Pallet racks, also known as pallet racking, pallet shelves, and warehouse racks, are a type of heavy duty shelving employed to hold pallets. Pallet racks are common in warehouse settings around the world due to their ability to increase the storage capacity of warehouses vertically. Pallet shelves differ in terms of size and capacity, both being largely dependent on the requirements of the individual application. Pallet racks are generally made up of upright frames and cross beams for shelf levels, as well as wire decks to go on the top of the cross beams for increased surface area.
Manufacturing Heavy Duty Pallet Racks
While roll formed pallet racks are manufactured by rolling and cutting steel sheets, structural pallet racks are manufactured using hot moulded steel. This design makes structural steel much stronger than roll formed steel. When the most heavy duty pallet rack capacities are required, structural pallet racks are often used to ensure the strength and durability of the rack system under the stress of extremely heavy loads. While roll formed pallet rack beams are typically made in a “step” or “box” shape, structural pallet rack beams are frequently built in the shape of a letter “C.” Instead of locking into frames with a rivet-and-slot design, structural pallet rack beams are characteristically bolted to frames, providing a particularly strong beam-to-frame connection.
Advantages of Pallet Racks:
- High weight capacity
- Improved durability
- Ability to be used in selective and engineered rack systems
- Stronger and more secure bolted beam-to-frame connection
- Available in a variety of sizes and capacities
Though pallet racks are not ideal for all storage applications, they are an excellent solution for those in which only the strongest available racking will work. Pallet racks can be used in both selective and custom engineered rack systems such as pushback, drive-in, pallet flow and carton flow racking.
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