Pallet racking is a warehouse storage system where loads are placed on pallets. The pallets are then stacked vertically, creating more space in the warehouse. Pallet racking is a cheap, safe and efficient method of storage. By storing pallets in a framework, it is possible to access any particular pallet at any time.
Here are some of the best practices for companies looking to implement pallet racking warehouse storage:
Know the weight limits of the rack
Post the pallet rack capacities clearly in the warehouse so employees will know how much to load or unload at a time. Exceeding the maximum capacity can lead to a collapse that compromises employee safety, damaging products and resulting in a big warehouse mess. Heavy loads are typically placed toward the bottom of the pallet, and rack uprights should be able to handle the heaviest loads.
Distribute loads evenly
A new, inexperienced employee may think everything is fine as long as the load is placed on the pallet. In reality, all loads need to be placed on the rack in the right evenly because a small shift in weight can throw the whole pallet off balance.
This is where safety training comes into play. It is wise to have drivers be certified in forklift operations to ensure safety. Companies may also want to require training in maintenance and operational training when it comes to pallet racking and forklifts.
Don’t put a rack next to a wall
Every aisle of pallet racks should give access to both sides. Putting a pallet rack directly next to a wall cuts off half the access to it. Bring it away from the wall so forklifts have access to both sides. The aisle width should be the same on both sides as to serve both areas effectively.