Why plastic guards offer the best protection for pallet racking.

When it comes to rack protection guards for uprights, there are two options, steel or plastic. Steel guards have been the traditional go-to. They’re robust and can handle heavy impacts, but they come with a caveat—they can bend or dent upon impact, and over time, they might corrode, especially in damp environments. While they offer strong protection, the long-term maintenance can be a hassle, and that why our team at Stamina Storage Systems will always recommend a plastic rack protection guard to clients, and here’s why:

The Critical Importance of Racking Protection

Busy warehouses are bustling hubs of activity where efficiency and safety must coexist. However, even minor collisions from forklifts to pallet racking can lead to significant damage, which can compromise the stability of the racking system, posing risks to employee safety as well as leading to costly repairs and operational downtime.

Given the high stakes, it’s crucial to invest in reliable rack protection measures. While several options are available, plastic rack protectors offer a unique blend of benefits that make them our go-to protectors for racking uprights.

Why choose plastic pallet racking guards?

One of the most compelling reasons to choose plastic rack protectors is their excellent impact absorption capabilities. Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or other robust plastics, these protectors are designed to absorb the energy from impacts (like a car bumper). This reduces the force transferred to the racking system, minimising the risk of structural damage.

Unlike metal rack protectors, which can bend or dent upon impact, plastic protectors flex and return to their original shape. This resilience ensures long-lasting protection, even in high-traffic areas where impacts from forklifts are more frequent.

Protect-It Stackable Installation Diagram

Versatility and Compatibility

Plastic rack protectors are highly versatile, usually quick to fits and suitable for a wide range of racking systems and configurations. They come in various sizes and designs to accommodate different upright dimensions, making them suitable for nearly any racking system.

For example, the Protect-It XL rack guards provide effective protection for uprights with widths ranging from 70mm to 90mm (2.75” to 3.5”). This adaptability ensures that businesses can implement a uniform protective solution across their entire facility, simplifying installation and maintenance processes.

Durability and Environmental Resistance

Warehouse environments can be harsh, with varying temperatures, humidity levels, and exposure to chemicals. Plastic rack protectors excel in these conditions due to their durability and resistance to environmental factors. They are waterproof and chemical resistant, maintaining their protective qualities even in sub-zero temperatures. This makes them ideal for cold storage facilities and other challenging environments.

In contrast, metal protectors can corrode over time, especially in damp or chemically aggressive environments, compromising their effectiveness and lifespan.

Easy Installation and Maintenance

One of the standout features of plastic rack protectors is their ease of installation. They can be installed quickly without the need for drilling, minimising disruption to warehouse operations. This ease of use extends to their removal as well, facilitating regular inspections and maintenance.

Plastic protectors are lightweight yet sturdy, allowing for hassle-free handling during installation and maintenance. This convenience ensures that warehouse managers can uphold safety standards without sacrificing operational efficiency. To see how quickly the Protect-It XL can be installed, check out our video here

Cost-Effectiveness

While the initial cost of plastic rack protectors may be comparable to other materials, their long-term cost-effectiveness is unmatched. Their durability and resilience reduce the frequency of replacements and repairs, resulting in lower maintenance costs over time.

Additionally, the reduction in racking damage and the associated risks of accidents and operational downtime translate to significant cost savings. By investing in plastic rack protectors, businesses can protect their bottom line while enhancing warehouse safety.

Promoting a Culture of Safety

Beyond the tangible benefits, choosing plastic rack protectors reflects a commitment to safety and proactive risk management. It sends a clear message to employees and stakeholders that their well-being is a priority. This commitment can foster a culture of safety, encouraging best practices and vigilance in all aspects of warehouse operations.

When deciding on the type of rack protection for optimal warehouse safety and efficiency, plastic rack protectors emerge the best choice for pallet racking protection. Their superior impact absorption, versatility, durability, ease of installation, and cost-effectiveness make them an indispensable asset in any warehouse setting.

By prioritising the protection of your pallet racking systems with high-quality plastic protectors, businesses can safeguard their operations, enhance worker safety, and achieve sustainable success in the competitive logistics landscape.

For more insights on how plastic rack protectors can enhance your warehouse safety, contact us at https://staminastorage.com/get-in-touch/

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Cantilever racking installed in builders merchant yard, storing long timber sheets

Racking for Builders Merchants: Essential Solutions for Storage In building Yards

When it comes to running a successful builders merchant business, efficient storage solutions are crucial. Choose the right racking system can significantly enhance your operational efficiency, safety, and overall customer satisfaction.

In this blog we’ll detail the racking solutions Stamina Storage Systems can provide for builders merchants, including the benefits of storage racking, and provide tips on selecting the ideal racking system for your businesses needs.

