How Do I Fix My Pallet Rack?
Pallet racks suffer a lot of abuse. With so many structural and moving parts, and so many people loading and unloading pallets all day, there’s a lot of room for error. Common occurrences, like unbalanced pallets, broken pallets, and overloaded beams can lead to issues with the frame and struts. On-the-ground damage from loading vehicles can occur on the rack’s anchors and uprights. If you’ve noticed some bumps and bruises on your pallet racks, there’s still hope. Fix them now before you end up having to replace your racks.
Identifying Column Damage
The first step in fixing a pallet rack is to identify the damage. Column damage is very common on the lower levels of pallet racks. The supporting columns are susceptible to damage from moving vehicles and structural deficiencies. You may notice bent or dinged columns, or dents in the corner deflectors. Generally, columns only need to be repaired if bent or warped beyond 1/2″. Stand-alone racks are more important to have repaired as soon as possible.
Next, look at the struts that run diagonally and horizontally across the pallet racks. If you notice any bends or dents greater than 1/2,” they will need to be repaired. Likewise, if you notice any missing braces or welds, you should repair the struts.
Check for anchor damage at the rack footplate. The footplate should be firmly bolted into the floor and straight. If you notice any missing bolts, or a footplate that is twisted at an angle greater than 1/2,” the footplate needs repair. Any missing anchors should be replaced immediately.
Lastly, damaged, missing, and improperly connected beams often occur because of overloading. If you notice any deformations or cracking, the beam must be unloaded and replaced with a new one. Beams that are damaged or improperly bolted at the connecting site can be repaired.
Repair or Replace?
Once you’ve determined the location and severity of the damage, you will either have to replace or repair the problem. For mild to moderate damage, you can purchase pallet rack repair systems. Some systems bolt directly into the holes in the rack and require no welding. They are used to reinforce the structural uprights and columns and act as a shield. Components that are more severely damaged will need to be replaced and re-anchored. The pallet rack will need to be unloaded, the new column welded in, and the foot plate bolted to the floor.
Contact Warehouse1 today to see if your pallet can be repaired.