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Welcome To Shelving & Racking Limited

Shelving & Racking Limited are the UK's largest buyer, stockists and trade suppliers of new pallet racking, used pallet racking, warehouse racking, storage racking systems, industrial shelving, longspan shelving, steel shelving and warehouse storage equipment such as industrial cupboards, specialist cabinets and lockers.

Shelving & Racking Limited specialise in:

If you want to get in touch to discuss your shelving and racking requirements, you can call us on 0800 612 3210 or use our enquiry form.

VNA Pallet Racking: Maximising Your Warehouse Space


What is VNA Pallet Racking?

VNA pallet racking, or very narrow aisle racking, is great for maximising your warehouse space. By stacking pallets closely together, it’s a system that allows easy access to all pallets while utilising every bit of available space. In warehouses, making every square metre profitable is crucial. VNA pallet racking achieves this by using narrow aisles and stacking pallets high. Call us to discuss your requirements on 0800 612 3210 or send us an enquiry.

VNA pallet racking stands out as one of our best options for making the most of space when storing pallets. Its narrow aisles allow more pallets per m2 compared to standard pallet racking. Very narrow aisles push this efficiency to an even greater extent. See the typical aisle widths for pallet racking below.

Standard or wide aisle pallet racking:
• Aisle width – 3.5m to 4m
• FLT – Counterbalance truck
• Can be as narrow as 2.5m for access via reach truck

Narrow aisle pallet racking:
• Aisle width – 1.8m to 2.3m
• FLT – Specialist narrow aisle truck

VNA pallet racking:
• Aisle width – 1.5m to 1.6m
• FLT – Rail or wire-guided VNA truck

Why Use VNA Pallet Racking?

VNA pallet racking achieves an average of 55% space utilisation. This means an average of 55% warehouse space used for storage and 45% for aisles. In contrast, standard (wide aisle) pallet racking achieves 40% space utilisation, while narrow aisle pallet racking achieves 50%.

Although a 5% increase in space utilisation may appear small, the impact becomes clear when you crunch the numbers. A 5% expansion in pallet space translates to a notable revenue boost. For larger warehouse operations, this increase is significant.

How Safe is VNA Pallet Racking?

VNA pallet racking is typically higher than standard APR, enabling loading and unloading from significant heights. What’s more, the specialised trucks used with VNA pallet racking are very efficient and designed for safe operation at these heights. Various options are available for VNA pallet racking trucks. Including a man-up truck, which allows the operator to ride with the pallet to the top, improving visibility. In addition, backstops can be installed to prevent pallets from accidentally being pushed off the rear racks and anti-collapse mesh can be added to secure the goods on the pallets.

Rail Guided VNA Pallet Racking

In this system, forklifts need rollers as guides on their sides. Metal rails are then installed along the sides of the working aisle to guide the truck along it. Therefore, ensuring it stays on a straight course. The guide rails can be high or low depending on the storage needs of the first level of the pallet racking.

Wire Guided VNA Pallet Racking

The inductive or wire-guided system uses sensors and a cable circuit under the floor to guide the forklift.

This cable or wire under the floor generates a small electromagnetic field that connects to the sensors built into the forklifts ensuring that the forklift stays on the designated circuit without any lateral deviations

This system ensures maximum safety and automates forklift movements in the aisle. Install the wire circuit after setting up the VNA pallet racking.

Do I need a P&Ds for my VNA Pallet Racking?

VNA pallet racking trucks are highly efficient within the racking system but slow down when moving pallets outside this area, such as to an external doorway. For these tasks, a counterbalance truck is faster, but it can’t place pallets into the VNA system. The common solution is to use pick and deposit stations (P&Ds), located at the entrance of the VNA pallet racking. The counterbalance truck drops pallets at the P&Ds, and the VNA truck then picks them up to store them. There are two types of P&Ds: castellated, where every other racking row is extended for better access, and cantilevered, placed at the end of each row, allowing both trucks to work efficiently in a two-directional motion.

