Pallet racking is considered to be the most efficient and effective storage solution for warehouses. When optimized it can it can increase storage space and enhance warehouse productivity. Pallet racks are carefully designed to fulfil and meet the specific requirements of their specific applications. However, it is not always a smooth sailing process and there are mistakes that are associated with pallet racking. Here are some common mistakes with pallet racking and also how to avoid them happening.
- Climbing pallet racking- Most warehouses or storage facilities have pallet racking systems that have been installed in such a way that storage items are out of arms reach. This often poses an inconvenience and the quickest solution is normally to climb the racking system. However, this could cause serious injuries and cause damage to the racking system as well as to the stock. Climbing pallet racking can be avoided by affording employees proper training on how to reach for items that are not in arms reach. This training should include the objects staff can use if ever they need to reach for something that is stored too high. Consequences and disciplinary measures should also be enforced to avoid such behavior with pallet racking systems.
- Improper use and overloading- Racking systems have been designed with proper consideration regarding load capacity. Overloading on racking systems could cause serious damage to the frame of the system and eventually result in racking collapse. All staff in warehouses and storage facilities should be made aware of the load capacity of the racking system. Overloading and improper use of racking systems could be avoided by storing the heaviest loads right at the bottom towards the back of each shelf. This will ensure that the heavy loads do not affect the system negatively from the top causing it to collapse.
- Overlooking racking damage- Racking systems undergo a lot of abuse in warehouses and storage facilities; forklifts bumping into them, overloading and many other types. This often leads to damage in the systems which decreases their durability and overall lifespan. When damage to racking is noticed, it should be reported immediately so that it can be scheduled for repairs in order to avoid any further damage. To avoid racking damage in warehouses, forklift drivers need to be given training on how to utilize the warehouse space effectively and reducing speeds, other staff should also be trained on how to appropriately load storage items onto the racks and how to keep the warehouse clutter free.
- Impulsively purchasing used racking- It goes without saying that used racking systems are cheaper than brand new racking systems. They are also very easily obtainable as warehouses are always selling their used racking systems when they upgrade to newer ones. Purchasing these used racking systems can cause many problems. Many times, the wear and tear of the systems are not visible on the outside, but are present internally in the form of corrosion and rust. Secondly, these used systems may not be suitable for your loads by design and structure. All of this could lead to you spending more money on repairs and structural changes. It is therefore advised to ask for thorough inspection before buying as well as assuring that your loads are appropriate for these racking systems. Alternatively, the best decision to make would be to buy brand new custom-made racking systems for your warehouse.
- Estimating load requirements- Estimating load requirements instead of calculating them could have a very negative impact such as; Overestimating which results in you spending more on racking that you do not even need; Underestimating could lead to you having to overload racking systems which could cause it to collapse, or having to pay additional money for another system which you probably did not budget for. The safer route is definitely to calculate your load sizes correctly so that you know exactly which racking system would provide sufficient space.