How to correctly measure your pallet racking

Correctly measuring to fulfil your pallet racking requirements can ensure that you get the products you need and will also make getting quotes much easier and less time-consuming.

When choosing your residential shelving Ireland has a good range of companies who can match your existing domestic design or you may well want pallet racking to match an installation that is already in place. If this is the case, ensure that you identify the manufacturer of your current racking installation and consider taking a photograph of the beam which connects to the upright. This can be useful as all manufacturers have different racking safety pins and beam connectors. Correctly measuring to fulfil your pallet racking requirements can ensure that you get the products you need and will also make getting quotes much easier and less time-consuming.

Knowing the manufacturer of your racking can be beneficial for many reasons, such as knowing how the clear entry, bay width or beam width is measured, as these are calculated differently by different manufacturers.

Experts such as these rackzone.ie/shelving/industrial-residential-shelving will have vast knowledge in manufacturer’s measuring techniques, as well as helping you to understand how a beam clear entry is determined primarily by pallet size.

Understanding beams

Pallet racking beams are often designed to allow them to cope with varying loads. In order to make this possible, you should be able to specify your needs correctly to allow for the determination of the right specification for a beam. This will be based on Safe Working Load (SWL) or Universally Distributed Load (UDL) considerations. The concept of a Safe Working Load is explained at https://hsewatch.com/safe-working-load.

You may be asked to clarify the beam duty and this is done by measuring the depth and height of a beam. You might also have to say if it is an open section beam or a box section beam – which is basically if you can see a gap at the bottom of a beam.

Frame depth and height

Your racking beams will need to match your frames. Once again, some manufacturers measure the height and depth of frames differently to others and use different increments for height, although 50mm and 75mm are the most commonplace. Some manufacturers measure the height and depth of frames differently to others and use different increments for height, although 50mm and 75mm are the most commonplace.

In general, measure the frame height from the base plate’s top to the frame’s top. The depth you need will be based on pallets you are using, as well as Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association guidelines. Racking depth is usually between 450mm and 1500mm with 1100mm and 900mm being the most common.

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