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Why would I use Cantilever Racking?

Article added Tuesday December 25th, 2012

You will probably be familiar with a number of different uses of cantilevers in construction projects. Think of cantilever bridges, for example. Bridges like the Forth Railway Bridge, just outside Edinburgh in Scotland, are capable of coping with very large load bearing requirements and surely prove to us the viability of cantilever construction.

The good news is that cantilever construction principles can also be employed in planning your warehouse storage. Cantilever racking is an immensely versatile form of storage that really comes into its own when you want to store lengthy materials whilst being able to access them easily. Think of awkward to handle goods such as steel tubing, lengths of timber, or lengths of copper tubing, and you will get the idea.

So why is cantilever racking suitable for this type of warehouse storage application? To answer that question you need to understand how cantilever racking is constructed.

Manufactured in extremely strong steel beams, in order to provide maximum strength, cantilever racking has a series of upright supports which are located at the back of the installation and are connected to one another by bracing pieces. The arms of the cantilever installation project from the uprights, and support the materials being stored, and the installation has a base. In most cases best practice would suggest that the base should be fixed to the ground, but this is not always necessary.

The shorter the space between the bracing pieces, the stronger the installation will be, and the higher the racking can go without endangering safety.

Whereas the upright ends in a pallet racking installation sectionalise the storage space, in cantilever racking there are no upright end sections, so the storage space is uninterrupted. This is what makes the system suitable for the storage of lengthy goods. There are no obstacles to get in the way when your warehouse plant is loading and unloading.

Loading and unloading of cantilever racking can be done using either standard or side loading fork trucks, but if you can use side loading equipment you are possibly more likely to obtain the maximum economic benefit from your warehouse by minimising aisle widths.

The great thing about cantilever racking is its flexibility. It can be installed in the configuration that best fits your situation, thus facilitating the most economic use of your precious warehouse space. Your cantilever racking installation can be single sided or double sided, and further scope for adaptation lies in the fact that the arms can be either fixed or variable, according to your requirements. When installed and used correctly, and maintained in a systematic and responsible way, cantilever racking is also very safe.

Here at Pallet Racking Systems, Willenhall WV12 4LH, we are experts in the supply, installation and maintenance of cantilever racking – and other types of warehouse storage racking. If you are looking to equip your warehouse and at the same time maximise efficiency, safety and economy, why not contact us today?

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