26 Feb Custom Pallet Racks and Where to Get Them Done
“Another thing you may have noticed is that it is somewhat hard to find someone who is willing to make a custom piece for you. The truth is that only so many companies that have the personnel and equipment to do this for you.”
If you are looking to get custom pallet racks in your business then you need to consider a few things before you get them. Obviously, timing is one of the big issues. If you need them in a hurry then you might be out of luck because a lot of them take a while to generate. It is even true even if there is not a material shortage happening. There are times when steel is in short supply and you have to factor that into your purchase and the timing of that purchase as well. There are environmental factors that no one can control. It is because of these factors that waiting until the last minute to get everything set up is a bad idea. If you do wait then you might not be able to get the rack that you need in your business in a timely fashion that can help you. You should be looking ahead in case it ends up being 6 to 8 weeks or more. It is better to plan for it to be a long process instead. Otherwise, you could find yourself disappointed when it takes longer than you hoped it would. It will also cost you money.
Another thing you may have noticed is that it is somewhat hard to find someone who is willing to make a custom piece for you. The truth is that only so many companies that have the personnel and equipment to do this for you. In fact, those who do might even be hiding the fact that they can do the job unintentionally through bad website design or not being able to get the word out because of a lack of sophistication in their marketing as far as the internet is concerned. Many of the places will actually say that this job is called a “custom fabrication”. The term does not spell out right away that they can custom build a pallet rack for you. It can be confusing. If it is confusing to you then you will have to dig harder to find out if this is appropriate for your business and your custom pallet rack if you are not hardware/shop inclined.
“You are going to have to get a permit to use your rack in most locations which means that your custom rack is going to have to be developed with that in mind from the very beginning.”
Another question you should ask yourself is if there is another pallet rack type that can be considered close to what you want for your custom pallet rack. You will want to look for this because it can speed up the process of development, planning, and sometimes the fabrication of your rack. It is just like anything else where if you feed them something they can understand and already have or can make then they are much more likely to be able to produce that piece. If that is true then it can, probably, be done quickly and with fewer errors. It could be, out of all the pallet rack types, that you can already use one of the existing types. It might be that one of them only needs a few modifications to fit the purpose that you want this custom rack to fit.
The final thing to keep in mind is that you should have this done by a company that understands rack permit processes. You are going to have to get a permit to use your rack in most locations which means that your custom rack is going to have to be developed with that in mind from the very beginning. It also means that there are businesses that might be cheaper but they may not make your pallet rack up to code which will stop you from using it in your business. You are better off finding one of these companies who can help you through the permit process otherwise you will have to spend more money, time, and effort modifying your new rack to fit the standards of your local government’s rules.
If you need a custom pallet rack to be fabricated then we can handle that for you. You can read more about it on our custom fabrication page. If you have more questions or are ready to get the process started then call 503-447-1284.