In warehouses and industrial spaces, good space utilization is essential. There are many options for shelves that help make the most out of space while also being efficient in terms of how easy they are to use and get to. These shelves and racking systems are engineered to be especially sturdy, since they often need to hold very large, heavy, or odd shaped materials and products. What are the most common shelving types you will encounter in an industrial setting? Teardrop pallet racking, cantilever racks, and mezzanine shelving are all very common choices for shelving.
Teardrop pallet racking is a shelving design that uses pallets for storage. Pallets, sometimes known as skids, are flat, usually wooden flat transporting supports. They are usually used in conjunction with forklifts or front loaders, since they are too heavy and large to transport by themselves. Because the roll formed racks are manufactured with teardrop mounting shaped holes on upright column, they have earned the name teardrop pallet racking. Since the mounting clips can be moved to different heights with relative ease, teardrop pallet racking is ideal for warehouses that have a large variety of different sized products.
Cantilever racks are another choice for warehouse storage, and they are often found in places like lumber yards and plumbing supply warehouses. Cantilever racks are usually made out of structural steel which has been roll formed. The rack itself is comprised of a base, arms, a vertical column, and horizontal basing. The bracing if the rack is used to connect the columns.
Mezzanine shelving often looks like small buildings of shelves that go from the floor to the ceiling, and they are made out of multiple materials, including cast iron or wood. They are distinctive in appearance, and they can also be used to create an extra floor in high ceilinged buildings. In this case, the shelves are only above the ground, allowing the usable space to be doubled without adding to company overhead. Mezzanines allow floor spaced to be opened, or a maximization of storage space to be reached.