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Beyond the forklifts and conveyors and the bins and totes, an often overlooked element of materials handling efficiency is the shelving that is used to store the transported material. Because shelving is used to store product and material when it is not doing anything, when it is in that grey area between delivery and sale, it is often the disregarded workhorse of materials handling equipment. But the efficiency of a warehouse is only as good as the shelving. Industrial shelving, such as pallet racks, increase the total potential storage area of a warehouse by utilizing the vertical storage space of the warehouse. Let’s take a look at pallet racks.

Types of Pallet Racks

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Pallet racking is an essential part of warehouse operations

Pallet racks are so integral to warehouse operations that many warehouses are designed almost entirely around the placement of the racking. The most common type of pallet racking system is called selective pallet racking. Selective pallet racking can be broken down into two main types: roll formed and structural.

Roll Formed Pallet Racking is manufactured in a “tear drop” style – named for the tear drop shaped holes into which the cross beams are secured. Designed for both durability and adaptability, rolled formed pallet racking systems are one of the most common types of pallet racking systems.

Structural pallet racking systems are similar to roll formed except that they use a a bolt to attach the horizontal load beams to the uprights.

Roll Formed Vs. Structural Pallet Racking

Roll Formed pallet racking is highly adaptable and easily installed. Rolled formed components are lighter and easier to maneuver than the structural variants. Roll formed pallet racking easily adapts to the weight, volume and size of loads. The teardrop style is interchangeable among different manufacturers and the tear drop clips allow for quick removal and repositioning to accommodate different sized loads and products.

Structural Pallet Racking is designed primarily for strength and holding capacity.  The bolted horizontal beam connections yield a stronger and more rigid system than the tear drop variant. The robust construction of structural pallet jacks makes them ideal for high use and harsh conditions. While not as adaptable as the rolled formed type, structural pallet racking still offers a wide range of designs and load capacities. Common configurations include pushback, flow and drive-in applications.

Pallet Racking with Reno Forklift

No matter what type of pallet racking system you need for your materials handling operation, Reno Forklift has what you need and our friendly professional staff is here to help you get the right pallet racking system for the job. With nearly 50 years of service to the Reno and northern Nevada area, Reno Forklift is the area’s number one materials handling equipment supplier. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!

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