Contact us to start your project

Understanding the Importance of Racking for Builders Merchants

Why Racking Matters

Racking systems play a vital role in the daily operations of builders merchants. They help in organising and storing a variety of materials, from timber and bricks to pipes and tools. Proper racking ensures easy access to inventory, reduces the risk of damage, and enhances workplace safety. Additionally, a well-organised storage area can improve inventory management, leading to better stock control and customer service.

Key Benefits of Racking Systems

  • Maximised Storage Space: Efficient racking systems make the most of your available space, allowing you to store more products without expanding your premises.
  • Improved Safety: Quality racking reduces the risk of accidents by securely holding heavy and bulky items.
  • Enhanced Accessibility: Organised racking systems make it easier for your staff to find and retrieve products, speeding up the order fulfillment process.
  • Inventory Control: With everything in its place, managing stock levels becomes more straightforward, reducing the likelihood of overstocking or stockouts.

Cantilever racking installed in builders merchant yard, storing long timber sheets

Types of Racking Systems For Builders Merchants

Adjustable Pallet Racking

Adjustable pallet racking is one of the most common and versatile racking systems. It allows for direct access to each pallet and is ideal for businesses with a wide variety of products. This system is easy to install and reconfigure, making it perfect for changing inventory needs.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is designed for storing long, bulky items like timber, pipes, and metal sheets. Its open design allows for easy loading and unloading, and it can be adjusted to accommodate different lengths and sizes of materials.

Drive-In Racking

Drive-in racking is a high-density storage solution ideal for storing large quantities of similar items. It allows forklifts to drive directly into the rack, making it suitable for items that are not frequently accessed.

Mezzanine Racking

Mezzanine racking systems create additional storage levels above the ground floor, effectively doubling your storage space. They are perfect for businesses looking to expand their storage capacity without relocating.

Long Span Shelving

Long span shelving is versatile and can handle medium to heavy loads. It’s ideal for storing items that are manually picked, such as boxes, cartons, and smaller materials, like plumbing parts, or smaller building accessories.

Investing in the right racking system is essential for builders merchants looking to optimise their storage and operational efficiency. By understanding the different types of racking systems and carefully evaluating your needs, you can select a solution that enhances your business performance and safety.

If you’re ready to transform your storage space with top-quality racking solutions, contact us today. Our experts are here to help you choose and install the perfect racking system for your builders merchant business.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Cold Storage Pallet Racking

Cold Storage Pallet Racking: How to Keep Your Inventory Safe and Organised

Keeping your cold storage organised and efficient is no small feat, but it’s absolutely crucial for maintaining the quality of your inventory. Whether you’re dealing with frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, or any other temperature-sensitive goods, the right pallet racking system can make all the difference. Our expert team at Stamina Storage Solutions have had two decades in warehouse storage so, I’ve seen firsthand how proper pallet racking can transform a cold storage facility. In this article, we’ll dive deep into the best practices for pallet racking in cold storage.

Discover Our Pallet Racking Systems

The Importance of Proper Pallet Racking in Cold Storage

Temperature Control

When it comes to cold storage, maintaining a consistent temperature is key and we have seen on previous projects issues such as inconsistent temperatures in one section of the cold storage, leading to spoiled products. This is where having the correct pallet racking system can help!

Space Utilisation

Efficient use of space is essential in cold storage. The cost of maintaining these environments is high, so maximising your storage capacity can save significant money.

Inventory Accessibility

Quick and easy access to your inventory is a game-changer in any warehouse, but it’s even more critical in cold storage where you want to minimise the time the doors are open. A typical solution could be switched from standard selective pallet racking to a pallet flow system, to implement a First-In-First-Out (FIFO) system which in turn would improve inventory turnover and reduced the time staff spent searching for items, thereby enhancing overall efficiency.

Regulatory Compliance

Meeting industry standards and regulations is non-negotiable in cold storage. Compliance not only ensures safety but also helps avoid hefty fines. Stamina Storage Systems recently worked on a project where we had to overhaul a pharmaceutical company’s cold storage to meet new FDA regulations. By upgrading their racking system and ensuring it met all safety and hygiene standards, we not only passed the inspection but also streamlined their storage process, making it more efficient.

Types of Pallet Racking Systems Suitable for Cold Storage

Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in racking is perfect for high-density storage, especially for products that are stored in large volumes. This system allows forklifts to drive directly into the rack, which is great for maximising space.

Carton Flow Racking

If you need a FIFO system, carton flow racking is your best bet. Gravity rollers allow pallets to move forward automatically as items are removed. This system is ideal for perishable goods, and can not only improve stock rotation but also reduced labour costs as the need for manual handling was minimised.

