22 Jan Column Guards for Pallet Racking
If you have seen any of the, frankly, horrifying gifs of pallet racking falling after taking a hit from a forklift then you probably have a good idea of why a column guard is a good thing. A pallet rack that takes an impact from a forklift can give out and injure you, your employees, and/or destroy the forklift and products that were on the shelf. It could even destroy the products around it if the damage to the rack affects the surrounding racks.
The important thing to note is that any system will fail if the contact is hard enough. What you want is for the column guard to protect the rack system well enough until the user notices that there is a problem and corrects the action before damage is done. The ability of the column guard to do that action depends on how it is made. It is also heavily influenced by the factors surrounding the impact including the speed and force of the object that is contacting the column guard.
You can do so, if you desire to do so, with certain types of column guards. Many of the bolt-on versions of the column guard allow you to stack a few into their systems. Obviously, this increases your likelihood of surviving a contact because of the increased layers of protection available. The column guard or guards in this scenario will absorb more of the impact and, hopefully, will leave your pallet rack structurally sound and in its normal upright position.
Yes. You can find column guards like RAMGuard. It is not a bolt-on solution. It cannot be stacked but it is formed for impact protection. It has a specially made matrix of steel and rubber that makes it highly effective at taking impacts and leaving your pallet rack stable.
There is not a “best type” of pallet rack protection. Something is better than nothing since every situation is different. We do like the RAMGuard solution because of the well thought out planning as far as where they put the metal in the product and the way it interacts with the specially made impact absorbing rubber. The interplay between the two seems to give a pallet rack a good chance of surviving an accidental impact with a forklift or pallet jack.
In short, if you have pallet racks or industrial shelving/racks in your warehouse then you should have a column guard on your side to protect your people, you, and your inventory. People can become careless for a variety of reasons and you should be prepared for it if you can. Column guards can help you avoid expensive ligation, product loss, and replacing pallet racks when they get damaged.