Posts Tagged ‘warehouse shelving’

Gigantic Pallet Rack Bulk Bins

October 31, 2011

Parts bins are a great organizing tool in shelving, but have you ever wished that you could get parts bins for your pallet rack?  Quantum Storage has just announced a new product to address that wish. 





Rack Bins are 42” deep and stackable to fit into standard pallet racking.  Instead of wasting space above a shelf level, stack two or three bins to make the most of the usable space.  The bins have front, back and side grips for easy handling.  The bins are available in 16 ½” wide, 19 7/8” wide and 3 7/8” wide (by 17” ½” tall and 41 7/8” deep) and come in two colors; Blue and Gray. 

Need Big Bins for Narrower shelving?  Quantum also makes big bins for 24”, 30” and 36” shelving!  Contact Atlas at (800) 842-9188 for more information.

Should you use Wire Decks in your Pallet Rack?

June 25, 2010

Wire Decking for Pallet Rack

I had a call from a customer today with questions about wire decking.  There are a number of reasons to use decking in pallet rack installations.  First, there are National Fire Codes which severely limit the use of wood in racking.  Solid decks will not allow the water from fire sprinklers, or fire hoses to flow down th the floor level, the most likely location for a fire.  Wood also outgasses toxic fumes that are hazardous.  Wood decking is allowed if you add a sprinkler to every level.  Believe me, it will be much more economical to add wire decks. There is also an increased risk of injury with wood decks, particularly in areas where product is pulled by hand from rack.  

The best reason to use decking is safety.  If a forklift operator is trying to place a pallet on a rack shelf level at 18′, his vision has to be very good to place the load correctly with the pallet weight distributed over the front and back beams.  If he misses, the pallet can fall, and that can cause serious injuries or worse.  The wire decking is designed to handle the weight of the pallet, so if a load is not correctly placed, the pallet will not fall.  

Wire decks also allow light to filter through to ground level.  An operation with wire decks will also be cleaner, since dust will fall through the decks to the ground, where it can be collected.  

We get a few dozen calls every year from frantic customers that have gotten notice from the local fire marshall that the wood must be removed from the racking system.  Then, there is a furious rush to replace all the wood, which means every pallet in the place has to be moved at least once.  So, it makes sense to use wire from the start and to have a safer, cleaner and more illuminated work space.  

Thanks to Nashville Wire for the picture.

High-Performance Industrial Shelving

April 29, 2010

It’s nice to be appreciated.  I had a customer call yesterday afternoon to tell me how happy he was with the quality of the industrial shelving we shipped to his facility.  In the past, his company had purchased small amounts of shelving at the local home center.  It was falling down and shelves were bending, so he called us for some industrial-grade shelving. 

There is a big difference between Industrial rated shelving and consumer.  If you look on the label at the big box store, most of those shelving units are only rated for 200 lb. TOTAL.  Our lightest-weight shelving is rated for 450 lbs. PER SHELF up to a maximum of 10,000 per unit.  No problem with that bending or falling over. 

And the capacity increases for other applications; as much as 2000 lbs per shelf.  Getting industrial shelving is worth it and the cost difference isn’t that great.