Carton Flow Live Shelving

Mobile Pallet Racking System

Mobile racking systems are a fantastic space-saving solution. These racks are mounted on mobile bases that can be moved to create access aisles only when needed. Installing this type of racking system in a cold storage unit can increase your usable space allowing for more product storage without additional construction costs

Double Deep Pallet Racking

Double deep racking balances accessibility and storage density. By placing one pallet behind another, you can store more products while still having relatively easy access. In a project with a beverage company, we used double deep racking to store large quantities of bottled water and soft drinks. This setup improved their storage efficiency while keeping their products easily accessible.

Push Back Racking

Push back racking is great for Last-In-First-Out (LIFO) inventory systems. It’s particularly useful for bulk storage. This system allows you  to store more products in a smaller footprint while maintaining easy access for their staff.

Push Back Pallet Racking

Design Considerations for Cold Storage Racking

Professional Installation

Professional installation is always recommended for cold storage racking. Experienced  installers can ensure that your system is secure and stable, reducing the risk of accidents. By choosing a reputable company like Stamina Storage Systems with SIER registered installers, to ensure the system was set up correctly and efficiently.

Structural Integrity and Stability

Ensuring your racking system is anchored properly is critical. This prevents the racks from shifting or collapsing under load. Rack protection should be fixed to every upright to ensure the safety of the racking and prevent damage from forklifts. Our Protect-It range of rack protections would be a perfect solution  to ensure your racking remains safe an compliant.

Pre-Installation Planning

Proper planning can make a significant difference. Assess the specific needs of your cold storage environment and customise your racking solution accordingly. Our expert warehouse design team with work with you to carefully plan the layout and racking specifications to ensure the final installation meet your requirements.

Safety and Maintenance in Cold Storage

Regular Inspections

Regular racking inspections are crucial to maintaining the integrity of your racking system. We recommend establishing a routine inspection schedule to identify and address any wear and tear promptly. If you require a racking inspection, you can book online here.

Regular racking inspections are crucial to maintaining the integrity of your racking system. We recommend establishing a routine inspection schedule to identify and address any wear and tear promptly. If you require a racking inspection, you can book online here.

Safety Measures

Implementing safety protocols is vital to preventing accidents. This includes training staff on proper racking usage and ensuring they follow safety guidelines.

Cleaning and Hygiene Protocols

Maintaining cleanliness in cold storage is essential to prevent contamination. Regular cleaning routines and ensuring your racking system is easy to clean can help.

Maintaining an efficient and organised cold storage facility is essential for preserving product quality and maximising operational efficiency. By investing in the right pallet racking system and following best practices for design, installation, and maintenance, you can ensure their cold storage facilities operate smoothly and comply with industry standards.

Remember, each cold storage facility is unique, so it’s essential to assess your specific needs and customise your racking solution accordingly. With the right approach and a focus on safety, compliance, and efficiency, you can unlock the full potential of your cold storage operation.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with pallet racking for cold storage, feel free to contact the team at Stamina Storage Systems.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Pallet racking, with pick locations used in an ecommerce warehouse

Industrial Shelving Systems for E-commerce Warehouse Operations

Industrial Shelving Systems are the backbone of modern e-commerce warehouse operations, offering innovative solutions that maximise every inch of space, streamline processes, and ultimately drive business success. In this blog, we will explore the various types of industrial shelving systems available from Stamina Storage Systems and how they can offer a plethora of benefits for optimal e-commerce efficiency.

Discover Industrial Shelving Systems

The Importance of Efficient Shelving in E-commerce

Many E-commerce warehouse facilities face unique challenges, including managing a wide variety of stock, fluctuating inventory levels, and the need for quick order fulfillment. By choosing the right industrial shelving system for your business you can address these challenges by:

Maximising Storage and Space:

Efficient storage solutions are crucial for the success of any e-commerce operation, and investing in industrial shelving systems can maximise the storage capacity. The e-commerce warehouse stock a wide range products, from small parts like electrical, to much bulkier items like clothing. A shelving system, such as Longspan Shelving, known for its versatility and robust design, is a particularly effective solution. It typically consists of steel frames and adjustable beams. The design allows for easy assembly and adjustment, and to make the best use of vertical space, allowing businesses to store more items in the same floor space. This is particularly beneficial in e-commerce warehouses where maximizing storage capacity is essential.