When deciding between cantilever and castellated P&Ds, consider the pattern in which pallets are picked and transported during delivery. Since pallets are not equal on all sides, they need to be correctly angled on the P&Ds to align with the non-turning guided VNA truck. Narrow aisle racking bays are typically 1100mm wide, suitable for both UK and EU pallets without decking. However, UK pallets measure 1200mm x 1000mm, and EU pallets measure 1200mm x 800mm, so the 1200mm side should always rest on the 1100mm beams when placing them onto the pallet racking.

Advantages of VNA Pallet Racking

Effective Space Utilisation – maximising both floor and vertical space can significantly increase storage capacity, potentially by up to 50% or more for some businesses.

Increased Productivity – using faster specialised trucks, VNA pallet racking ensures that the picking and loading process is both safe and efficient. Stock is easy to find with 100% direct access, even at heights, using the specialised trucks.

Increased Safety – advanced handling features on narrow aisle trucks, including “man-up” capabilities, enhance the safety of load handling for your staff.

Reduced Damage – guiding the forklifts down the aisle without manual steering greatly reduces the risk of pallet racking damage, minimising the chance of collapses.

Disadvantages of VNA Pallet Racking

Lower Flexibility – all pallets need to be the same size to get the most from the VNA pallet racking.

Requirement for Specialised Equipment – a narrow aisle trucks is necessary to allow for manoeuvring between the narrow aisles. These specialised trucks are not functional outside of the working aisles.

Fitting of Guide Rails or Wire – a guidance system at floor level is necessary to ensure the precise positioning of the forklift trucks.

The main downside is that VNA pallet racking requires installation on a perfectly flat concrete floor. It is essential that the warehouse floor meets the required specifications including a super flat surface. VNA pallet racking is normally higher than standard pallet racking, with an uneven floor the trucks can tilt and knock the pallet racking at height which is highly dangerous.

If you have weighed up the pros and cons and would like to find out more about VNA pallet racking for your business, you can contact our sales team on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your requirements.

 

Warehouse Labelling – The Correct Way


Whether you’re overseeing a small warehouse or a large distribution centre, maintaining an organised and well-labelled environment is essential for streamlined operations. An effective labelling system can enhance accuracy, efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction. If you’re in the process of setting up or looking to improve your existing system get in touch with our sales team on 0800 612 3210 or send us an enquiry  Continue reading this guide to understand the significance of warehouse labelling the correct way and how we can help you implement it in your business.

Warehouse Labelling Systems

What is a Warehouse Labelling System?

Using a good warehouse labelling system can help your business in many ways. A warehouse labelling system involves the process of marking and identifying storage locations and products within a warehouse or distribution centre. Labels can be placed on floors, pallet racking, shelves, bins, and even individual products or pallets to clearly indicate their location and contents.

Why do I need a Warehouse Labelling System?

A well-designed warehouse labelling system is crucial for helping employees quickly and easily find products and materials. This boosts efficiency and productivity while reducing errors and accidents from misplaced or mishandled items. Additionally, an effective labelling system helps businesses optimise space, reduce clutter, and improve organisation.

What are the types of Warehouse Labelling Systems?

There are various types of warehouse labelling available, including:

Pallet racking labels identify individual shelves or bays. They are usually made of polyester, paper, or vinyl and are often placed in label holders to protect them from wear and tear. These labels attach to pallet racking using magnets or adhesive.

Aisle and bay markers identify large sections of the warehouse. These labels, which can be attached to the floor, ceiling or directly onto pallet racking, often use numbers, letters, or colour codes. Floor marking tape can also be used a cost effective way to mark out areas.

Floor labels mark aisles, walkways, and traffic lanes in the warehouse. Made of durable materials like vinyl or polyester, they often feature arrows, numbers, or symbols to guide traffic. Floor labels can also be as simple as floor marking tape to mark out pedestrian areas of a warehouse.

Pallet labels identify individual pallets and their contents. These labels may include information like the product name, SKU, lot number, and expiration date.

Regardless of the type of warehouse labelling system you use, the goal is to enable employees to quickly and accurately find products and materials.

