Managing a warehouse is busy work, often involving a seemingly never-ending series of tasks. When requesting a quote to update your warehouse racking system, a great way to save time and energy is to have a plan.
Every warehouse is different with different needs. Luckily, at Racked Out, we have the experience to work on any racking system, and the horsepower to take on any size of job.
But first, let’s talk about some racking basics for when calling for a quote.
1. Know The Basics Of Racking Anatomy
Understanding racking “anatomy” will help communication between you and the team working with you. Many system have different parts and unique styles, but some of the common terminology includes the following:
The Frame: This is the vertical/upright side of the racking system. Typical racking is 42” deep, but can be made in any depth and height.
The Beams: Beams are the horizontal spans that support the weight of the pallet or product being stored on them, while also creating the width of the racking system required. Similar to frames, beams can be manufactured in any width and profile.
The Safety Bars / Mesh: Mesh and safety bars span across the beams, and provide additional safety and support, ensuring pallets and products don’t fall through the beams.
2. What Are You Storing On Your Racking?
If you know nothing else about racking, be prepared with this information. When a Racking Company is building a quote for a client, the most important detail you can provide is what you’ll be storing on your racking. The width, depth, height and weight of your product will directly impact the design of the racking. If you don’t have any other clue as to what you’re looking for in a rack design, knowing what will be stored on the racking system is step one.
3. Designing The Load Bearing System.
Once we know the necessary information about your product, we can design an appropriate racking system to store this product safely. How deep should the frames be? How wide should the beams be? What kind of clearance do you need between beam levels, and how high are we going? Do you require mesh or safety bars? Different products require different storage needs and construction styles.
4. Your Material Handling Equipment.
What kind of equipment operates in your warehouse? Different equipment requires different aisle widths. Reach trucks require a minimum of 9’-6”, whereas counterbalance trucks require 12’. Very-narrow-aisle trucks and order pickers can operate in much narrower aisles. It is important to know what equipment will be used to properly layout the floor plan.
5. Does Your Budget Include A Line For Safety Features?
Racking Systems are a necessary investment, and one worth protecting. Additional safety features such as rack guards and guardrails can protect your racking system, the nearby walls, and more importantly your warehouse staff, from damage caused by forklifts, machinery or even your product.
So, What Racking System IS Best For You?
Great question! And the best way to find out is to give us a call and talk to our experienced team. We have years of experience in racking and warehouse management, with knowledgeable staff who can tackle any job of any size with any racking system. Call us today for a quote or just to say hi!