Discover Long Span Shelving Systems
long span shelving system, with timber for storing bulky, heavy goods

Enhancing Inventory Management

In a fast-paced e-commerce warehouse, quick and easy access to stock is paramount. Industrial Shelving Systems, such as Mobile Shelving Systems are designed to significantly enhance inventory management and maximise accessibility. These systems consist of shelving units mounted on tracks, allowing them to be compacted together to save space and only create aisles when needed. This design not only increases the storage capacity within the same footprint but also improves the organisation of inventory, as items can be stored systematically and accessed with ease.

Discover Mobile Shelving Systems

Adapt to change

Industrial shelving systems are inherently adaptable, making them ideal for managing fluctuations due to seasonal trends in e-commerce. These shelving units feature adjustable components, such as customisable shelf heights and modular designs, allowing for quick reconfiguration to accommodate varying inventory sizes and quantities. During peak seasons, when stock levels surge, additional shelves can be added or repositioned to maximise storage capacity and improve organisation. Conversely, during off-peak periods, shelves can be rearranged or removed to create more efficient pathways and streamline the warehouse layout. This flexibility ensures that storage solutions remain efficient and effective year-round, regardless of changes in product volume or size.

Discover Industrial Shelving Systems
warehouse shelving systems

Enhancing Inventory Management

Inventory management is a key factor in e-commerce operations. Shelving systems can help streamline this process by enabling efficient stock rotation and easy stocktaking. By implementing a system like Carton Flow Live Systems to ensure that products are easily visible, reachable, and ready for quick retrieval.

Discover Carton Live Systems
carton live storage

 In the fast-paced world of e-commerce, efficient shelving systems are essential for staying competitive. By investing in innovative industrial shelving solutions from Stamina Storage Systems, your businesses can maximise storage capacity, streamline operations, and ultimately achieve greater success. Whether you’re a small business or a large retailer, we can help you choose the the right shelving system can make all the difference in your operational efficiency and bottom line. So get in touch with our team today.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Could Drive-in Pallet Racking Be The Solution to Your Storage Challenges?

Are you a warehouse manager looking to optimise space and increase efficiency in your facility? If so, you may want to consider drive-in racking as a solution. This innovative storage system has been chosen by many businesses for its ability to maximise storage space while also offering significant cost savings. 

What is Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-In Pallet Racking is a high-density storage solution designed to utilises vertical space efficiently by eliminating aisles between racks, allowing forklifts to drive directly into the racking bays to access the palleted goods. This design minimises wasted aisle space, making it an ideal choice for warehouses with a high volume of products.

View our Drive-In Pallet Racking Solutions

Why Choose Drive-In Pallet Racking for Your Warehouse Operation?

Choosing drive-in pallet racking for your warehouse operation brings many benefits, making it a compelling choice for businesses looking to optimise their storage space and enhance operational efficiency.

Here are several reasons why you should consider drive-in pallet racking:

  • Maximised Space Capacity: Drive-in pallet racking systems typically have a higher storage density than traditional selective rack systems because they allow pallets to be stored closer together and with fewer aisles. This is possible because the system only requires one aisle for retrieval rather than two aisles as in a traditional pallet racking system.
  • Cost-Effective:  With drive-in pallet racking, every inch of floor space and can utilised so it makes it the ideal solution for businesses looking to optimise their space without the need for costly expansions or the need to locate to bigger facilities.
  • Suitability for High Volume Inventory: Drive-in pallet racking is a great solution if storing large quantities of the same product or SKU. This makes it an ideal choice for warehouses with high-volume inventory that doesn't require frequent access, such as seasonal items or raw materials.
  • Improved Accessibility: Drive-in pallet racking still provides relatively easy access to stored goods. Forklifts can drive in to the bay the and retrieve pallets from multiple positions, facilitating efficient loading and unloading operations.
  • Safety and Durability: Drive-in pallet racking systems are built to withstand heavy loads and rigorous warehouse environments. With robust construction and adherence to safety standards, these systems ensure the safety of both your warehouse operative and the stored goods.

 

How does drive in pallet racking differ from conventional racking

Drive-in pallet racking differs significantly from conventional racking systems, here’s how:

Storage Methodology: Conventional racking systems prioritise individual accessibility to each pallet location and the aisle between the racks allows for direct access to pallets, making it a great solution for fast-moving goods. However, hand, drive-in pallet racking maximises the storage capacity by removing the aisles, enabling the pallets to be stored in-depth. This method is ideal for goods with lower turnover rates, as it prioritises bulk storage and  available space.

Accessibility: In conventional racking, forklifts drive through aisles to access the pallets to quickly and efficiently pick the stock. This design requires enough space between racks to able the forklift to move, which limits storage capacity. Whereas Drive-in pallet racking allows forklifts to drive directly into the racking structure, accessing multiple pallets within each bay. While this method reduces accessibility to individual pallets, it significantly increases storage density, making it ideal for warehouses with limited space.

