When selling pallet racking, you must know how to customize pallet racking for your customer’s application. To do this, first acquire the product’s size, weight, and specific dimensions to build the storage system around that product. 

Every product is different, and different warehouse types may have heavier product flow, space constraints, and other variables that influence the type of racking you should suggest. 

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What to Consider When Choosing Custom Pallet Racking For Your Customer

Number 1

Product Dimensions

The dimensions of the pallet loads determine what pallet rack component sizes you need. Start by taking a loaded pallet’s width, depth, height, and weight. 

Number 2

Product Type

Product type plays into the facility’s daily flow and which pallet rack system you should suggest. Perishable goods, for example, may require a FIFO system to ensure pallets don’t sit in the system long enough to expire. Kegs will need a specific keg storage system, and so on.

Number 3

Warehouse Flow

Consider the warehouse flow when choosing pallet racking. Manufacturing warehouses, for example, typically require constant rotation of raw materials and finished goods. If your customer’s warehouse is busy and requires frequent moving, a flow system may be an excellent choice to help optimize operations.  

Number 4

Warehouse Space

Consider available storage space when selecting pallet racking. Smaller facilities may benefit from high-density storage, narrow aisles, or taller storage systems. There are various ways to save space in the warehouse with different storage options.

How to Order Custom Pallet Racking

Once you have answers to the four considerations above, you’re ready to order pallet racking and design the rack structure.

Choose pallet rack upright frames that are slightly narrower than the depth of the pallet. Properly loaded pallets should overhang each beam by 3 inches. Frames must be capacity rated to hold loaded pallets safely.

Purchase beams in sets of two (two beams make up a beam level). Pallet rack beams must have a high enough beam capacity to hold the product. 

When choosing beam length, carefully measure the pallets. There must be 5″ between the outer side of the pallet and the upright and at least 6″ of extra space between pallets on a beam level. Leave at least 4″ between the top of the load and the bottom of the next beam level.

Other Rack Customization Options

There are other ways to customize pallet storage systems. Some manufacturers provide different color options that can be specially ordered in manufacturing.

Rack accessories like wire decking, pallet supports, rack backing, column protectors, and more can increase capacity and bolster overall stability.

Get Help Customizing Pallet Racking

Need help customizing pallet racking for your customer’s application? Our Dealer toolbox has resources to help you make suitable product suggestions. Choose from several RFQ forms, find how-to-order instructions, and visit our pallet rack identifier for help. 

As always, our goal is to help you. Call 888-578-1579 for additional help or information, and build a quote online today!