Choosing the Correct Warehouse Labelling System for Your Business

Assess Your Needs

Before choosing warehouse labels, consider your specific needs by asking yourself:

  • What products or materials do we store?
  • How much space do we have?
  • How often do we move inventory?
  • What kind of traffic flow is needed?
  • What level of security is necessary?

Understanding these factors will help you select the right labels for your business and ensure that you are labelling your warehouse in the correct way.

Assess Materials and Durability

When choosing warehouse labels, think about the materials and durability. Labels in harsh environments or frequent handling may need durable materials like polyester. For less demanding environments, cheaper materials like paper or vinyl may work.

What type of fixing do you need?

Consider the fixing method for your warehouse labels. Self-adhesive labels are permanent, while magnetic labels can be easily removed or repositioned as needed.

Consider Size and Visibility

Labels that are too small can be hard to read and may lack information, while labels that are too large can take up too much space. Place labels in visible locations so employees can quickly find the information they need.

Customisation

Finally, think about whether you need custom labels with your company logo, branding, or specific product details. Custom labels can boost brand recognition and help employees easily identify products or materials.

By assessing these factors and choosing the right warehouse labels, you can make your labelling system effective and efficient.

Setting Up a Warehouse Labelling System

Setting up a warehouse labeling system can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these steps for a successful implementation:

Planning

Before labelling your warehouse, plan your layout. Consider the size and shape of your space, the type of products you store, and the traffic flow. This will help you choose the best locations and types of labels. 

Selecting Your Labels

Once you’ve planned your layout, select your labels. Think about factors already outlined like material, durability, fixing method, size, visibility, and customisation.

Create a Labelling Plan

After selecting your labels, create a labelling plan. Decide what information each label will contain, like product details, location, and safety info. Plan where to place each label and ensure consistency across your warehouse.

Train Your Employees

Training your employees on the new labelling system is vital. Ensure everyone understands the plan and how to read and interpret the labels. This boosts efficiency and accuracy in your warehouse.

Assess, Maintain and Update

Lastly, regularly assess, maintain, and update your labelling system. This helps identify areas for improvement and ensures it meets your needs. 

By following these steps, you can establish a successful warehouse labelling system that boosts efficiency and productivity in your business.

In summary, a warehouse labelling system is essential for an efficient and well-organised warehouse or distribution centre. Tailoring a labelling system to your needs can enhance efficiency, safety, and space optimisation.

Consider factors like material, durability, fixing method, size, visibility, and customisation when choosing warehouse labels. Making informed decisions ensures an effective and efficient labelling system for your business.

At Shelving & Racking, we provide a variety of warehouse labels to meet your needs. From location markers to pallet rack labels, our products are designed to streamline operations and help you achieve your goals. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

 

 

 

 

Locking Pin

Are Locking Pins Needed on Pallet Racking?


When setting up pallet racking systems, customers often ask about the purpose of the ‘clips’ or ‘pins’ that join the connector on the beam to the front face of the upright frame. The primary function of the locking pin (or beam lock) is to prevent accidental movement of pallet racking beams by the forklift truck. Locking pins are small but essential components that secure your beams, preventing unintended disassembly and improving safety. Let’s delve into why locking pins are so important.

The locking pin is a small yet strong device that locks the pallet racking beams in position.  These locking pins are designed to meet industry standards set by organisations like the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA). They are specifically designed to prevent the beam from dislodging when knocked from underneath, but also to break in the event of a more serious impact when an excessive amount of pressure is applied. This can result in limiting the damage of a localised accident to a few pallets rather than a more serious full pallet racking collapse. 

We often see nuts and bolts being used as an alternative (or in addition) to the beam locks supplied by the manufacturer. These should never be used as they are not designed to break under the same pressure. This could result in the collapse of your whole pallet racking run. If the beam does not dislodge the result will be to destroy the upright in the area of the beam connector which can result in a whole upright buckling and collapsing which in turn results in all the beams in that bay falling and rotating against the next upright down the aisle causing this to also collapse and so on. The ultimate result could be a chain reaction collapse along a full run of racking which can be catastrophic and very costly to replace.

