What is Cantilever Racking and What is it Used For?

In the majority of cases, the items to be stored in a warehouse or displayed in a retail outlet are of moderate size and fairly uniform in shape. Typically, bolted or rivet shelving and pallet racking tend to be the best choices for warehousing such items, while most retail outlets tend to favour gondola shelving. However, on occasions, storage and sale items may differ from the norm, and so, a more specialised type of storage system is necessary. Exceptionally long items are a classic example of this, and will be best provided for with the use of a cantilever racking system.

The term is used to describe a horizontally projecting beam or arm that is anchored at one end only and used to support something, such as decking, a bridge, or some alternative type of architectural structure. The same principle is also commonly employed in the design of street lighting and garden umbrellas. In practice, the beam will be attached to an upright to which any load placed on the beam itself will then be transferred. The same principle has been applied to create a storage system that is capable of safely supporting items of unusual length.

Typically used in locations like timber yards, building supply stores, and carpet warehouses, given the absence of horizontal partitions, cantilever racking provides the ideal system for the storage of items of almost any length. These include wooden planks and mouldings, plasterboard, steel trusses, metal and plastic pipes, and rolls of carpet and underfelt, to name just a few. For exceptionally heavy loads, the arms may require additional support, and this is provided by the addition of braces. The overall design consists of multiple rows of arms attached to upright struts bolted to a heavy base, which in turn, is secured to the floor, so as to provide the robust and stable structure necessary if it should be required to support heavy items.

A wide range of upright and arm capacities ensures the user will benefit from the most efficient use of cantilever racking which can also be installed as either single-sided rows, secured to a wall or double-sided rows and placed back-to-back, so as to be self-supporting. Furthermore, all of these systems can be easily extended to provide for any future expansion needs.

In addition to being able to offer vertical storage of up to six metres, it also offers the benefit of being relatively easy to install and reconfigure as required. The fact that it is also sufficiently flexible to accommodate a wide range of goods while providing greater ease of access than alternative storage systems is yet another good reason to consider purchasing cantilever racking.

For storage of longer loads, these racks are just one of two possible solutions, the other being to stack them on the floor. While the latter will clearly require considerably less investment, the storage capacity is more limited, and access to stock items more difficult when relying on floor stacking. Call Krost Shelving and Racking to learn more.

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