Just like you’re expected to be the material handling knowledge expert for your customers, we want to help fill that role for you.
As a result, we’ve created this toolkit of resources for you to use. Remember that along with the handy guides, tools and learning resources below, valuable information shows up on our blog very frequently, so check back often
Most of the resources available here are in PDF format and available for download. Of course, we’re always happy to offer additional help if you have a question or a problem.
Interlake-Mecalux Beam Changes
Beginning on December 1st, 2014, Interlake-Mecalux is manufacturing their beams with a new punch-press formed connection in place of the riveted style they used in the past.
Below you can download a document providing complete information about this change, including capacity charts, endplate sizes and compatibility with different frame styles.
Material Handling Institute Knowledge Resources
The Material Handling Institute and the Rack Manufacturers Institute both have significant resources available for learning more about rack and other material handling systems and much of it is available online.
Check them out:
RMI Frequently Asked Questions
This link provides excellent information from the manufacturers themselves. Be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out the links in the gray bar for expanded details.
Another excellent resource, even though it’s a bit basic. I’ve started you out on the rack fundamentals page but be sure to explore the other areas as well. You can learn about everything from AS/RS to Industrial Robots. Be sure and check out the Glossary too. It’s a great resource if you run into something you’re not familiar with.
Seismic Design Categories
Designing Selective Rack Based on Pallet Sizes
This chart will help you quickly and easily identify the beam lengths and upright depths you need based on your customer’s pallet sizes. I included the 10 most common pallet sizes in the U.S.
3D Pallet Rack Identification Guide
There are a lot of different rack manufacturers out there and they all have their own idea of how a beam should connect to a frame. If you’re having trouble identifying a customer’s rack system, these videos should help.
Preliminary Design Help
Let’s face it, every so often everyone occasionally needs help with requests that you haven’t handled before or that you’ve done, but not often enough for it to stick in your brain. Having a cheat sheet for situations like this can make the job both faster and easier. To help you get there with requests for systems like cantilever, drive-in rack or pallet flow, you’ll find preliminary design request worksheets that you can download and use for a variety of material handling systems. Just click on the image to download our PDF “cheat sheet” for that system. Of course, I’m always happy to help with any questions or problems.
Wire Decks by Beam Length
This is a convenient chart to help you determine how many decks you need for each beam length and what sizes those decks should be.
Understanding the Height-to-Depth Ratio for Single Rows
As you know, there’s a surprising amount of math involved in something that seems as simple as pallet racking. While everyone in the industry understands that frame capacity is based on vertical beam spacing, the limits on frame height are less well known.
The Rack Manufacturer’s Institute standard is based upon a six-to-one ratio of height to depth for a single row of pallet rack. This requirement is in place as a safety measure to prevent the row from tipping over, even when anchored.
The height measurement is from the floor to the highest loaded beam level, not the frame height. For example, if you have 240″H x 42″D frames with a beam level at the top of the row, 240/42 gives us a ratio of 5.7 to 1, which is within the specification. However, if you have 288″H x 42″D frames, the highest beam level allowed in a single row is at 252″: 252/42 equals 6 to 1. Placing a beam level above that point may require with uprights oversize base plates, or tying off the single row to the wall, roof structure or cross-aisle to other rack. Each of these solutions add rack stability.
Note that this requirement isn’t tied to the frame or beam capacity at all and only applies to low-seismic areas. As always, rack that is subject to additional seismic forces require a detailed analysis by a qualified engineer.
Ridg-U-Rak and Interlake Frame Capacity Charts
As you know, frame capacity varies depending upon the unsupported vertical distance between the beam levels. Here in one handy place are the capacity charts for the Interlake and Ridg-U-Rak frames we stock.
For ease of use, you can also download them here.
More Capacity Downloads
While the charts shown above are helpful for the frames DAK stocks, we know that sometimes you need something we don’t carry and want information on it. For your convenience, you can use the links below to download complete capacity charts for all of Ridg-U-Rak’s teardrop and slotted frames and beams as well complete charts for Interlake Mecalux frames and beams.
DAK Knowledge News: Counting Requirements for Warehouse Racking
Figuring out how much of each piece of equipment you need can be overwhelming when you’re staring at empty space in a warehouse. While it may look daunting, there are some simple rules for getting accurate counts on basic selective rack projects. We took these rules and put them together into a single document for your use.
DAK Knowledge News: The Art of Uprights
When aiming to optimize storage and get material off the floor of the warehouse or distribution center, we all know that our material handling solution starts with the upright frame.
Uprights seem like a simple part of the plan—they provide the framework for the beam levels of our storage solution. However, understanding frames and how they help support our material is more complicated than simply being a place to hang our beams.
DAK Knowledge News: How to Select Pallet Rack Uprights
Choosing the right upright frames can seem like the easiest decision to make in designing a pallet storage solution. Simply make sure that the depth of the uprights works with the depth of your pallets and that you have enough height to store all the levels you want and you’re done, right?
Well, it’s not quite that simple.
DAK Knowledge News: How to Select Pallet Rack Beams (Part One)
Choosing beams for selective pallet rack might seem to be a simple decision, but there are many things that are often overlooked. Choosing the wrong beams or failing to identify a problem in the field can present a risk of property damage and serious or fatal injury.
DAK Knowledge News: How to Select Pallet Rack Beams (Part Two)
As we began discussing last issue, choosing beams for selective pallet rack might seem to be a simple decision, but there are many things that are often overlooked. We covered Ledge Loading and Uniformly Distributed Loads, now we’ll move on to beam deflection and load clearances.
DAK Knowledge News: All About Wire Decking
We all know and use wire decking in our material handling solutions to provide storage for cartons, drums, multiple pallet sizes or in situations where pallet supports just won’t work. In many cases, local fire marshals are beginning to crack down on the use of wooden planking which also leads to the use of wire decking. Improved visibility is also a plus.
OSHA Pocket Guide: Worker Safety Series on Warehousing
Covering everything from docks and forklifts to hazard communications and conveyors, it also includes a number of safety checklists that can be used to evaluate and improve the risks in your facility.
How to Select Basic Pallet Racking
Our two page, seven step list of the basics needed to design a selective rack system.
K3 Werks Product Brochure
This document provides an overview of our private line of material handling equipment.