Storage racks are a popular method of efficiently storing and organizing goods within an area in order to get the most effective use of available floor space as well as allowing for ease of accessibility to products and materials.
Rack manufacturers can construct their racks to hold many different types of materials such as long carpet rolls, tubing, lumber, furniture, automotive bodies, palleted loads or boxed goods. They are available in many different dimensions and designs. Rack manufacturers design cantilever racks for the storage of long or oversized products such as piping or sheet metal.
The horizontal arms of a cantilever rack extend from a vertical support with any obstructing supporting at the end, allowing for ease of loading and unloading of unwieldy goods. Rolling racks use the addition of rollers in the horizontal arm components of a racking system to help with moving heavy loads. Other types of racks might be slightly inclined or use push back or pull-forward methods to improve the efficiency with which products are moved and stored.
Some specialized warehouse racking systems can have added features such as automated conveyor or lifting systems, rack accessories such as wheels or guard rails and other customizations such as wire mesh or coatings and finishings. Many racks can also be adjusted in terms of components in order to fit specific products or areas. Extension arms, vertical beams and braces can often be added to increase the structural load capability.
Rack manufacturers have to take into account both the materials with which the racks will be used as well as the location and intended length of use for the racking system. Typically metals such as steel and aluminum are used to construct industrial storage racks as they are strong and durable. The frames and bearing arms of storage racks are typically bolted or welded together for the most secure load-bearing capability.
For many applications, the storage rack will have to endure a heavy load and therefore needs to be able to withstand that load for extended periods of time. Careful design and assembly of storage systems is important to ensure the safety of personnel within the storage area as well as the protection of goods from possible structure failure. Overloading or misuse of the storage rack could have disastrous results and rack manufacturers need to take every precaution to avoid this.