You’ve invested in a customized storage system that perfectly suits the needs of your company and paid to have it installed. your company is starting to benefit from the improved efficiency that your new layout provides, and your material handling operations are running much more smoothly. However, you’re missing a key ingredient to your storage system: warehouse racking protection. The racks in your system are key to the continued success of your operations, so why wouldn’t you protect them?
These statements should prove that you need to implement pallet rack protection now:
1. The safety of your employees is of the upmost importance.
2. The products stored in your warehouse are essential to your business.
3. Your rack system is a significant investment.
All three of the above should ring true, and yet many facility managers do not install necessary pallet rack protection products - essential items that slow the rack wear and tear process, keeping employees safe and stored materials protected.
Pallet Rack Protection Recommendations
Rack protection products that can significantly improve the safety of your warehouse include:
Column guards: Damage to columns is most often the result of forklifts bumping into the rack. Column guards provide a buffer between the forklift and the rack, making the impact less severe and often preventing immediate rack failure.
End of row protection: While column guards shield individual columns from being struck directly by forklifts traveling through aisles, end-of-row protection defends against forklifts running directly into frames.
Down aisle protection: Forklifts traveling through warehouse aisles can run off-course into the rack. Down-aisle protection helps guide them through the system.
Frame extensions: Frame extensions are installed at the top of each frame to prevent materials stored on the top beam levels from falling.
Beam safety locks: Beam safety locks prevent beams from dislodging from the upright, and should be a standard feature on all rack uprights.
REB Storage Systems International can provide and install all of the rack protection mentioned in this article. We specialize in identifying areas where protection products should be incorporated and can provide you with a detailed list of these concerns.
For more information and to view photos of all of the pallet rack protection products mentioned in this article, visit our rack protection page.