Inventory Management: Conventional racking systems are a good choice for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management, where older stock is accessed before newer stock as access to the pallet positions is much easier. Drive-in pallet racking, on the other hand, is better suited for last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management, where the most recently stored pallets are accessed first. This is because pallets are stored in-depth, with newer stock positioned behind older stock, requiring forklifts to retrieve pallets from the rear of the rack.

Space Utilisation: Conventional racking systems typically require wider aisles between racks to accommodate forklift maneuverability, resulting in lower storage density. Drive-in pallet racking maximises the vertical space in the warehouse by removing the aisles and allowing forklifts to access pallets within the rack structure. This design significantly increases storage capacity, making it ideal for warehouses looking to make the most of limited floor space.

Flexibility: Conventional racking systems offer greater flexibility in terms of SKU selection and rotation, as each pallet position is individually accessible. Drive-in pallet racking, while highly efficient for bulk storage of homogeneous goods, may be less flexible when it comes to SKU rotation and access to specific pallets. However, it can still accommodate varying pallet sizes and configurations within its design parameters.

Making the right choice when it comes to pallet racking is the first step in optimising the use of a warehouse. This requires a deep understanding of warehouse space and knowing which areas to optimise, where to add or remove, and what is most efficient. By contacting the team at Stamina Storage Solutions, we can help you make the right decision for your business. To speak to our team, or arrange a free site visit, get in touch today.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Narrow Aisle Racking

Should You Consider Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking For Your Warehouse?

With many pallet storage solutions available, narrow aisle racking stands out as a popular choice for businesses looking to make the most of their storage space. However, whilst this type of system reduces the aisle widths to create space, we need to explore if its’ right fit for your warehouse?

When scoping out what your options are for a warehouse pallet racking solution, maximising the floor space and efficiency will be one of your key priorities, as every square foot of your warehouse holds potential for increased productivity and saving costs. Among the many pallet storage solutions available, narrow aisle pallet racking stands out as a popular choice for businesses looking to make the most of their storage space. However, whilst this type of system reduces the aisle widths to create space, we need to explore if its’ right fit for your warehouse?

Understanding Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking

Narrow aisle pallet racking is a pallet racking system which reduces the width of the aisles between the racks by as much as 50% compares to that of traditional rack  configurations.  Unlike traditional wide aisle setups, narrow aisle racking utilises specialised forklifts or reach trucks capable of navigating tighter spaces to put away and pick the pallets. This design enables warehouses to store more inventory while maintaining accessibility to individual pallets.

Narrow Aisle Racking

The advantages of narrow aisle pallet racking:

Narrow aisle racking has significant advantages when it comes to maximising the floor space within your warehouse with up to a 50% improvement compared to traditional racking systems. Additionally, the design of narrow aisles facilitates faster movement of goods throughout the warehouse, enhancing material handling efficiency and leading to quicker order fulfillment times. Despite the narrow aisles, accessibility to individual pallets is maintained, ensuring enhanced selectivity crucial for warehouses managing diverse product lines or frequently changing inventory. This efficiency in retrieving specific items contributes to smooth operations adaptable to varying demand patterns. Moreover, the system’s space optimisation capabilities translate into long-term cost savings as warehouses minimise the need for costly expansions or off-site storage solutions. By utilising existing space more effectively, businesses can improve financial efficiency and sustainability over time.

Narrow Aisle Racking

The disadvantages of narrow aisle pallet racking:

While narrow aisle pallet racking offers numerous advantages, it’s essential to consider potential disadvantages before implementing this storage solution.

Narrow aisles require special forklifts or reach trucks capable of maneuvering in tight spaces. These vehicles typically come with higher upfront costs compared to standard forklifts. Additionally, their maintenance and operation may require specialised training for warehouse staff, adding to operational expenses.

Whilst narrow aisle racking will maximise your space, it may not be a suitable option for the types goods you are storing as some products may require wider aisles or alternative storage solutions to ensure efficient retrieval and handling. Additionally, the restricted space may pose challenges for certain material handling tasks, particularly those involving oversized or irregularly shaped items.

The initial upfront costs of narrow aisle pallet racking could be higher as it involves for both equipment and infrastructure modifications. These expenses may include purchasing specialised forklifts, retrofitting existing racking systems, and potentially redesigning warehouse layouts. While the long-term benefits of improved space and efficiency may outweigh these initial costs, businesses must carefully evaluate the return on investment before proceeding with implementation.

