Whether you operate a large warehouse or a small retail store, the right storage is essential to ensure your operations run smoothly and efficiently. It is also important that your storage solutions are tailored to the requirements of your organisation, giving you the flexibility to adjust your layout as the needs of your business fluctuate.
From fast order fulfilment to easily-accessible goods, pallet racking is the ideal option for achieving these storage obligations. By making the best use of the space you have available, these durable racks are often customisable and adaptable, giving you the option to modify your storage as your business changes.
Another benefit of pallet racking is that most systems can easily fit into the constraints of your building, even if you have special requirements (such as narrow aisles or an unusual building shape). They are also relatively easy to install, reducing the amount of downtime for construction.
If you have decided that pallet racking is right for your organisation, you may be wondering how this storage solution is installed. We have prepared a guide to pallet racking installation below, detailing the process of construction and what you should consider before you get started. For specific questions about your business’ racking needs, get in touch with our experienced team to talk about your requirements.
It goes without saying that the first step in the installation process is choosing the storage system you need. This process can be vastly different depending on the industry you are in. For example, retail stores may only require a small pallet racking system, whereas large warehouses may require an intricate design.
For more complicated pallet racking systems, it may be beneficial to contact a professional to ensure your storage solution is as efficient as possible. It will also help to ensure that the right parts are purchased. The team at Apex Storage Systems can help you choose the right system to suit your requirements should you require extra assistance.
There is a range of specialist racking systems available. For example, we offer a Very Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking system, which is ideal for businesses that need to maximise floor space. Alternatively, you may wish to choose a system like our Push Back Pallet Racking system to give you more storage without resorting to narrow aisles. Before you choose the racking system, think about the needs of your business and weigh the pros and cons of each. This type of evaluation will help to improve efficiency in the long term and help to avoid logistical problems too.
Precise measurements are essential at this stage. It will also be essential to think about any potential risks during installation, as well as challenges you may need to overcome.
Pallet racking is an engineering triumph. While it may look complicated, the concept is deceptively simple. While the success of pallet racking is in its simplicity, it does not mean these systems are easy to install. It’s usually best to get a professional team involved to ensure your racking is fitted in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, as well as to ensure installation happens as quickly as possible.
Installing pallet racking is a skilled job and pallet racking installers are trained to ensure that your system is fitted safely and securely. We do not advise attempting installation yourself, unless you have a team who are qualified to the necessary level. Pallet racking is designed to hold large amounts of weight for extended periods, so it is crucial to ensure that there is no opportunity for your system to break or degrade.
At Apex Storage Systems, we have an experienced team of pallet racking installers. We will always ensure your design is fitted to the highest standards and work efficiently to get construction done as quickly as possible.
Before your pallet racking installation, there are several considerations to bear in mind.
If you are wondering how to install pallet racking, it may come as no surprise that there are a number of steps to ensure a safe, secure and efficient installation. Even small systems require a team of skilled pallet racking installers.
The first step in installing a pallet system is constructing the frame. This structure is built from uprights, brace components and base plates. For larger systems, you may have uprights in more than one section, which will be joined by a splice. Connecting frames are secured by row spacers, which help to give extra stability to the overall system.
After the frame is constructed, heavy-duty fixings are used to secure the structure to the floor. Usually, this is in the form of base plates. Unsurprisingly, these fixings are essential to ensure the integrity of your pallet racking system.
Racking beams are then inserted between the uprights. These are typically slotted into holes, which are punched into the uprights during the manufacturing phase of your system. Safety locks are included to ensure that your beam
s cannot become accidentally dislodged.
Decking is appropriate for some pallet racking installations. Depending on the weight of the items you intend to store, you may choose chipboard, mesh or timber decking. Alternatively, your pallet racking system can be used without decking altogether.
Finally, your pallet rack installers will clearly display load notices at regular intervals on your racking system. These notices ensure all operators in your warehouse or building know the limits of the racks and will help to avoid accidents or overloading.
Pallet racking installations, particularly bespoke systems, are precise constructions. With this in mind, it is essential to adhere to the design and plan of your chosen racking. Even small changes, like moving a beam or adjusting frames, can endanger the structural integrity of your racking. Designs have been carefully calculated to suit the load requirements of your business, so bear in mind that any changes must be agreed by your supplier (like us).
If you intend to do your pallet racking installation in-house, it will be necessary to ensure your team are appropriately qualified to construct your system safely. If in doubt, contact us to talk about your requirements and what resources you have available. We may be able to advise on whether you need additional support.
Finally, remember that the job is not complete once your pallet rack system is installed. Regular racking inspections are essential to maintain appropriate safety standards. This is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and requires weekly reviews by a qualified individual. Your racking must be inspected under the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). This should be done by a SEMA-Approved Racking Inspector (SARI), who has undertaken the necessary training courses to achieve the qualification. You will also need to appoint a Person Responsible for Racking Safety (a PRRS), who will lead your inspections.
At Apex Storage Systems, we have a team of qualified inspectors to help with your racking safety. We also offer SEMA approved racking training courses, giving you the option to develop an in-house inspection team.
For more tips and advice about pallet racking, read our latest updates on the Apex Storage Systems blog. Alternatively, browse our products online to learn more about the type of systems we provide. If you need any help, contact our experienced team today to talk about your requirements.