Pallet Rack Guarding
Maintain the structural integrity of your racking system by installing pallet rack guarding for protection and safety in your warehouse. Depending on potential impact force and frequency, you may prefer rigid or flexible guard rails for your pallet racking.
Rigid guard rails offer higher impact resistance and is more economical but can cause more damage to the impactor.
Flexible guard rails offer a higher long-term return on investment due to their resilience in high traffic and high impact areas. The bounce back style of guarding bends upon impact and then flexes back to shape, resulting in less damage to your lifting equipment.
Lift-Out guard rails are another option to allow for easier access to your product or equipment being stored. The posts remain in place, but the rails can be lifted to allow entrance for maintenance or better forklift access.
Consideration for your facility, application, and amount of traffic will best determine the style of pallet rack guarding that is right for you.
Warehouses are designed to maximize storage density, resulting in designers minimizing aisle widths to gain pallet positions. At the same time, forklift drivers are trying to meet schedules, deadlines, and productivity targets. Despite forklifts drivers doing their very best to be safe, forklifts are large, heavy, and very unforgiving when it comes to pallet racking.
The reality is that collisions with the racking structure are virtually inevitable. Damaged components should be unloaded and inspected by a qualified person before being put back into service, temporarily reducing storage capacity. If you need to replace or repair components, it can be a time consuming and expensive proposition. For these reasons, it makes good business sense to protect your assets.
A single small impact to an end-frame should not cause a collapse in a properly designed racking structure. Engineers design racking end-frames with safety factors and to absorb minor impact, however all damages will reduce the capacity of the frame. A single substantial impact accumulated smaller damages to the same frame, or multiple damaged frames in the same system, could render the system unstable and vulnerable to collapse.
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