How Much Will Your Racking Take? Pallet Racking Weight Limit Guide

Pallet Racking Weight Limits Guide | What Load will my Racking Take?

Pallet Racking Weight Limits Guide | What Load will my Racking Take?

What is my racking weight limit?

One of the most common questions posed in the storage equipment industry is 'What loading will my racking take?' One of the most common answers to this question is 'It depends.' Which is true. The capacity of your racking depends on a range of factors, which makes it impossible to give a ‘standard’ answer.

Most pallet racking systems are designed bespoke to the requirements of the user. Therefore the components of the system will vary significantly, meaning that no two systems are the same and that giving a definitive answer that covers Dexion racking systems, or any other manufacturer for that matter, can’t be done.

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In order to give you the weight limits of your specific racking we need to know a few details about the system:

1. What is the Bay Clear Entry?

What is the distance (in millimetres) between the insides of each upright – this must be measured from the front face of the rack i.e right to left along the width, NOT the depth.

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2. What is the racking beam section?

In other words, is it an open beam or a box beam? The box beam is a heavier duty beam than the open beam, so this is crucial to the strength of the entire racking system and the loading it can take.

3. Do you know the beam depth?

To measure the beam depth measure the distance across the top of the beam in millimetres. This is generally 40 or 50mm but may be different so be careful when measuring.

4. What about the face of the beam?

The depth of the beam face is also an important dimension when calculating the loading of your system. Whereas the beam depth is commonly 50mm, the beam face depth can vary significantly from 80 or 90mm to as much as 150mm. The deeper the beam face the heavier duty the beam and the more load it is likely to take.

5. How big are the racking frames?

It is important to know the dimensions of your racking frames. The measurement required is the Height (H) (mm) x Width (W) (mm) of the frames. For example, a the end frames may be 6000mm high x 900mm Wide. The width (or depth) of the frame can be measured as the front to back dimension of the rack.

6. What is the vertical beam pitch of your racking system?

The height of each storage level, measured from the floor to the top side of each beam. Beam pitches for Dexion pallet racking are 76.2mm (3 inches) for MK3 Speedlock or 50mm for Dexion P90, therefore beams can only be located at these intervals.

E.g. if you have 3 beam levels we need to know the exact heights of each beam. If the number of beam levels varies across your racking system, then the load criteria will also vary so please bear this in mind.

7. Frame Section (or upright duty)

The frame section indicates the duty of the upright. Different upright duties offer different strengths, therefore it is important to be clear on the load that your rack uprights can take before loading the racking to capacity. For Dexion P90 or Dexion MK3 the duty is stamped onto the steel all the way up each upright. This makes it easy to identify. For example, a heavy duty Dexion upright will have a ‘H’ stamped onto it, or a standard duty upright will have an ‘S’.

Other manufacturers may use the same method, or they may stamp the side profile of the upright.

Weight Limits

Further Useful Information
In order to provide you with the most accurate loading calculation it is recommended that you provide the following information:

Pallet Size:

  • UK Pallet (1200mm x 1000mm)
  • Euro Pallet (1200mm x 800mm)

Fully Loaded Pallet Details:

  • Dimensions (Height, Width, Depth)
  • Weight
  • Orientation

Type of Racking:

  • Standard Adjustable Pallet Racking
  • Narrow Aisle Racking
  • Drive In Racking

It is recommended that each rack is fitted with a load notice that clearly indicates the maximum loading of your racking.

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How To Keep Warehouse Workers Happy and Motivated

warehouse worker motivationWe’ve said it time and time again, one of the unifying traits of all successful warehouse operations is staff that are happy and motivated.

When staff are happier in their jobs, they are more likely to work harder, be more receptive to new ideas and ultimately, make your warehouse a better and more successful environment to work in.

And it’s not just money that employees are after; take a look at our top 5 tips for keeping your workers happy and motivated.

Keep Staff Involved in Company Decisions

When the wishes and opinions of your staff are at the heart of what you do, you create an environment where they can thrive. Before making decisions with internal management, consider consulting members of staff to collect their thoughts and ideas.

You may also consider holding quarterly or annual team meetings with the entire workforce, taking on board their opinions of the company and what they would like to see changed or improved. From this, set goals and targets with rewards for meeting them such as a team day out, bonus or gift.

Offer Flexible Working Hours

In warehouses, shift patterns can be long and unsociable; employees working the same shifts day in day out can soon become uninspired and unproductive.

Creating a flexible working hours programme can help staff become motivated again, with opportunities to work with new members of staff and a choice of different hours to suit their lifestyle. Offering these kinds of shifts can also reduce staff turnover rates and the need for temporary workers.

Take Safety Seriously

If an employee feels unsafe at work, they are naturally less likely to want to stay there. Promoting safe practices in the warehouse shows you care for your staff, whilst also motivating them to enjoy their working environment and keeping you compliant.

In addition to Health and Safety, taking steps to promote your staff’s health and well-being can have a serious impact on their productivity and desire to work, warehouses are very demanding environments after all. Here are a few things you can do to promote good general wellbeing amongst staff:

  • Create a modern and comfy ‘break-out’ space where workers can go and relax during lunch.
  • Discourage a ‘work until you drop’ culture, allow staff to take ample days off if they are injured or unwell.
  • Encourage regular breaks – particularly for those that are doing manual intensive tasks.
  • Encourage and promote fundraisers that members of staff have organised outside of work.
    Set up a walk or cycle to work scheme.
  • Hold quarterly or annual social events to bring together all members of staff.
  • Play music in the warehouse (when safe to do so).

Offer Further Training

 

Offering your staff further training not only benefits their personal and career development, but can also have a positive impact on your business. Giving these workers responsibility over a certain aspect of their job can be a real motivation booster, whilst also improving staff retention rates.

For example, rack safety awareness training which will help workers identify damage to racking systems, as well as take steps to prevent damage in future. This not only empowers workers, but also helps you extend the life of your racking and save money on repairs.

Positive Feedback

Without receiving any feedback or recognition, staff don’t really know how well they are doing. When achievements or hard work is not rewarded, productivity falls. Here are some schemes you can put in place to let your staff know that their achievements have not gone unnoticed:

  • Organise regular employee of the month/quarter/year competitions, offer a prize for the winning employee.
  • Have team/department leaders nominate the worker they feel went above and beyond each month/quarter/year.
  • Say ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ – sometimes sincere praise is better than any physical reward.
  • Highlight your employee's strengths and work to them, offering them the opportunity to work in a new department or take on a new role can do wonders for their motivation and productivity.
  • Organise regular 1 to 1’s between your staff and their senior members of staff – tell them what they are doing well, and how they can improve. This is also a good opportunity to gather their opinions on the company and how they are getting on.

Talk To The Experts

What steps do you take to keep your warehouse workers happy and motivated? We’d love to know.

If your staff are efficient but it’s your warehouse that’s holding you back – we can help. With a range of products including pallet racking, mezzanine floors and shelving solutions to help maximise space in your warehouse.

For more information, give one of our expert team a call today on 0117 955 5211 to discuss your individual requirements.

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Unit 2 Mead Court,
Cooper Road,
Thornbury,
BS35 3UW

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