Pallet racking is integral to your business. It’s key to accessibility, operations and workflow. But you can easily forget about warehouse storage until it’s time to upgrade. So is it time to upgrade for you?
You might be thinking – can I install pallet racking myself, or is it best left to the professionals? Great question! Some states in Australia require a qualified professional to install racking. Regardless of your location, we recommend veering on the side of caution, especially considering storage can be dangerous if not installed properly.
Whether or not you install warehouse racking yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind before and during the build. These considerations will make sure your warehouse storage system will:
- Optimise your space
- Ensure warehouse efficiency
- Maintain safety
- Maximise longevity
What to consider when installing pallet racking
Measure and review layout
Are you upgrading your racking system, or are you moving premises and re-installing it? Whatever the reason for a new build, racking should maximise space, increase flow and improve accessibility.
Before you install new or used pallet racking, you need to measure the space and mark out where your racking will be. Make sure to measure the distance from the wall and consider the size of your pallets too.
It’s worth drawing up a plan to make sure you erect your racking in a way that will optimise your storage. You can read more about optimising your layout here.
Choose your warehouse racking
What is the best racking system for a warehouse? Selective racking is the most common type of racking. However, there are also several types of racking – drive-in racking, double deep racking, cable racking, vertical racking and carpet racking.
Vertical racking is for long items such as electrical equipment, and drive-in racking is designed for dense storage, allowing room for forklifts to drive in and out. Most racking is customisable, so you can change the width and height depending on what you’re storing.
At Global, we sell APEX selective racking exclusively. APEX is strong and durable. It’s designed and engineered in Australia and complies with the Australian Standards for Steel Storage Racking – AS 4084-2012.
Installing pallet racking
Racking installation will depend on the type of racking, so always follow the instructions specific to your set-up. You will need at least two people to complete the job.
Installation can essentially be split into two categories; the construction of the upright frames and the assembly of the frames and beams together to make a bay. The frame consists of two posts, bracing to join the posts together and footplates.
A basic installation method may include the following steps:
- Make the frame:
- Lay down the posts and position the footplate at the base of the post. Attach using the supplied nut and bolt/s (size and quantity vary depending on the type of footplate that is required).
- Position the bracing horizontals and diagonals in the style specific to your requirements. A standard bracing pattern is a “K”. (You can ask your Global representative what pattern will suit your frame height).
- The starting brace point is commonly 305mm from the bottom of the post or the 4th hole. A frame-block (spacer) is used to prevent the post crushing with an M10x65mm nut and bolt.
- A M10x65mm nut and bolt must be used at each joining brace. The ending brace point also requires the frame block and M10x65mm nut and bolt.
- Erect the bay:
- Stand the frame upright up in position with the footplate placed on the floor. The first diagonal node point of the frame must be facing the aisle. This is called the impact point.
- Clip in your first beam level starting with the rear beam and then repeat for the front beam.
- Stand the second frame upright repeating step 2a and attach to the opposite end of the cross beams.
- Clip in your next beam level at the rear only. Repeat until all rear beam levels are in position.
- Once all the rear beam levels are in, come forward and clip in the front beams at the same height as your rear beams. All beams must use a safety clip on each end.
- After the beams are installed, make sure the bay is squared and levelled. If the ground is not level, you can use the supplied 1.5mm shimspop under the footplate.
- Secure the rack to the ground with a minimum of 2pcs of M12x75mm floor anchors complying with AS 4084-2012. The minimum ground embedment must take into account the shims.
- Lastly you will need to position your load sign at the end of each rack 2000mm from the ground.
At any point in your racking installation, you can contact the friendly team at Global to help you.
Remember safety and compliance must be a priority
Yes, we have heard countless stories of racking collapse! However, whether you decide to install pallet racking yourself or get a professional to erect it, racking must comply with Australian Standards for Steel Storage Racking – AS 4084-2012, which covers design, fabrication, tolerances, test methods, operation and maintenance.
What does pallet racking cost?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all racking setup. Pallet racking costs depend on the frame height and thickness, beam section and number of levels.
At Global, we sell an extensive range, including second-hand racking options, so you can rest assured there will be a storage solution within your budget.
Where do you buy pallet racking?
Now, where do you buy pallet racking? There are many suppliers – small and large – and they all vary in products and customer service.
The number one priority is the safety of your team and your inventory. Reliable storage is key! Getting guidance on your setup is also preferred so you can make sure you’re choosing the right racking for your warehouse.
Global Industrial is a racking specialist. We know industrial storage like the back of our hand! We have been in business for over 40 years and can make recommendations aligned with your business goals.
Want help installing pallet racking – Perth and beyond? Let us take care of it! Just get in touch, and we’ll guide you through the process.