Many of our racking systems are installed to replace existing units to either create more usable space or to replace racking that has become unstable due to poor design/excessive loading.
The racking system shown in the photographs demonstrates how important it is to get the design and specification right from the very start, the simple task of storing paper documents is no problem for general racking and shelving systems but the high density of paperwork being stored here creates high shelf loadings, causing the whole storage structure to become overloaded.
This example depicts a competitors racking solution that was capable of holding 400kg per shelf but their design team hadn't foreseen that all of the shelves were going to be used to the absolute maximum - resulting in major structural failure.
A ream of paper typically weighs 2.5kg, each shelf shown is carrying approximately 400kg in total, so being 6 shelves high each bay is carrying around 2.4 tonnes. The 7 bay racking that is nearly collapsing here is actually carrying nearly 17 tonnes of paper!
Make sure your racking is checked regularly and inspect closely for any damage paying close attention to the uprights and beams. If you need any help or advice give us a call – we don’t take chances!
We now offer a full Racking Inspection Service, contact us on 01993 779494 for more details.