Which pallet racking system is the best for you?

What is a pallet racking system?

A pallet racking system is the storage of palletised materials. They are built to work in multiple levels and horizontal rows, maximizing the use of the available spaces. Designed for easy access and high levels of organisation, they are built from 2 components, being them frames and beams.

Pallet racking is very helpful in terms of improving the efficiency of a warehouse and helping increase their space and storage – which are their most common uses. At Teepee, we offer a great range of pallet racking systems, so to help you decide which one is the best option for your case, we have pulled some information below.

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What are the Pallet Racking System benefits?

Pallet racking can offer many benefits, but the most important are:

Space-saving – Utilises the available vertical space of the warehouse, maximising the storage capacity.

Adjustable at any point to best suit your needs – Extend or reconfigure at any time by adding new parts.

Easy to access and practical – Organise your goods, while keeping them and your staff safe from accidents.

Cost-effective – No need to rent a bigger place or build anything by utilising the available space in your warehouse. They also are very durable and easy to repair.

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Which racking system is the best for you?

There are a few factors to consider when thinking about adding a pallet racking system to your business. They include your floor capacity in the warehouse, and the floor ceiling height, for example.

Depending on the aspects of your warehouse, you can then consider your business’s requirements and budget. There are a few pallet racking systems you can choose from, these include:

Wide Aisle – Versatile and cost-effective, the wide aisles are built to store palletised loads in single or double runs that are separated by wide aisles, permitting trucks to operate within. They are built for quick access to stock and can be modified to adapt height at any time.

Multi-tier – Made for hand-load picking systems, the multi-tier systems can have single or multiple level walkaways between shelves. This kind of racking system is excellent for online retailers with small products with thousands of different SKUs.

Push Back – Specially designed for gravity roll track, the push back racking works in a FILE (first in, last out) system, being able to store up to 10 pallets deep. They are excellent for SKUs that need to be stored in large quantities without the need of moving other pallets.

Pallet Live – Opposite to Push back system, the Pallet live racking is a FIFO (first-in, first-out) system. In this case, the pallets are controlled by brake rollers to keep the travelling speed moderate.

Drive-in & Drive-through – Last-in, first-out (LIFO) and first-in, first-out (FIFO) systems respectively, the drive-in & drive-out systems are supported by rails and are accessible by trucks.

Double Deep – A standard pallet racking system but made to fit 2 pallets in a row using the FILO principle. This kind of racking system is ideal for multiple pallets storages and requires efficient stock control.

Very Narrow Aisle – VNA is a great solution to optimise available space as each aisle varies from 1.5 to 2.0 metres, maximizing the height of warehouses. They require trucks as well as guide rails. They are recommended for high stock and small floor areas (but with a high ceiling).

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the different pallet racking systems we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We also offer a great range of other warehouse solutions as well as SEMA approved racking training.



How to Prepare for The Installation of Pallet Racking System

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Are you looking to install a pallet racking system in your warehouse, unit or factory? Not only do Teepee provide the design, supply and installation for racking systems but in this article, we discuss the ways in which you can prepare for the installation.

Analysing the layout

Before you start planning for a pallet racking installation you will need to analyse every aspect of your warehouse. This will allow you to assess the effectiveness of your warehouse currently and understand where your problems lie, in order to be able to fix them.

Firstly, you will need to split the premise up and create a layout that works for you. It is essential that you take into consideration the everyday operations that take place within each area of the business and create a strategic organisation plan. This can help improve warehouse efficiency as well as help to create space.

You should utilise all of the space available in your warehouse when looking at the layout of your pallet racking system. You should also look at reducing the handling of products, the positioning of products/ pallets and creating an easy access storage system.

Teepee can help with the design of your pallet racking system. Call us today on 01384 256 969 to discuss your requirements.

Managing stock levels

The most important task is managing your stock levels, especially if your goods are perishable, as the correct amount of stock will ensure there is no waste or no pallets are being used up with unnecessary stock.

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Why install a pallet racking system?

As we all know, there is far more that needs to be taken into consideration than ensuring that your products are sent out to your customers and also, received on time when it comes to the efficiency of your warehouse. What it all boils down to is the organisation of your products and mainly, your warehouse. Warehouse organisation can be achieved through pallet racking systems; pallet racking or cantilever racking, depending on your product offering.

Contact Teepee today to discuss your requirements and receive a quote for the installation of a pallet racking system by calling us on 01384 256 969 or filling out our online contact form.



The Benefits of a Pallet Racking System

Pallet racking is a storage system that offers many benefits within warehouses. In this article, we will discuss the features and benefits of all pallet racking systems.

1) Space saving

One of the main advantages of a pallet racking system is its ability to save space within a warehouse. Pallet racking utilises the vertical space within your warehouse and can even utilise the floor space available as there are different types of racking available dependant upon the floor space within your warehouse and your requirements.

