8 Important Pallet Racking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Investing in pallet racking will offer huge benefits for your business. But like any other form of storage system there are some important mistakes that can be avoided before, during and after they are installed. Here are 8 important pallet racking mistakes and how to avoid them.

  1. Using the wrong design

Picking the wrong pallet racking system for your warehouse will seriously impact the workflow efficiency. Every system offers different benefits and advantages based on the type of product and processes you use. If you are unsure which one to invest in, it pays to take advice from an expert company who can ensure you optimise your spend and get the most from your pallet racking.

  1. Lack of future proofing

When you purchase a pallet racking system you must also consider where the business may be in 5 to 10 years’ time. Your natural aim as a business is to grow and your racking system has to allow room for this to occur. By planning ahead you can accommodate your current needs, while also allowing for expansion plans that won’t limit your throughout or workflow.

  1. Poor structural planning

It’s vitally important you know the exact load requirements needed for your pallet racking system. Either over- or underestimating the load requirements can have a negative impact on the safety and cost implications involved. You should also take into consideration the width and height capabilities of any forklifts you own. If you cannot reach the pallet racking system to load and unload goods, it won’t be of much use to you.

  1. Equipment considerations

Check that the material handling equipment you currently own works with the pallet racking system you intend to purchase. It may mean not having to invest in any new equipment at all. However, if left unchecked, the new system could be installed and left unusable until you spend more money on updating your material handling equipment. Some pallet racking systems do require specialist machines so you should always ask this question at the beginning.

  1. Incorrect usage

Placing too much strain onto a pallet racking system will inevitably lead to it being damaged at some point. All staff members should be aware of its load capacity to avoid this happening. An easy way to do this is to display the load capacity on each shelf. You should also have the racking system audited on an annual basis to ensure the units are safe, not above load capacity, while also featuring clear signage.

  1. Incorrect reporting procedures

When damage is caused to one part of a pallet racking system, it can eventually lead to the entire unit becoming compromised. Staff should be aware of how to report any damage so it can be attended to quickly and efficiently. Regular inspections should also be carried out by a nominated member of staff to check for any damage. When it is spotted, repairs must be conducted right away. If this is not possible, the affected section has to be removed or cordoned off to keep staff safe.

  1. Installing the system yourself

Purchasing and installing a pallet racking system may seem straightforward and a great way to save money but you need to have a strong understanding of what it entails. Qualified installers undergo specific training to ensure the systems they install are structurally safe for anyone who uses it. Non-experts can easily miss a few small pieces of information that are vital to completing the installation safely and successfully. Not only can this be dangerous for staff, but also extremely costly if the system fails and damages good and the units themselves.

  1. Investing in used racking

While you can purchase strong and reliable used racking, you need to ensure the supplier is reputable and the system itself is up to the task at hand. Used racking is a good way to save money but you should find out more about its history and durability before making a purchase. A good supplier will not just let you buy anything. They will offer advice on the best system to use for your operations so your staff and goods remain safe at all times.

Richard Haynes has been in the industrial warehouse industry for many years. You can find him on <a rel="author"