When you purchase new or used pallet racking beams with Shelving & Racking we always include beam locks free of charge and we always hold stock of beam locks for all major pallet racking systems available for quick dispatch!

To summarise, the use of locking pins is a fundamental aspect of warehouse safety and racking stability. While their small size might make them easy to overlook, they play a crucial role in keeping the integrity of your storage systems.

Locking pins are an indispensable component in the safety and effectiveness of your warehouse pallet racking. Contact us today to order yours on 0800 612 3210.

Why Choose Shelving and Racking

The Benefits Of Choosing Shelving & Racking


In a world filled with choices, it’s essential to know why you should buy from a particular business. With so many options available, making the right decision for your equipment needs is important. Whether you’re seeking new or used pallet racking or anything else from our range of warehouse equipment, we strive to deliver value, quality, and exceptional customer experiences. Read on to see the benefits of choosing Shelving & Racking and why buying from us is the smart choice. 

Quality You Can Trust

One of the most important reasons to buy from us is our commitment to quality. We understand that this is paramount in any purchase decision, which is why our used racking goes through rigorous safety checks.  All our stock meets the SEMA specifications for racking inspections before it leaves our warehouse and every frame and beam is visually inspected to ensure they meet our high standards. This commitment ensures that you’re investing in materials that are built to last and perform at their best.

Exceptional Customer Service

Customer service is at the heart of our business, and sets us apart from our competitors. We believe that great products should be accompanied by excellent support. The benefits of choosing Shelving & Racking is you’re not just buying a product; you’re gaining a partner who is dedicated to providing assistance, answering questions, and ensuring your requirements are met. We are only a call or email away.

Wide Range 

We understand that every customer is unique, with distinct preferences and needs. That’s why we offer a wide range of products to cater to diverse requirements. Whether you’re looking for a particular beam size or manufacturer, we have a variety of stock available. Our goal is to make sure you find the perfect fit for your business needs. We supply both used and new pallet racking from a wide range of manufacturers, we are sure we can find a solution for your requirements.

Competitive Pricing

Affordability is an essential factor in any purchasing decision. We aim to provide our products at competitive prices without compromising on quality. Value for your money is paramount, and we work diligently to offer cost-effective solutions that meet your budget without sacrificing quality.

Trust

Reputation and credibility is paramount to our business and we have years of trust and experience. We have a track record of delivering on our promises with thousands of satisfied customers. When you choose to buy from us, you can have confidence in your decision, knowing that you are dealing with a trusted and established business. You can read our customer reviews here

Ongoing Support

We don’t consider the sale as the end of our relationship with you. When you purchase from us, as a valued customer we are dedicated to providing ongoing support. From arranging pallet racking inspections, to assisting with maintenance or reconfiguration, we are here to ensure that your experience with Shelving & Racking remains an exceptional one.

When you buy from us, you’re not just making a purchase; you’re making an informed choice. We offer quality, excellent customer service, a wide range of options, competitive pricing, trust, and ongoing support. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we aim to exceed your expectations in every way. Make the smart choice today and buy from us, and experience the difference for yourself! You can call us to discuss your requirements on 0800 612 3210 or you can contact us by email at sales@racking-ltd.co.uk.

Pallet Racking Column Guard

Huge Savings on Pallet Racking Column Guards


Good protection is essential for prolonging the life of your pallet racking. We currently have some huge savings on pallet racking column guards. The money and time cost of replacing damaged frames is substantial so our budget friendly column guards and rack end barriers could be the best investment you make!

We understand that pallet racking is a crucial investment for any business, and any damage to it can result in costly repairs and potential downtime. That’s why our column guards are an essential addition to your warehouse maintenance plan. Their strong and durable construction ensures maximum protection against accidental impacts, forklift damage, and other potential hazards.

Our column guards are built to withstand daily wear and tear, making them a long-term, cost-effective solution for your warehouse. They are easy to install which means minimal downtime and hassle for your business operations.

