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Pallet rack repair is a necessary option when racks show a lack of structural integrity. This can happen when upright posts have been hit, even at slow speeds by a forklift or other equipment. When they haven’t incurred enough damage to require replacement, repair is a safe and viable option. Whether your operation is a warehouse, a manufacturing facility, a retail storage facility, a distribution center, food and beverage operation, automotive, or a records storage business, pallet rack issues can be critically problematic. Problems are easy to overlook whether you’re in a large industrial building or are a smaller business with only a few employees. Safety costs can be proportionally large regardless of how focused you and your employees are. Unsafe and unstable racks that have been damaged can mean huge costs in terms of safety risk and devastating losses due to product damage or even worse, injury to personnel . Even products on nearby racks can be affected by rack ‘crashes’ and can result in a domino effect. Aside from initial damage, clean-up is a fiasco requiring manpower and replacement of racks as well as products. A common problem is when lower portions of posts are exposed to damage by moving equipment. Even a somewhat mild hit can result in extensive damage over the long-term. Once the columns or posts are no longer completely straight, their ability to continually hold heavy loads is compromised. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.11" custom_margin="0px||0px|" custom_padding="0px||0px|"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Pallet Rack Repair Protects Against Future Failures Or Collapses" _builder_version="3.11"]
Pallet Rack Repair Protects Against Future Failures Or Collapses[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label="Collapsed Racking Image" _builder_version="3.11" src="images/blog/2018/08/Collapsed-Rack.jpg" align="center" /][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11" custom_margin="0px||0px|" custom_padding="0px||0px|"] Pallet rack repair kits provide the necessary parts to fix sections of a column. Installation can be provided as a service by a trained specialist. It’s a service where you may or may not need to remove product on the rack or in the general vicinity. In most cases you don’t need to. Initial steps in the repair process:
- The damaged area is measured.
- The column above the damaged area is supported using specialized equipment.
- The damaged area is removed.
- The installation kit is put in place.
Benefits Of Pallet Rack Repair[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label="Before & After Image" _builder_version="3.11" src="images/blog/2018/08/before-and-after.jpg" align="center" /][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11" custom_margin="||0px|" custom_padding="5px||0px|"] You’ll lower safety related costs. The potential for safety issues is huge in terms of insurance, lost productivity, product loss and worker injury. Consequences can be much greater than simply an uneven rack. Pallet racks have been known to collapse and cause shifts in goods distribution. This can result in people getting hurt and equipment getting damaged. Even customer retention can be affected when these types of incidents occur, interrupting workflow. Ensure your budget is under control by putting safety measures in place now. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Pallet Rack Repair Versus Replacement" _builder_version="3.11" custom_padding="5px||0px|" custom_margin="||0px|"]
Pallet Rack Repair Versus ReplacementSometimes replacement is necessary. But when it isn’t, there are advantages to merely repairing. Pallet rack repair gives you a strong, stable, and reliable option you can depend on. It’s a smart option, not just a less expensive one.
- Less workforce hours to unload and reload products
- Same kit can be used on similar damages
- More cost effective than replacing whole sections
- Maintain current workflow
- Results in a reliable structure
How To Know When Your Pallet Racking Is In Need Of RepairA scheduled maintenance program is in your operation’s best interests. Learn what to look for and have a system in place to report any damage that needs attention/repair. Do regular inspections of beams and racks. Don’t wait for something to look ‘off’ or for the pallet racking to begin tilting. Be thorough when looking for potential problems. Questionable racks may require you to unload a rack immediately to prevent further damage. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label="Bent Beam Image" _builder_version="3.11" src="images/blog/2018/08/Damaged-Beam.jpg" align="center" /][et_pb_text admin_label="Various things to look for" _builder_version="3.11" custom_margin="||0px|" custom_padding="||0px|"] Various things to look for:
- Rust or corrosion
- Bent or damaged uprights and beams
- Disjointed attachments
- Overloaded or uneven distribution of goods (may indicate an upcoming problem)
- Slanted or misaligned beams and racks
- Situations with significant damage of the rack
- Many areas of damage to one rack, including at various heights
- Faulty racks with mismatched parts
Rack Repair Kit Features:
- Can be bolted or welded
- Integrated impact protection
- Reinforced post sections
- Seismic footplates are standard
- Can be configured with most beam types
- Impact and twist resistance with optional footplate
- Manufactured with heavy duty steel to maintain structural integrity
- Standard or color match paint.
How To Maintain Your Current And Newly Repaired Racks
- Develop a system for proper racking. Train employees on proper racking by capacity and style.
- Invest in rack protection. Use rack guards and column protectors to protect your pallet racking systems. Make sure employees are properly trained and follow forklift safety and speed limits.
- Maintain rack visibility with clear aisles and proper stacking. Make sure lighting is optimal and use mirrors where it makes sense to do so.
- Encourage the use of incident reports. Maintain an open environment where communication is encouraged. If employees don’t acknowledge that they’ve hit a rack, it’s hard to know when to take repair action.
- Discover and implement loading tolerances for specific racks. Train drivers to load and balance goods properly. Do regular inspections so this habit is reinforced.
- Maintain clean and clear aisles for visibility. Give forklift drivers ample room for maneuvering between racks. Make sure employees aren’t allowed to leave random boxes or other clutter in aisles. If forklift drivers have to drive anywhere but in the center of the aisle, there could be problems.