Choosing the right pallet racking system can be difficult, so by contacting the team a Stamina Storage Systems, we can discuss the various options available. We will arrange a free site visit to help guide you on the right solution for your business, To speak to our team, or arrange a free site visit, get in touch today.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

Adjustable Pallet Racking (APR) Racking

The Ultimate Guide to Pallet Racking: Everything You Need to Know

With such a diverse array of options available to meet every storage need, it can be overwhelming to select the perfect pallet racking system for your warehouse, so here's our guide to help you make an informed decision.

Pallet racking systems are the backbone of countless warehouses and distribution centers around the world. These versatile structures provide efficient storage solutions for palletised goods, optimising space and facilitating smooth operations. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of pallet racking, covering everything from its components to different types and how to choose the right racking system for your needs.

What is pallet racking?

Pallet racking is a storage system designed to store palletised goods in a warehouse or distribution center. The system, consists of  upright columns, horizontal beams, and optional accessories such as wire or timber decking. The primary purpose of pallet racking is to maximise vertical storage space while allowing easy access to stored items for loading and unloading using forklifts or other handling equipment.

There are various types of pallet racking systems available, which we will discuss below.

Racking maintenance. A guide to keeping your racking system in top condition

Key components of a pallet racking system

Before we dive into the various types of pallet racking, let’s first understand the key components that make up these systems:

  • Frame / Uprights: These vertical columns serve as the support structure for the racking system. Uprights typically have holes or slots at regular intervals to accommodate beams.
  • Beams: Horizontal load-bearing members that connect to the uprights, forming the shelves or levels where pallets are stored. Beams come in various lengths and weight capacities to suit different storage requirements.
  • Wire Decking or Timber Decking: Optional decking placed on the beams to provide additional support for pallets and prevent items from falling through.
  • Footplates: These are anchored to the floor to provide stability and support for the uprights.
  • Bracing: Diagonal braces or cross beams that connect the uprights together, enhancing the overall stability and strength of the racking system.
  • Locking / Safety Pins: Inserted into the upright frames and engage with the beams to secure them in place, preventing accidental dislodgment or displacement of the beam.

Types of Pallet Racking

Pallet racking systems can broadly be categorised into two main types based on their accessibility and storage density:

Direct Access Pallet Racking

  • Adjustable Pallet Racking(APR): This is the most common type of direct access pallet racking. It allows for individual pallets to be accessed directly without moving others. Selective racking systems are versatile and suitable for warehouses with a wide variety of SKU (stock-keeping unit) requirements. They offer easy access to each pallet, making them ideal for businesses that prioritise quick retrieval of goods.

Adjustable Pallet Racking (APR)

Adjustable Pallet Racking (APR) Racking

  • Cantilever Racking: a specialised type of pallet racking system designed primarily for the storage of long, bulky, or irregularly shaped items that cannot be stored on traditional pallets. Unlike conventional pallet racking, which utilises horizontal beams to support pallets, cantilever racking features long, horizontal arms that extend from vertical columns.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever Racking
High-Density Pallet Racking Systems

  • Mobile Racking Systems: Unlike traditional static pallet racking, mobile pallet racking is mounted on a steel framed base. This racking system is installed over guided mobile bases that slide laterally, thus eliminating the need for aisles, which open up only when accessed.

Mobile Racking

  • Drive-In Racking: Drive-in Racking, also know as drive-through racking, allows forklift trucks to drive directly into the pallet racking , providing easy access to stored pallets. This efficient design eliminates the need for aisles between racks, maximising storage space for products with a low inventory turnover rate.

Drive-In Racking

  • Push Back Racking: Push back racking is a type of selective pallet racking system used in warehouses to maximise storage density while maintaining selectivity and ease of access to stored goods. Ideal if you’re storing bulk goods on pallets according to the Last-in, First-out (LIFO) principle.

Push Back Racking

Push Back Pallet Racking

  • Carton Flow Live Shelving: This system utilises gravity to move products seamlessly from the loading end to the picking end, reducing the need for manual handling and increasing picking efficiency and is particularly effective for products with a short shelf life, where the first-in-first-out (FIFO) system is crucial. It’s commonly used for cartons, boxes, and smaller items.

Carton Flow Racking

carton live storage

How to choose the right pallet racking system

When it comes to choosing a pallet racking system for your warehouse or distribution centre, several considerations come into play. First off, you’ve got to assess your storage requirements. Take a good look at the size, weight, and volume of your inventory, including any items with special handling needs. This will help determine the type of racking system that can best accommodate your goods.

Accessibility is another key factor to think about. Do you need direct access to each pallet, or are you okay with sacrificing a bit of accessibility for higher storage density? Understanding your accessibility needs will steer you towards the right type of racking system that balances storage efficiency with ease of access.

