Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

November 21, 2017

Advantages of Bolted Upright Pallet Racking

Bolted Frame Bracing

North American material handling professionals have pretty much always accepted that welded pallet rack uprights are superior to bolted while our colleagues in the rest of the world have been building their frames with nuts and bolts for decades. Which is best? Let’s find out.

Bolted BridgeBolted structures are everywhere in both our personal and professional lives. From the buildings we live or work in to the bridges we drive over and the mezzanines and cantilever systems we install in our warehouses. So why are welded frames preferred?

One of the big reasons is that almost every rack manufacturer in the U.S. produces only welded rack, so it’s easier to get than bolted and the manufacturers have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

With that said, bolted uprights do have several advantages over welded:

  • Less Expensive: While the manufacture of the major components is pretty much the same between welded and bolted uprights, welding adds more labor and thus more cost.
  • Easier to Repair: With bolted frames, you can replace just the damaged column or strut but welded frames require custom repairs or replacement. Additionally, a bolted connection is easy to see, test and replace where a weld covered by paint may or may not be structurally sound after an impact to the upright.
  • Cheaper to Ship: Welded frames take up as much room as needed on the truck while bolted can be shipped knocked-down and assembled at the destination. This can make the difference between one truck or two (or more).
  • More Flexible: If you need a custom height, welded rack can be cut down, but involves cutting out a horizontal and possibly a diagonal brace, cutting down the columns and then re-welding the bracing. There are also limitations on what’s possible. Customizing bolted uprights involves cutting down the columns and adjusting the bracing as the frame is assembled, which is a lot easier and as a result, cheaper too.
  • Better for Seismic Applications: Like the buildings and bridges mentioned above, bolted frames can flex and give when the earth moves, while welded structures are rigid and can break.

bolt and lock nutMany people who aren’t familiar with bolted uprights think that the bolts loosen over time and need to be tightened back down occasionally. As you can see to the right, our K3 Werks frames are assembled with a serrated lock nut and once tightened down prior to shipment or the installer if shipped knocked-down, they are locked in place.

As you may be aware, DAK Equipment only stocks equipment from RMI certified manufacturers so you can be confident that you’re getting racking that’s been tested and meets all the current standards, whether the uprights are bolted or welded.

So which is best, bolted or welded? Well, that depends on your preferences but we think you’ll agree, a lot of the misconceptions about bolted rack just aren’t true.

If you’d like to learn more about our K3 Werks bolted uprights or have questions this post didn’t answer, please feel free to get in touch.

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April 02, 2016

Deadly Pallet Rack Shelving Collapse Provides Lessons for All Warehouse Workers

There was a tragic story in the news recently involving a pallet rack shelving collapse in Manassas, VA recently. The accident took the life of one worker and seriously injured six others in an incident at the end of March. While investigators are still determining the cause of the rack, one eyewitness said that “the support system for the beams started crushing, it started buckling and a domino effect all the way down the aisle” occurred. This situation is every warehouse’s worst nightmare and a good reminder to practice pallet rack shelving safety.

Your pallet racks may seem like sturdy, indestructible things when you first have them installed. However, they can be damaged or used incorrectly and have their structural integrity damaged, putting you and your workers at risk of injury or even death. A pallet rack shelving collapse is no joke. Here are some things you can do to ensure your pallet racks are as safe as possible:

  • Have it installed by a professional. Choose a company who is experienced in the installation and maintenance of pallet rack systems so you can be sure that they’ve been installed correctly.
  • Have your pallet racks inspected regularly. Along with annual safety inspections, make it a habit to perform weekly or even bi-weekly inspections of your pallet racks to identify potential issues.
  • Report damaged pallet racks immediately. Urge workers to report damage they see done to the pallet racks as soon as possible. Accidents with forklifts are a major cause of pallet rack collapse and should be reported right away.
  • Get repairs done immediately. Don’t delay having repairs done to your pallet rack shelving. It might seem like something that can wait or you might be concerned about taking the money out of your budget, but a pallet rack collapse will be much, much costlier.
  • Have repairs done by a pro. Unless you actually know what you are doing when it comes to pallet rack shelving repairs, it’s better to hire a professional who can do it for you.
  • Go over pallet rack safety training often. Even if you have a team who has been around for years, refresh their memories and drill home the safety of pallet rack safety. This can help them avoid accidents and injuries.

It’s important to put safety first when it comes to your warehouse. While accidents happen and mistakes are going to be made, being as proactive as possible about the safety of your working environment, your pallet racks, and your team can help you avoid major catastrophes. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team would love to help you in any way we can. We offer installation services, repair services, and inspection services for warehouses across the country. Get in touch with our team today and let’s talk about what we can do to help you stay safe. You can call us or contact us through our website to reach a member of our team.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Manassas as they deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.

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March 25, 2016

Get the Chicago Pallet Racks & Other Warehouse Supplies You Need Fast

If your business is like a lot of Chicago businesses, things move pretty quickly. That means your warehouse needs to keep up with everything that is happening. Sometimes that means you need new equipment in your warehouse and you need it fast. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help! We have tons of great pallet racks, industrial shelves, wire racks and other warehouse supplies in stock and ready to ship to your location right away.

DAK Equipment has been in business for a long time and we’ve learned over these decades that our customers often need their new pallet racks or other warehouse supplies in a flash. Maybe you are getting a huge order in or have a huge new client that needs your help. If you can’t meet the needs of your customers, you won’t be in business for long. That goes for our business, too, which is why we’re always looking for ways to meet our customer’s needs and get them the equipment they need at a fair price.

Give DAK Equipment & Engineering a call today. We’d love to talk to you about the pallet rack needs you have for your warehouse. If you need those items delivered right away, we can help with that, too. Every member of our team is dedicated to helping you get everything you need so your business can move as fast as necessary. You can reach us over the phone or through our website to speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable team members.

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