2) Cost effective

Pallet racking is a cost-effective storage system. Not only could it save you money utilising the capacity of your warehouse and setting up your warehouse effectively, but it could save you money on relocation costs and additional storage. Also, as everything will have its own place, you could save money on lost goods and also the time taken to search for lost goods – not only saving your business money but time also!

3) Durable

The material used to construct a pallet racking storage system is high quality steel, meaning that it can withstand bumps and general wear and tear. However, if there were any damage, it is usually pretty straight forward to make the repairs.

4) Safety

Warehouses which have a poor storage system are more likely to have incidents. As the safety of your staff is paramount, installing a pallet racking system should be considered as this will minimise the risk of accidents occurring. Pallet racking increases your warehouses safety for both the goods and your staff members.

Contact Teepee for Pallet Racking System

Are you considering investing in a safe, cost-effective and durable pallet racking system? Contact us here at Teepee. Call us today on 01384 256 969 or fill out our online contact form.



What can a mezzanine floor do for you?

Mezzanine flooring has many different advantages to suit various requirements. But what can a mezzanine floor do you for you and your business? Find out below…

Provide extra storage

A mezzanine floor can increase your floor space up to 50% and provide additional capacity for stock or anything else that you may need to store.

Create an office space

A common use of a mezzanine floor is to increase or create office space within a warehouse. It creates a second floor within your existing premises for additional offices or to add an office if necessary.

Both floors (the ground floor and the mezzanine floor) can be used for office space.

Integration of other warehouse storage systems

Many other warehouse storage systems such as pallet racking and industrial shelving can be integrated within a mezzanine floor.

Benefits of mezzanine flooring for different industries

Retail stores, shopping centres and grocery shops

All retail and grocery stores often receive a lot of footfall and custom. Due to this, owners are constantly looking at ways to improve and expand on the facilities available to the customers. Instead of relocating or purchasing additional land, a mezzanine floor will provide all the additional space you need.

Mezzanine floors can be used for grocery stores to incorporate a clothing section or for shopping centres to add additional stores.

Production industry

Mezzanine floors are often used in the production industry as it is a fast-growing sector. They are used to overcome any challenges a company may be having with space and storage.

If later, you then find you need to move premise as you are still lacking space, the mezzanine floor can be taken down and re-constructed at your new premise.

Manufacturing companies

Mezzanine floors can be designed and constructed with different loading weights in mind meaning they are the perfect solution for manufacturing companies wanting to expand on their storage and space.



Left a bit… right a bit!

As our inspectors are conducting their SEMA approved rack inspections, one of the most common comments is the placement of pallets within racking.

This may sound a bit petty and nitpicking but there is good reason, we will explain…

Pallet racking is specifically designed to accommodate the pallets that YOU are using… This is because manufacturers design intolerances of safety.

SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) have guidelines specifically on the position of loaded pallets, the reasons are quite simply it is all about SAFETY!

Pallets can and do damage to racking!

Clearances all around the pallet (looking at the loading face) in the first instance makes life easier for the FLT operator to load/unload the pallet giving room to manoeuvre; more importantly, it eliminates the potential of pallets damaging racking components, such as the uprights, beam connectors or frame braces … so it makes sense to have clearances.

Did you know that the depth of your pallet racking frame is designed to be slimmer than your pallet?  Why.. well, it’s to make sure that the pallet has the recommended 50mm overhang over the front and rear of the beams, which provides maximum support to the pallet and gives a uniform distributed load spread along the length of the beam.

Perils of loading pallets flush with the front beam!

As seen so many times; pallets have been loaded flush with the front beams, to either give ‘a bit more room’ to manoeuvre the forklift or just because it’s easier for the driver to align the pallet onto the beam. Sadly, this has a knock-on effect in so many ways…

Front beams get damaged as the mast comes into contact with the beam causing it to split.

The rear of the pallet is now sitting on the underside of slats, which can easily give way causing the pallet to dislodge.

If pallets are over offered flush on the front beam then the ‘back-to-back’ flue gap in the run of pallet racking has now been severely reduced. The design in safety clearance between the racks has now been compromised which could easily dislodge pallets to the rear, as pictured below.

Please for that extra few seconds to make sure that your pallets are sitting correctly.

We would go one further and suggest that ALL forklift truck operators are made aware of these tolerances and the reasons why they are so important.

Prevention is always better than cure, and cheaper!

Need help? … Teepee are always happy to offer our expert help and advice, we are only a call away.



RoSPA Training Assurance

Wow, what a busy few months it has been here at Teepee HQ!

To think that six months ago we did not even have a rack inspection course … now we have TWO and BOTH are now RoSPA Assured!

Pallet Racking Awareness, Safety and Inspection – RoSPA Assured

Cantilever Racking Awareness, Safety and Inspection – RoSPA Assured

Our commitment to safety:

The much sought-after RoSPA Assurance once again proves our commitment to safety, we have focused our minds on producing an all-rounded rack inspection course for YOUR employees which offers that extra peace of mind that the content and delivery of our pallet racking and cantilever racking inspection training courses have met to the highest of standards.

