storing pallets of varying sizes. Wire decking creates a combination of solid load-bearing surfaces, as well as wire surfaces at the same time. One advantage of this system is that the wire decking increases fire safety in the warehouse, as the effectiveness of sprinkler systems is improved. Wire decking is also the easiest option to install and requires the least maintenance, making it a very attractive solution to many warehouse managers.
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