Cantilever racking is a storage system which is especially useful for storing awkward to handle products such as lengths of timber, steel tubing or lengths of drain pipe. It can also be used for storing odd shaped items such as furniture.
Cantilevers are a racking type where beams are anchored at only one end. The clear space underneath the beam and no supporting columns makes it an eminently flexible storage system.
Cantilevers in Construction
Before we start on the subject of cantilever racking in warehouses, appreciating how it is used in major construction projects can help understand why it is so useful in a warehouse.
You will probably be familiar with some of the construction projects where cantilevers have been used. Think 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.
Another example is the roof over the stands at Old Trafford, built so that the fans can enjoy an unfettered view of the pitch – without roof supports blocking the view.
Cantilever Racks for Warehouse Storage
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 products whilst being able to access them easily.
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. The installation also has a base which best practice would suggest 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 long goods. There are no obstacles to get in the way when your warehouse plant is loading and unloading.
Loading and Unloading Cantilever Racking
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, helping you make the most economic use of your precious warehouse space.
Single- & Double-Sided Cantilever Racks
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.
Safety Aspects of Cantilever Racking
When installed and used correctly, and maintained in a systematic and responsible way, cantilever racking is also very safe.
Contact the Experts
Here at Pallet Racking Systems, 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?