21 Feb What You Need to Know About Warehouse Racking Protection
If you are looking for a warehouse racking protection solution then you are pretty smart. Racking protection can really save you or your employees from doing a lot of damage not only to the products but to yourself or themselves. Some of the more popular posts we have on this site have to do with the ever-popular warehouse collapses. It is true that everyone treats a warehouse collapse like we think of car crashes. It is bad but it is hard to look away at the same time. Some of these accidents could be prevented with proper warehouse racking protection. Products that have to do with protecting racks can take the impact of a forklift without damaging the rack behind the protection solution. The fact that it can absorb the impact means that any possible damage is avoided and the rack stays relatively safe. Of course, you should always check your safety pins and safety clips that exist on the rack that was impacted. A rack can look like it held together just fine but does not mean that it is truly fine and without structural damage.
Of course, you should always check your safety pins and safety clips that exist on the rack that was impacted. A rack can look like it held together just fine but does not mean that it is truly fine and without structural damage.”
Once you decide whether or not you are going to have warehouse racking protection then you have to ask yourself another question. The question is if you want to give yourself the maximum amount of protection through the structure of the device being used to take the impact or would you rather have that item work in a way where you can stack the product on top of itself. Either way, it is a good thing to protect your racks just for safety reasons. The stackable versions of pallet rack protection tend to be cheaper than the more structural designed pallet rack protection. The reason is obvious. There is a lot more time and effort put into designing a product that will provide optimal safety for your rack as opposed to a regular old column guard. Column guards are the stackable version of pallet protection that you see pretty often on most people’s pallet racks. There is nothing wrong with going with column guards as having anything is better than nothing. If you are looking for superior protection you may want to go with a more robust solution, however.
“In fact, a lot of these are specially designed so that the impact is dissipated before it ever reaches the structural metal of the rack itself. If you want superior protection for your warehouse racking then you should highly consider one of these proprietary made racking protection solutions.”
Another question that you need to ask yourself is how many degrees of protection do you need around your pallet rack. Column guards are great at taking straight-on impacts on the pallet rack. However, an impact from a forklift may not be as simple as a front impact. You have to remember that forklifts lifting arms can and do go inside of pallet racks in order to pick up a pallet or skid. The area that lifts the pallet off of the pallet rack is inside of the rack. Anytime they are maneuvering to get inside of that rack is a point where they could make contact and cause a problem or failure in the structure. A lot of the non-stackable versions of pallet protection offer a little bit more of a robust solution as far as the angle of attack. For example, the RAMGuard pallet protection product we carry is shaped like a cylinder. The only reason it does not offer 360° of protection is that you have to be able to put the product on the pallet rack somehow. Therefore, there has to be an opening in the cylinder so it can fit around the pallet rack. Honestly, there are not many times when you will find an impact coming from within the pallet rack therefore that much protection, or 360° of protection, is not needed. Most of the angles of attack are covered so that you can have the protection that you should be getting from a solution.
Most of these non-column guard pallet protection solutions are well-designed. They do not need to be stacked in order to be effective to their maximum capabilities, unlike standard column guards. Many of these brands use a proprietary blend of rubber and metal inside of the warehouse racking protection in order to dampen the impact of a forklift contact. In fact, a lot of these are specially designed so that the impact is dissipated before it ever reaches the structural metal of the rack itself. If you want superior protection for your warehouse racking then you should highly consider one of these proprietary made racking protection solutions. They are better at protecting your rack than a single column guard would be if it was to be impacted.
If you are looking for top-of-the-line warehouse racking protection then have a look at this RAMguard rack protection product. If you just want to get stackable column guards then click that link there. If you have no idea which one you should get for your business then you can call us at 503-447-1284 and we would be happy to help you figure out which of these products is most appropriate for your business.