If your business requires supply chain management, then installing the right pallet rack system in your warehouse is essential in order to obtain great productivity and high revenues.
A pallet rack system is a composition of various industrial shelving units, that when implanted correctly aid in efficiently storing and management of goods and lead a constructive impact on the logistics of your business.
Here are some tips to help you successfully choose the right pallet rack system for your business.
Consider the type of your business.Think about the activity and storage requirements of your business before buying industrial shelving units. Your business may fall into one of these four categories:
- Low activity and low storage requirements
- Low activity with high storage requirements
- High activity with low storage requirements
- High activity with high storage requirements
Consider the dimensions of your warehouse.The number of industrial shelving units and the size of them should be determined according to your needs and the dimensions of your warehouse. Also, make sure to leave room for the turning radius of the forklift when planning your isles.
Consider the type of lift truck you will use.The length of the pallet rack beam should be based on the type of lift truck you will be using. For a counter balanced pallet truck take into consideration the width of the pallet or load and the number of loads between upright frames. For a straddle or an outrigger pallet truck, consider the maximum width of load or outriggers and the number of loads across.
Determine the pallet rack beam capacity.Pallet rack beam offers important support and prevent the pallets from bowing. You can determine the required pallet rack beam capacity by multiplying the number of pallets by load weight. The beam capacity will determine the type of pallet rack beam necessary.
Calculate the suggest depth of the pallet rack frame.The pallet rack frame is another important element to consider. The pallet rack frame depth should be 15 cm less than the pallet stringer dimension. The frame depth should be in 7cm increments. You should also add 5cm to 12cm to the width of the product that the pallet rack will be holding.
Decide the frame upright heightTo calculate the frame upright height start at the floor level and add the height of pallet and load to the height of the beam. Also remember to add the necessary clearance distance between top of load and bottom of the beam.
Identifying which category your business correctly fits will help you pick a pallet rack system with the proper capacity for your business.