Not only do our column guards provide unmatched durability, but they also offer an affordable option for protecting your warehouse equipment. We understand the importance of keeping costs low, which is why we buy in bulk to pass amazing discounts onto our customers.  No need to sacrifice quality for price – you can have both with our budget friendly column guards.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – invest in column guards and ensure the safety and longevity of your pallet racking. Trust the experts and give your warehouse the protection it deserves. Call us now on 0800 612 3210 to order now or you can email us and experience the peace of mind that comes with strong and durable equipment.

Dexion Racking, Tyre Racking

Pallet Racking and So Much More!


Pallet racking might seem like a simple storage solution at first glance, but it’s extremely versatile and adaptable. Let’s explore the many storage solutions we can offer, at Shelving & Racking our pallet racking does a lot more than just hold pallets!

Pallet racking transforms how spaces are used. By making use of vertical storage, it transforms warehouses into storage hubs. Pallet racking extends beyond the simple storage of pallets and can be used to store a wide range of products of all shapes and sizes including Tyres and Carpets.

Tyre Racking

Due to the shape and nature of tyres any unnecessary pressure could cause deformities and alter the shape of the tyres. They shouldn’t be stacked and are difficult products to store so they can be easily picked. We provide specially adapted shallow racking systems as a perfect solution to keep tyres separated and accessible.

Carpet Racking

Our carpet racking utilises stacked runs of adjustable pallet racking with timber or chipboard levels. This allows long and spacious channels for easy loading and unloading carpet rolls. Shelf pitches can vary depending on roll diameter and whether the products can be stacked.  

Beam levels can be decked in a choice of suitable materials including chipboard, MDF, and open / close boarded timber. 

The carpet racking can be installed to allow access to goods from one or both ends as required. Positioning racks in a back to back layout offers increased storage capacity, with access aisles between each of the rows.

Freezer Pallet Racking

Freezers need organised and efficient storage, especially for perishable goods. Pallet racking systems are a game-changer in these spaces. As businesses grapple with the challenges of storing perishable goods, maintaining temperature integrity, and optimising space, this becomes a cost effective solution. 

Pallet racking in freezers or cold rooms, lets businesses stack goods vertically making the most of the freezer’s height and saving floor space. Pallet racking designed for freezers is designed to handle the low temperatures.

From adjustable shelf heights to accommodate various product sizes, pallet racking can be customised for different storage needs, helping manage inventory better.  Safety is crucial in cold storage. These racks are designed to be sturdy and durable, with features like guards and protectors to prevent accidents. 

Cask & Barrel Racking

There is an increasing demand from distilleries and breweries for racking for wine and spirits and kegs and casks. Many businesses find this a much more cost-effective method than a traditional dunnage warehouse with the benefit of adjustable levels to control airflow.

Pallet racking can be configured to design a warehouse cask pallet racking solution that meets the specific design criteria of any distillery. Due to the bespoke nature of these racking systems please contact us to discuss this in more detail. We can take into account the type of handling equipment to be used, we can offer walk-ways and staircases for access in order to take samples. Typically, walkways and staircases are incorporated to allow access to individual barrels in the system for on-going checking of the maturation process ensuring the available area can be maximised to full capacity.

Cantilever Racking

For storage of items that are not suitable for pallet racking we offer various storage solutions. If you’re looking to store large sheets of timber, metal or even pipes, why not look at our cantilever racking. We have a fantastic off the shelf solution that is available in single or double-sided. For a bespoke solution including systems suitable for indoor or outdoor use please do not hesitate to contact us.

Vertical Racking

If upright storage for long items is what you are searching for look no further. Our vertical storage racks can accommodate up to 3 metres in length. A very simple system that comes as a starter bay with the option to add extension bays. Each bay comes with 3 dividers, although if you require more simply let us know. With a choice of two bay widths, this vertical storage solution is sure to meet most business needs. For a customised system, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Sales team on 0800 612 3210 or email us at sales@racking.ltd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Successful Pallet Racking and Decking Project in South of England


We had the pleasure to work with a customer on a large project to supply pallet racking and a custom decking solution. This customer needed a bespoke system that would work for their unique business needs, and having worked with us previously asked us to work collaboratively with them to produce a unique timber decked solution.

