Selective Pallet Racking

Selective pallet racking is the most common type of pallet racking. The greatest accessibility to all stored items is provided by the selective pallet racking system. This is an excellent advantage if the facility requires frequent restocking of depleting items. This system is generally found in cold storage facilities, retail centers and wholesale markets. High Density Inc. has many selective pallet racking systems for you to choose from.

Selective pallet racking systems can provide easy and prompt accessibility to the products all the time. This is very important especially if the inventory needs to be replaced and restocked repeatedly, or if the facility has a quick turnover. The selective pallet racking system is most commonly used in a distribution application known as “big box”. This racking system is also very commonly found in retail stores for stocking inventory, cold storage rooms and also in whole sale stores.

Components of the selective pallet racking system:

The selective pallet racking system has the following components:

1.    Load beams:

The load beams are also known as step beams and box beams.

Step beams: step beams are load beams that consist if a step which is 1⅝” along the inside edge on the top. This step functions to hold any load support components like pallet supports and wire decks as well.

Box beams: load beams that are known as box beams do not consist of an inside edge step. They usually have four sides that are flat like a box. Box beams generally load onto upright frame columns with the help of hooks or integral rivets. Some box beam systems use extra clips or bolts to lock the beams in place to the upright.

2. Structural beams:

These are also types of load beams that are shaped like a C that consist of connecting clips on both sides. These beams can be used with structural and also standard roll formed uprights. These beams also offer heavy weight capacities as compared to step and box beams.

3. Upright frames:

The upright frames are also known as upright columns or simply as uprights. These vary in design and size and depend upon the load requirement, and styles. The upright frames consist of slots or holes that are punched during their manufacturing throughout the length of the column at standard levels. These holes or slots are present on the uprights so that the load beams can easily mount into the upright column. Structural C shaped upright frames can also be constructed. The C shaped uprights have a better load bearing capacity as compared to the standard roll formed uprights.

Other components include:

  • Pallet supports
  • Diagonal braces and horizontal braces
  • Footplates
  • Wire decking
  • Shims
  • Wall ties
  • Column protectors
  • Row spacers
  • Guard rails

A facility can also have structural pallet racking done, in which the pallet racking is actually designed into the structure of the building. In such a system the upright columns are able to provide support to the storage facility’s roof. In this case, the pallet rack uprights actually replace the vertical supports of the building. This then becomes a rack supported building.