The legalities:

Our courses are fully compliant with the requirement under HSE76 Warehousing & Storage (second edition) which states…..

644 Employees should receive training, information and instruction on the safe operation of the racking system, including the parts affecting their safety and the safety of others.

645 The PRRS should ensure that inspections are made at weekly or other regular intervals based on risk assessment. A formal written record should be maintained.’

The course:

Our comprehensive and in-depth course covers all aspects that the PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) needs to know, including component understanding, legal requirements, SEMA risk classifications whilst enforcing the necessity for HSE compliant ‘paper trail’ alongside a whole lot more. All this is presented in bite-sized segments at your premises by one of our SEMA Approved Inspectors ensuring continuity between your regular in-house rack inspections and your annual SEMA Inspection.

The day’s pallet racking inspection training is carried out in a relaxed style from our SEMA approved inspector who delivers the course using his experience and knowledge in relaying vital information from the inspection process to the recording of the findings for legal compliance providing the level of competence required.

Proof of competency:

Upon completion of the rack safety course, a certificate will be issued detailing the date achieved, expiry date and the name of the facilities competent PRRS and proudly displaying the RoSPA Assured logo, the certification will last for THREE years whereby refresher training will need to be undertaken.



Rack Inspections…. COVID-19 and Brexit!

The world has become a different place since the start of the pandemic, and now that Brexit has kicked in; where does this leave YOU with your racking inspections?

We have seen so many social media posts and heard many questioning the need for SEMA racking inspections, each with different answers. So here at Teepee, we have done our research, and would like to openly answer the question “Do I need an annual SEMA racking inspection even though not much is happening in our warehouse?”

Firstly, we looked at SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufactures Association) guidelines in the ‘Code of Practice for The Use of Static Pallet Racking’; this clearly states in paragraph 7.1 that an annual inspection be carried out by a technically competent person as well as regular internal inspections by a trained PRRS – person responsible racking safety, so the answer is a yes then!

Then turning to HSE76 Warehousing and Storage – A Guide to Health & Safety 646. A technically competent person should carry out inspections at intervals of not more than 12 months, it goes on to state that the PRRS frequency of inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site. So again, it comes up with a yes!

More rules and regulations… so now PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) Section 6 specifies criteria where an inspection is required for example where the safety depends on installation conditions, at suitable intervals where equipment is exposed to conditions causing deterioration such as the use of a forklift truck. Ploughing through PUWER (on your behalf) we find a paragraph stating that the frequency of inspections should be determined via risk assessment, taking manufacture and trade association recommendations into account. Again, we have already covered this above so another yes to the question.

Now that Teepee have cleared this up, if throughout COVID and now post Brexit there are any pallet movements (even reduced movements) within your facility then an annual SEMA inspection still applies. Only IF (and that is a big if) your facility has been completely mothballed or there are zero pallet movements, your annual inspection may be deferred. In the event of this facility reopening, we would highly recommend you carry out an annual inspection prior.

At Teepee all our inspectors have vast experience within the industry with a knowledge to match and enforced by SEMA’s approved rack inspector’s qualification, guaranteeing a comprehensive and unbiased inspection of your storage equipment adhering to the latest SEMA and HSE compliance and legislations.

All inspection findings are recorded clearly in an easy-to-follow independent report detailing issues using your designated locations using SEMA traffic light classifications and tolerances, including recommendations and actions to prevent any recurrences.

For prices or further information on our annual inspections, call us on 01384 25996.



New Year’s Resolution

Firstly, all of us at Teepee wish everyone a very Merry Christmas to finish off this weird year and our best wishes for 2021 with the hope that you all stay safe and well.

About now many people are either breathing a big sigh of relief as their Christmas rush is now done or things are about to get very busy indeed and as the pressures increase so does the risk of warehouse incidents with the increase in pallet movements, deadlines to meet all with no extra time and a possible influx of seasonal staff.

Can we please ask you to just take a second with the thought – ‘are standards being maintained in the warehouse?’

Did you answer yes? Or was it a no? Ok, when was your last pallet racking inspection? As your pallet movements increase so does risk of racking damage and possibly an incident.

As Big Ben rings out its midnight chimes, resolutions are made, some are even broken before the bell is silenced, why not start the new year with a new outlook and a call to Teepee. Ask for Rebecca who can help arrange your racking inspection, alternatively, why not ask about our racking inspection training so you can conduct your own internal inspections but more importantly have trained and knowledgeable persons on-site if an incident should occur.

Our very own experienced SEMA rack inspectors offer unbiased advice and guidance along with an easy-to-read rack inspection report fully compliant with SEMA and the HSE. The very same rack inspectors conduct our rack safety training courses so that you get the best and most up to date information as well of continuity between your inhouse and annual inspection.

New Year, New start, Teepee Inspect