Lastly, don’t forget about your warehouse layout and future growth plans. Consider the dimensions of your warehouse, including ceiling height and aisle width, to make sure you’re optimising space utilisation. And as your inventory grows over time, ensure that the racking system you choose can adapt to accommodate your evolving needs without requiring a complete overhaul. Taking all these factors into account will help you make an informed decision and select a pallet racking system that maximises efficiency and productivity in your warehouse or distribution centre.

Stamina Storage Solutions have 25  years of experience designing and installing storage solutions for businesses in all sectors.

So, if you need support or advice contact us and we can help you find the right storage solution for your business.
Contact Us

A load notice sign to show the weight capacity of the racking

How Much Weight Will Pallet Racking Hold?

Pallet racking plays a pivotal role in optimising warehouse storage, providing a systematic and efficient way to store goods and understanding the weight capacities associated.

The weight capacity of a pallet racking system is its ability to support and safely hold the weight of the goods stored on its shelves. Overlooking this crucial factor can lead to safety hazards, structural failures, and operational inefficiencies. It’s essential to accurately assess the weight of your stored goods and choose a pallet racking system that can handle the load.

The amount of weight that a pallet racking system can hold will vary depending on the type of system, and the manufacture and we will always advise to check the pallet racking you use is suitable for the good you store, especially if the goods have changed. Below we have given some guidance on the different pallet racking types and their weight capacities:

Types of Pallet Racking and Their Weight Capacities:

Adjustable Pallet Racking

Adjustable pallet racking is the most common type of pallet racking, allowing direct access to each pallet. Weight capacities can vary but generally range from 500kgs to 2000 kgs per pallet position. Ensure to check manufacturer specifications for precise details

Double-Deep Pallet Racking:

Ideal for high-density storage, double-deep racking systems have weight capacities similar to selective racking. However, it’s crucial to consider the accessibility constraints, as pallets are stored two-deep, making rear pallets less accessible. Also there is a weight reduction on rear pallets due to the truck operation.

Drive-In Racking:

Designed for high-density storage, drive-in systems can handle substantial weight. Capacities typically range from 500kgs to 2000kgs per pallet position. Consider the trade-off between storage density and selectivity.

Push Back Pallet Racking:

With a Last-In-First-Out (LIFO) inventory management system, push back racking can handle weights ranging from 500kgs to 2000kgs per pallet position. It’s essential to consider the dynamic nature of this system when assessing weight capacities.

Cantilever Racking:

Commonly used for storing long and bulky items like pipes and timber, cantilever racking is generally designed around the goods stored and is therefore not as restricted on weight capacities as per the other options. The overall capacity depends on the length and thickness of the stored items.

Before  determining the weight limits of a specific pallet racking systems, we would need to understand the following:

  1. What type of racking you are using:
    As we mentioned above, different types of pallet racking system have different weight capacities (e.g. selective pallet racking, drive-in racking, push back racking, etc.) so we will need to know what type you are using or are planning to use.
  2. Manufacturer and Model:
    As well as type of raking, we will need to identify the manufacturer and model of your pallet racking system. Different manufacturers may have variations in design and specifications, impacting weight limits. If you don’t know the manufacturer of the racking, just take a photo and we can help you identify the model you have.
  3. Configuration and Dimensions:
    It is important to provide details about the configuration and dimensions of your pallet racking system. This includes the height, width, and depth of the racks, as well as the number of levels or beams – we can give you guidance on how to measure your pallet racking system.
  4. Material and Construction:
    Note the materials used in the construction of the pallet racking, such as the type of steel, and inquire about the design features that contribute to its load-bearing capacity.
  5. Beam Levels and Spacing:
    Specify the number of beam levels in each rack and the spacing between these levels. This information is crucial as it directly impacts the weight distribution across the racking system.
  6. Pallet Size and Weight:
    Provide details about the size and weight of the pallets you intend to store on the racks. The weight of the individual pallets, along with the quantity, influences the overall load on the system (UK Pallet -1200mm x 1000mm, Euro Pallet -1200mm x 800mm).By providing these specific details, will enable our expert team to calculate and recommend accurate weight limits based on the design and specifications of your system. It’s essential to consult with experts in pallet racking to ensure that your system is configured to safely and efficiently handle the weight requirements of your stored goods.

Cantilever racking loaded with long steel products
euro pallet, uk pallet diagram

Are there any regulations around weight loads

Load notices on pallet racking help warehouses comply with weight restrictions and other regulations imposed by local authorities. This compliance not only ensures a safe working environment but also prevents potential legal issues.

Whilst there is no specific legislation in place with regards to  load notices, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states that the limitations indicated in the maximum load notice should never be exceeded.

