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A pallet rack is a steel structure that is upright and consists of connectors and beams that are clipped, welded, or bolted together to create a shelving unit for storing equipment and inventory. Pallet racks are considered to be the essential component for providing a sturdy method in warehousing for locating and organizing stored materials. Read More…

Pallet Racks Pallet racks are storage systems composed of frames and beams designed specifically for the efficient loading, sorting and storing of palleted loads.
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North East, PA  |  866-479-7225

Ridg-U-Rak produces more than 100 million pounds of pallet rack, high density storage rack and specialized rack systems annually. A customer-centric, full-service pallet rack producer with over 400,000 square feet of production and warehouse space, Ridg-U-Rak offers engineering, design, project management and installation services that meet your pallet rack needs on time and on budget.

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Stevens Point, WI  |  800-826-0203

Steel King offers the industry’s widest selection of rack types, including roll-form and structural pallet racks, drive-in racks, gravity flow and push back storage systems, multi-level pick modules, automation integration, cantilever racks, portable racks, and custom shipping racks. Plus a full-line of guard rail and rack protection products. Full engineering staff and more than 200 standard Quick Ship products.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA  |  800-404-RACK

Quality Material Handling (QMH) is a leading total solutions provider for boltless shelving, warehouse racking, storage systems, mezzanines, and dock equipment. With over 29 years of experience and an in-house fabrication facility, QMH designs and manufactures innovative custom solutions such as dock platforms and ramps that solve difficult loading and unloading challenges. We are a full-service warehouse solutions provider committed to doing things the right way.

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Quality Material Handling, Inc. $$$

Taylor, MI  |  800-348-7225

UNIRAK Storage Systems manufactures and supplies high-quality storage racks and related equipment and accessories. We take pride in the fact that we’ve been providing consistent value to our customers for decades. We are centrally located and provide impeccable service. Don’t take our word for it- call UNIRAK Storage Systems today for your storage rack needs. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!

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Fredericksburg, VA  |  800-548-2839

Design Storage & Handling is a leading supplier for all of your forklift truck needs. We are your source for all types of side loaders, forklifts, side loading trucks, platform trucks, forklift trucks and compact side loaders. We offer factory-direct brands and excellent product support.

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Design Storage & Handling, Inc. $$$

Seguin, TX  |  800-516-0138

Proper Storage Systems has been the premier manufacturer of industrial roll-out shelving for over 26 years. Whether you are looking for basic roll-out shelving, injection mold and die storage or complete storage system solutions, our custom rack design and manufacturing capabilities will exceed your expectations.

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Pallet racks are configured and designed in a way that makes it possible to store any product type from tools and heavy machinery to clothing and food.

Pallet Racks

How Pallet Racks are Made

Upright Frame - The upright frame has vertical columns. These columns rest on the floor and they are extended to reach the top shelves. The vertical columns consist of multiple holes that are cut into them for the cross beams to be connected. The depth of the beam, together with the height of the pallet that is loaded, determines the height of the frame. These calculations are used to come up with the number of levels that can be put on the pallet rack.

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Cross Beams – Cross beams usually have two main uses. They are used for shelf support and to connect the frame. Cross beams consist of a connective bracket at both ends. These can attach the beam securely to the frame holes much more easily. Cross beams are responsible for bearing the weight of the pallets and they form the shelf platform.

Hiline Pallet Racking

Anchor Bolts – Anchor bolts serve the purpose of anchoring the feet of the upright frame of the pallet rack. For the anchor to be rightly placed, there are holes that are drilled to place the bolts and securely hold the pallet rack. Anchor bolts are used because they are an extra source of reinforcement and security.

Base Plate – The base plate anchors the racking system. It is welded to the bottom of the frame support and its width and size are made in such a way that the weight of the rack is evenly distributed.

Cross Bars – The use of cross bars is to increase safety and help in taking part of the load by the distribution of weight. They can be diagonal or horizontal and they prevent pallet rack failure. The construction and design of cross bars ensure stability and add support to the columns.

Rack Decking – Rack decking is a way of ensuring the safety of the pallet rack. They provide pallet support and a place for them to sit well. Rack decking has numerous advantages including the prevention of items from falling from pallets that are stacked poorly.

Types of Pallet Racks

Pallet racks are available in a wide variety of capacities, designs, and styles depending on the building capacity and the type of stored product.

Cantilever Pallet

Cantilever pallet racks are used to store cumbersome, bulky, and long items that are not feasible to be stored on traditional racks. The outstanding factor about cantilever racks is their weight capacity. The weight capacity varies concerning a specific product. Cantilever pallet racks are made by the use of arms and upright columns for the product to be secured. In between the storage bays, they have horizontal braces.

Selective Pallet Racking

This pallet system is very common because it is much easier to remove a pallet without affecting another one. Every pallet rack position is reachable independently with this system. Due to easy access, it is possible to see, load, and unload items.

Selective Pallet Racking

Counting and doing calculations is also made easier and more efficient during inventory since there is no need to remove anything from the pallet.


This racking system is most suitable for dense storage when there is little space available. Shelf trays are used to load pallets that ride on rails that are put and fitted in the frame. This will allow them to be pushed back when the shelf is being loaded.


These systems are designed for warehouses that have inventory that shifts constantly. The forklift is made to work inside the racks. There are no specific lanes between the rows. The forklift uses the same opening for entering and exiting. The drive-in/drive-through design is ideal for cold storage.

Other Systems

Other types of pallet racks include double-deep pallet racking for warehouses that require quick handling and have limited space and pallet-flow racking systems that make use of roller tracks to create a gravity flow lane allowing for easy movement of pallets.

Double Sided Cantilever Pallet Rack

Benefits of Pallet Racks

Pallet racks have numerous advantages that have made them essential in warehouses and storage engineering. Some of these benefits include:

  • Space optimization – Floor space is maximized by the use of space under the ceiling.
  • Bulk capacity - They are capable of storing bulk materials.
  • Inventory control- Items are easily contained in specific areas.
  • Customization – They are designed to meet specific needs.
  • Racking safety – Pallet racks are safe to work with and prevent harm to workers.

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