Sometimes we are asked by our customers :How to identify my pallet rack is not being overloaded? Maybe they haven taken steps in the right direction by having load capacity per beam level labels placed on beams.But how do you know those capacities are correct? But how do you know those capacities are in the right scope?
Certainly new pallet rack system is not a major concern.Always there would be worries in the case of the existing racking system ,which might have been in use for long periods of time, which become tricky. It is the reason that changes could have been made to the formation after commonly and overtime use.Some components might have been replaced with new or used components. This is a common situation that can be found in most warehouses today.
A challenging factor in rating existing systems is in fact, the inconsistency in the specifications of racking components. For example a typical system consists of frames and beams; however this system could have a variety of sizes in frames and beams which in turn allow a variety of load capacities.
Another challenge is when changes are made to the configuration of the system. A common example would be taking out a beam level to accommodate a larger pallet. This simple change could result in a lower capacity rating for the remaining levels.
The use or wire decks, shelf panels or plywood also have an effect on the capacity rating.
In order to avoid thease challenges,It is best to always have up-to-date documentation for racking structures to make sure your system is not being overloaded.