Working with the customer was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Our team was involved in the design and implementation of the storage solution. We took the time to understand the customers specific needs and tailored the solution to optimise their storage space efficiently. The project was a success and the results exceeded ours and our customer’s expectations.

We look forward to working with them again the future. 

How did we meet your expectations?

Shelving & Racking worked tirelessly with us to finite the details of our requirements on this two stage project, to store for a private enterprise client. The result was excellent and rewarding, that collaboration is vital between customer and client

Was there a particular feature or aspect that you found most beneficial?

Attention to detail in getting the order correct, both with racking and close board decking inlays through their timber merchants.

How would you describe your overall experience with us?

Excellent experience with Shelving & Racking, we would definitely use them again for future projects.

Would you recommend us to others? If so, why?

As a customer, we are looking for quality and affordability. With Shelving & Racking we had both – a rare exception!

We are happy to assist with any custom or bespoke requests you may have. If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team on 0800 612 3210 or email us at sales@racking.ltd.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Go Green This New Year with Used Pallet Racking


Embrace sustainability in the new year with used pallet racking for a greener warehouse. Opting for used pallet racking is a practical and eco-friendly decision to lower your carbon footprint. This new year, why not go green with our excellent quality used pallet racking, all checked to SEMA specifications. It is not only a responsible choice for the environment but can also save you a considerable amount of money. Let’s explore how opting for used pallet racking can benefit both your business and the environment.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Used pallet racking embodies the essence of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. By choosing used pallet racking systems, you reduce wasted materials and give them a second life. This reduces the demand for new resources and minimises the environmental impact that comes with manufacturing new products.

Budget-Friendly

Opting for used pallet racking is not only environmentally responsible but also cost-effective. Our used pallet racking systems are cheaper than new ones, they are also quicker and therefore less expensive to install as the frames are sent out to you pre-assembled.  This means you can embrace sustainability without breaking the bank, a win-win situation for your business and the environment. We can provide pallet racking solutions for all budgets.

Local Sourcing and Reduced Emissions

A lot of new pallet racking is imported into the UK and this long-distance transportation is a significant source of carbon emissions. All our used pallet racking is bought in the UK as locally as possible and reused in the UK. By using UK suppliers and reusing existing materials, you’re contributing to a smaller carbon footprint. 

Durability and Quality

Our used pallet racking systems are robust and reliable. These systems are built to last and all of our stock undergoes rigorous quality checks before resale. By choosing Shelving and Racking, you can ensure that the racking meets industry standards and provides long-lasting performance, reducing the need for frequent replacements and further contributing to sustainability.

Customisation and Efficiency

Pallet racking comes in standard sizes so used racking can be designed to optimise storage space just as well as new, leading to an efficient use of your warehouse, which further reduces the energy and resources used. The circular economy is all about creating a sustainable, closed-loop system. By choosing used pallet racking, you are actively participating, where materials and products are kept in circulation, preventing waste and the depletion of resources.

Choosing used pallet racking for your business needs is a pro-active way to reduce your carbon footprint, promote sustainability, and enhance your environmental responsibility. It is the smart choice for both your business and the planet.  Our about us page gives further details of our commitment to sustainability.

We can supply used pallet racking for all project sizes and we are just a call or email away. Contact us on 0800 612 3210 or by email at sales@racking.ltd.

Used Pallet Racking

Causes of Unsafe Pallet Racking


As we start a new year, is maintaining your pallet racking on your to-do list? It is essential to understand the factors that can lead to unsafe conditions and take preventative measures. This blog examines reasons for pallet racking issues and provides strategies for maintaining a safe warehouse environment. Let’s explore some of the leading causes of unsafe pallet racking and see if we can help you to prevent any of this happening in your warehouse.

Why Pallet Racking Become Unsafe?