In addition to this, training and guidance should be provided to staff within the warehouse to ensure they are a clear understanding on what the maximum racking loads are, and why it’s important for them to adhered to.

Stamina Storage Systems will supply load notices when installing pallet racking systems providing information on the weight-bearing capacity of each pallet and the load distribution, these notices help prevent overloading, ensuring that the racks can support the intended weight without compromising safety. If you need further support on load requirements for your racking, feel free to contact our team experts, who are on hand to help.

A load notice sign to show the weight capacity of the racking

If you need support finding the right storage system for your business, contact our expert team today.

Contact a member of our expert team to discuss your needs.
Request a callback

new brand for stamina handling ltd

Stamina Handling Limited Powers into the Future as Stamina Storage Systems!

Stamina Handling Limited is thrilled to unveil its dynamic transformation into Stamina Storage Systems. This monumental rebranding aims to align the company's identity with its unwavering commitment to the UK racking distributor market.

New Branding!

The buzz doesn't stop there – along with the exciting name change, Stamina Storage Systems is unveiling a fresh, modern look and an upgraded website at 'staminastorages.com.' Boasting user-friendly features, the revamped site promises customers an enhanced experience, providing easy access to support and expert advice on all racking and storage services.
While the company's registered business name will remain Stamina Handling Limited, the metamorphosis into Stamina Storage Systems marks a pivotal moment in the company's evolution. With a bold new identity, cutting-edge website, and an enduring commitment to excellence, Stamina Storage Systems is poised to revolutionize the racking and storage industry for years to come. Stay tuned for the exciting journey ahead!

Peter Gobbi, Managing Director explains the change; “We’ve had feedback that our name and marketing didn’t represent who we are and what we do, and this was impacting on our ability to reach our customers in need of support with their racking and storage solutions. Our new name, more accurately reflects our on-gong offering to the racking distribution market.  As we approach 30 years of service, the rebranding illustrates how the company is continuing more committed than ever to the customers we serve – and we’re investing and appropriately modernising our business to ensure we’re around for many more years”.

Stamina Storage new brand

Cantilever racking installed in builders merchant yard, storing long timber sheets

Cantilever racking for timber products

Traditional storage systems may struggle to accommodate these requirements, making the adoption of specialised solutions imperative. In this blog, we delve into the world of cantilever racking and its role in optimising storage for timber products.

What is Cantilever Racking?

Cantilever racking is a versatile and space-efficient storage system designed to handle long, heavy, and awkwardly shaped items – precisely the characteristics of timber products. Unlike traditional pallet racking, cantilever racks feature arms that extend from vertical columns, providing unobstructed access to stored items.

Advantages for Timber Products:

  1. Length and Flexibility:
    • Cantilever arms can be adjusted to accommodate varying lengths of timber products.
    • The system's flexibility allows for easy storage of items with irregular shapes, such as planks, beams, or logs.
  2. Weight Capacity:
    • Engineered to support heavy loads, cantilever racking is well-suited for the weighty nature of timber products.
    • The robust design ensures stability and safety, even with substantial loads.
  3. Accessibility:
    • Cantilever racking enables easy accessibility to stored timber items.
    • Forklifts and other material handling equipment can navigate through the aisles, ensuring efficient retrieval and storage.
  4. Space Optimization:
    • The open-front design of cantilever racks maximizes space utilization, making it ideal for long and bulky timber products.
    • High vertical storage allows for the effective use of vertical space in your warehouse.

Installation and Maintenance:

Implementing cantilever racking for timber products requires careful planning and installation. Here are key considerations:
  • Customisation -
    Work with a supplier who can tailor the cantilever racking system to suit the specific dimensions and weight capacities of your timber products.
  • Safety Measures - 
    Emphasise proper load distribution and regularly inspect the system to ensure it meets safety standards.
    Educate staff on safe loading and unloading practices.
  • Regular Maintenance -
    Implement a routine maintenance schedule to identify and address any wear and tear promptly.
    Keep aisles clear and organise inventory to prevent accidents and damage.
Cantilever racking emerges as a tailored solution for the unique storage demands posed by timber products. Its adaptability, weight capacity, and accessibility make it an indispensable asset for industries where efficient storage and retrieval of timber items are paramount.

 

With decades of experience with cantilever racking, you can trust the team at Stamina Storage Systems  to unlock the full potential of your timber product storage, helping you pave the way for streamlined operations and enhanced productivity. Contact us to arrange a free site visit or a online quotation.

If you are looking for a storage solution for timber products, then cantaliver racking could be the perfect system for you. Stamina Storage Solutions can do a free site survey to dicuss your requirements. Get in touch today.

Contact a member of our expert team to discuss your needs.
Request a callback