Pallet rack shelving is commonly found in warehouses and other industrial settings. There isn’t much call for this size and type of shelving in the usual domestic home. As the name implies these shelves are used to store pallets full of goods. As these pallets can be very heavy the shelving is usually made of steel piping or similar materials. Another good safety feature commonly used is cast iron netting to prevent them from falling over the edge of the shelves.

Where is pallet rack shelving used?

Pallet rack shelving is used in a number of commercial operations such as the textile industry when mass producing clothing. Given the quantity of material the process uses, this will tend to be stored in the warehouse on pallets. Once it is cut and sewn into clothes, the clothes will be packed up in boxes, put back on pallets and taken back to the warehouse for onward delivery.

Industrial pallet shelving

Trucks have been outfitted using industrial pallet shelving. This achieves a couple of outcomes. It is possible to move large quantities of stock by simply having the pallet truck operator move the pallets direct from the pallet rack shelving to the truck and vice versa. This saves on a lot of packing and unpacking thus reducing costs. It is better for the environment as it cuts down on the requirement for lots of packaging. You also reduce the amount of goods damaged in transit as the pallet racks keeps everything secure and in one place. This also hopefully prevents anything falling on one of your employees when a delivery van arrives. As profit margins are very tight in the world of commercial clothing and similar operations the more you can do to cut costs without affecting the quality of the final product the better.

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On the subject of cutting costs, It is possible to purchase used or second hand pallet racks and the accompanying accessories but you need to buy from a reputable source. You do not want to risk being sued for damaged goods or worse death or serious injury to your employees caused by these shelf units collapsing. You should always follow all the safety procedures to the letter of the law in order to avoid being charged with criminal negligence or other offences. You also want to keep your insurance premiums at affordable levels in order to keep your profit margins as high as possible in these difficult financial times.

If you own or rent space in a warehouse, your aim will be to use this as efficiently as possible in order to keep profits up and costs down. Pallet rack shelving helps to achieve this aim as it is designed to make the maximum use of the space while also allowing you to easily see what is stored on each level. You will usually have a skilled forklift or pallet truck operator move pallets on and off the shelving to avoid damaging the structure or the goods contained on the pallet.

Industrial pallet racking is made by a number of companies including Unarco, Thomasnet and Frazier. The pallet rack load capacity will be dictated by these manufacturers depending on what materials have been used to construct the shelving as well as the dimensions of the product. You can normally buy standard sizes but if you have an awkward space to fill you can buy custom made pallet rack shelving if required.

It is often funny to see that despite the advances in technology and the positive impact this has had on the manufacturing world, most warehouses today are using a pallet rack shelving system that has been in operation for over 100 years. Well if it isn’t broken why fix it?

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