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Warehouse Pallet Racking

Pallet racking is the perfect storage solution for your pallets. With a great range of systems, parts, and accessories, we have everything to provide the flexible storage options you need. Buy your new Warehouse Pallet Racks online or contact our friendly team for help and advice. - Click to learn more about Warehouse Pallet Racking

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Optimise Your Warehouse Space with High-Quality Pallet Racking

Efficiently managing your warehouse space is critical to any business. Our range of pallet racking systems is designed to maximise your storage capacity, ensuring you can store more products in less space.

At First Mats, we understand the importance of utilising every square inch of your warehouse, and our pallet racking systems are designed to help you do just that.

Whether you're looking for a simple pallet shelving system or a more complex, customised racking layout, we have the expertise and the products to meet your needs.

Our pallet racking systems are robust, reliable, and built to last, providing you with a long-term storage solution that you can rely on. With our pallet racking, you can streamline your warehouse operations, improve productivity, and, ultimately, drive your business forward.

Understanding Warehouse Pallet Racks

Warehouse pallet racks are designed to store goods and materials on warehouse pallets. Comprising vertical frames and horizontal beams, these racks create "bays" or "unit load positions" to support the weight of the pallets.

These heavy-duty shelves can be configured in various ways to meet specific warehouse needs and are typically loaded by forklifts, allowing for organised storage in neat rows on multiple vertical levels.

Why Choose Heavy-Duty Warehouse Pallet Racks?

Heavy-duty warehouse pallet racks offer the advantage of efficient vertical space utilisation. Storing pallets up to four levels significantly enhances warehouse space's effective use.

Additionally, they facilitate better organisation and easier access to goods. The First Mats range includes all-in-one systems, decking panels, row spacers, fork spacers, and pallet support bars, fitting both UK standard and Euro standard pallet sizes.

Things to Consider

  • Load Capacity: Consider the maximum weight that the pallet racking system can safely hold. This is crucial to ensure that it can accommodate the weight of your products or materials without compromising safety or stability.
  • Size and Dimensions: Evaluate the dimensions of the pallet racking system to ensure it fits well within your available space. Consider the racks' height, width, depth, and any specific requirements for your warehouse layout.
  • Compatibility: Check if the pallet racking system is compatible with your existing storage equipment or if it can be easily integrated with other systems you plan to use. This will help optimise your storage space and ensure smooth operations.
  • Adjustability: Look for pallet racking systems that offer adjustable shelving or racks. This flexibility allows you to adapt the system to accommodate different product sizes or reconfigure the layout as your storage needs change over time.
  • Durability: Consider the material and construction quality of the pallet racking system. It should be robust and able to withstand the demands of your warehouse environment, such as heavy loads, frequent movement, and potential impacts.
  • Safety Features: Ensure that the pallet racking system complies with relevant safety standards and regulations. Look for features like safety pins, beam connectors, or load stoppers that enhance stability and prevent accidents or product damage.
  • Accessibility: Evaluate how easily you can access and retrieve items from the pallet racking system. Consider features like aisle width, accessibility for forklifts or other handling equipment, and the system's overall efficiency in picking and restocking operations.
  • Future Expansion: If you anticipate future growth or changes in your storage needs, consider the scalability of the pallet racking system. Look for options that allow for easy expansion or modification without requiring significant investment or disruption to your operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pallet racking system?

A pallet racking system is a very strong shelving unit used in warehouses and distribution centres to maximise space utilisation and streamline inventory management. It consists of upright frames, horizontal beams, and wire mesh decks, creating multiple storage levels for palletised goods.

Pallet racking systems are designed to safely store and organise heavy, palletised loads, making it easier to access and retrieve items when needed. With various configurations available, such as selective, drive-in, and push-back racking, businesses can choose the system that best suits their specific storage requirements.

Does pallet racking need to be bolted to the floor?

In the UK, pallet racking systems should indeed be anchored to the floor as a standard safety measure, particularly in environments where mechanical handling equipment operates or other forces may risk overturning the storage racks.

The guidelines specify that the racking and industrial shelving must be securely fixed to the floor where necessary, especially when forklift trucks, order pickers, or other mechanical handling equipment is in operation.

Additionally, the erection and securing of pallet racking are to be done per SEMA/FEM regulations, which mandate that the racking system be anchored to the floor by at least a single fixing bolt. It's crucial that the racking isn't fixed/anchored to the floor slab before all racks are properly aligned and levelled.

Furthermore, according to SEMA guidelines, pallet racking should be installed on a solid, stable base that provides adequate support and anchorage for the floor plate and fixings. In the case of double-entry racks with sufficient row spacers and a height-to-depth ratio of less than 6:1, only the perimeter uprights need to be floor-fixed.

These guidelines are in place to ensure the safety and stability of pallet racking systems, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Do pallet racks need decking?

Yes, pallet racks can benefit from having decking. Decking provides a solid platform for storing items on the racks, ensuring stability and preventing items from falling through the gaps. It also helps to distribute the weight evenly across the shelves, maximising the storage capacity of the racks.

Additionally, decking can improve safety by reducing the risk of accidents and injuries caused by items slipping or falling. Overall, investing in decking for your pallet racks is a wise choice to optimise your storage space and ensure the safety of your inventory.

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