Store Inventory Safely And Securely - Tips For Configuring Your Industrial Pallet Racks

Effective and efficient manufacturing operations rely on easy access to materials as well as efficient storage of completed products. The installation of industrial pallet racks can help on both fronts, as these racks will keep your floor clear and allow forklift drivers to easily remove and relocate materials as they see fit. However, purchasing these racks should also mean using them as effectively as possible.

Below, you'll find a guide to some tips for configuring the layout of your industrial pallet racks. Keeping these suggestions in mind can help guarantee easy access for your industrial equipment as well as an efficient system that will allow you to finish jobs as quickly and painlessly as possible:

Determine Beam Width

While most pallets are a standard size, they don't all require the same amount of support. The weight distribution of your components as well as the material you use for your pallets can both determine how much spacing you can allow for in the beams in your rack and, therefore, how much you can save on materials.

Most rack manufacturers will be able to provide you with a guide to standard beam sizes for their products that will allow you many options to choose from in order to guarantee stability. Designing your racks conservatively is the best way to guarantee that they stay stable for as long as possible.

Determine Average Load Weights

Nothing is more frustrating than designing a custom pallet rack system and then finding yourself unable to use it to capacity because you didn't factor in the full weight of your inventory. The weight of the pallets must also be included in order to achieve an accurate measurement.

For these reasons, lightweight pallets made of fiberglass or composite materials are growing in popularity in many industrial settings. You should also be sure to utilize the floor space below your pallet rack as a potential resting area for very heavy components that will still keep them out of the way.

Determine Adequate Clearance

As mentioned above, pallets will typically need to be loaded and unloaded by forklift operators. This means that you need to not only guarantee adequate clearance for your storage, but also space for those forklifts to operate. Installing your pallet racks in as open an area as possible will help guarantee that forklift jobs can be completed quickly and safely without risking long delays or lost time accidents.

If you want to know more or have other questions about pallets and how they would fit your needs, contact a company like Certified Handling Systems to learn more.