The Considerations to Make Before Buying Pallet Racks

Buying and installing pallet racks can be both a major capital investment and a significant logistics challenge for your business. Your pallet racking project has a much higher chance of success and smooth implementation if you take a number of key factors into account before you make your purchasing decision.

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Space, Height and Safety Considerations

It’s important to ensure that your racking is only as high as your equipment can safely reach. This is particularly important with bulky or heavy items. When it comes to the width of the aisles, you need to make sure that equipment can turn when fully loaded if necessary. Forklifts generally need 3m to 4m between the racks. While high-bay systems with fully automated loading and unloading can be extremely efficient, they are also expensive. Back-to-back low-bay racking is frequently installed because of its lower cost.

You must be able to prove that you have considered safety in the design and implementation of your racking system. Once installed, racking has to be inspected regularly. Remember that any damage to the racking can compromise its ability to bear loads safely, so you must repair damage promptly and ensure safe working conditions for employees at all times.

Above all, make sure that your warehouse plans and racking layout take account of future needs as well as current requirements and you should achieve an effective and efficient warehouse.

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Planning, Scheduling and Budgeting

A piece in The Builder journal points to the importance of choosing a racking layout that will be effective and efficient for the type of distribution activities in your warehouse. The racking installation can be a major project if the whole warehouse is being reconfigured, so as with any project, it’s important that there is a detailed plan of the new configuration and a schedule for the work involved in decommissioning the old structure and installing the new one.

Sometimes it becomes clear during the planning process that the cost of using new racking is going to be prohibitive.

In these circumstances, managers frequently use a mix of new and used pallet racking or choose to fit out the warehouse entirely with second-hand racking. Choose a racking supplier such as with quality assurance processes will ensure that any used racking they supply is in good condition and fit for purpose.

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