Efficient warehouse management relies on secure pallet racking systems for storing substantial quantities of goods. However, without proper maintenance, these systems can pose common hazards. Here are some of the leading causes of unsafe pallet racking:

Insufficient training:

Inadequately trained employees are more prone to causing accidents when working with or around pallet racking. Ensure your staff receives thorough training before engaging with these systems. 

Lack of maintenance:

Regular inspection and maintenance are vital for preventing damage to warehouse racking solutions. Consistently check for signs of wear and tear, creating a repair list to address any issues promptly.

Overloading:

Exceeding the loading capacities of pallet racking beams is dangerous and can cause damage to your racking and your stock and cause injury or death in the event of a collapse.  Implement load notices to guide staff in distributing loads across beams within the specified capacity.

Damaged or missing locking pins:

Locking pins (beam locks) play a crucial role in keeping pallet racking safe by preventing beams being accidentally dislodged . Damaged or missing locking pins can compromise the safety of the racking. Make sure that all locking pins are present and correctly fitted. contact us if you need to buy replacements.

Worn out parts:

Continuous use can lead to wear and tear in moving parts of some mobile racking systems, increasing the risk of collapse or failure. Regular safety inspections are essential to identify and address potential issues, including rust and corrosion.

Incorrect Use:

Using pallet racking for purposes other than supporting evenly distributed loads can lead to hazardous situations. Ensure proper weight distribution and adherence to load capacities to prevent accidents and always refer back to your supplier if you are changing the layout of your racking including adding, removing or altering beam levels. 

Improper installation:

Inadequately installed pallet racking poses a significant danger. Hiring a professional for proper installation is vital for ensuring the stability and safety of your racks, especially when fully loaded.

Understanding these potential risks and taking proactive measures is crucial for maintaining a secure warehouse environment. Prioritise the safety of your employees by addressing these common leading causes of unsafe pallet racking.

Prevention:

Book annual rack inspections using a qualified SARI inspector get in touch here 

Ensure you have installed column guards and barriers to prevent damage from fork trucks and other handling equipment

Ensure you have the correct signage in your warehouse.

SEMA provide a Rack Safety Awareness Course for the routine, regular inspection of your own company’s racking.

If any of the above are on your list and you require any pallet racking components please contact us on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, or you can contact us by email sales@racking.ltd.

How to Measure & Identify Your Pallet Racking


If you are adding to an existing pallet racking system, it is essential that you know exactly what you have so we can match it correctly and ensure that the racking you order matches your existing system. There are a huge number of different pallet racking manufacturers on the market and the separate components come in a wide range of weight capacities and sizes.   Call us on 0800 6123210 and speak to one of our sales team or send us an email with details of what you need.

So what is the best way to identify and measure your pallet racking?

Understanding the Basics

Before diving into measurements, it’s crucial to identify the pallet racking system that you have. There are many manufacturers and we stock a wide range from Dexion, Apex, Link 51, Redirack, Hilo and Stow to name a few. None of these systems are compatible with each other so it is important to make sure that you correctly identify your racking. On our website we have a useful Identify My Racking page to help you if you are unsure of the system you have. If you cannot identify your racking you can send us an email to sales@racking.ltd with an image and we will be happy to assist you further.

Measuring 

Beam Width (Bay Width):

    • Measure from the inside of one upright to the inside of the opposite pallet racking upright. This measurement is often called the ‘clear entry’ or ‘bay width’ – Measurement A on the diagram below.
    • The choice of bay width often depends on the size of your pallets. Typical sizes are 2700mm and 3300mm, but can be customised to your businesses needs.
    • Understanding the total load per pair of beams, known as the Safe Working Load (SWL) or Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL). For instance, if two pallets on a single beam level weigh up to 1000kgs each, your SWL/UDL will need to be 2000kgs.

Frame Height and Depth:

    • Measure the full frame height from the top of the frame to the bottom.
    • Measure the full frame depth from the outside of the front upright post to the outside of the rear upright post.
    • We will determine the correct frame duty based on factors such as the load on the beams, the number of beam levels, and the height of the first beam level.

Contact us on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your storage needs or to get advice on measuring and identifying racking components. Alternatively, or you can contact us by email sales@racking.ltd.