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).

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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.



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.



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.



Why Teepee for SEMA Approved Pallet Racking Inspections

Daily operations involving MHE, moving products and time constraints can result in general knocks and bumps to your racking. This can have varying degrees of consequences from reducing load carrying capacity without knowing, to the worst case, a full rack collapse. This is why SEMA Approved Racking Inspections are so important.

What is SEMA?

SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) are the leading organisation in the storage industry and working alongside the HSE, they have very clear guidelines regarding the design and use of storage equipment. One such guideline states ‘At least a minimum annual racking inspection by a ‘technically competent person’ in addition to having a nominated person responsible for racking safety at your facility.’

SEMA approved rack inspectors (SARI’s) are recognised as ‘technically competent persons’ not only within the industry but within HSE. SEMA has a strict criterion for inspector applicants followed by a continued development plan which includes up to date information from manufacturers. A Teepee SEMA storage equipment inspection report is one you can trust for an honest, independent insight into the condition of your storage equipment.

Our SEMA racking inspection reports

This is why at Teepee we are here for you, our very own SEMA approved racking inspections by our own inspectors carry out annual or more frequent inspections across the UK to the latest industry and Health & Safety standards on pallet racking, cantilever racking, shelving and even mezzanine floors all of which fall under storage equipment legislation. Our SEMA and HSE compliant electronic report details damage in line with the SEMA ‘red, amber and green’ classifications, condition of equipment, operational issues along with general housekeeping and furthermore offers recommendations and advice for any improvements or remedial works.

Teepee’s additional services

However, we at Teepee go further as we offer a wide range of services that you can trust, for example as well as the SEMA racking inspections we provide an on-site ‘racking safety awareness & inspection training course’ for your nominated person responsible for racking safety. The course is designed and delivered so that it provokes awareness and understanding of your storage structures which will keep your personnel safe and fully compliant with safety regulations. Once the course is successfully completed regular in-house pallet racking inspections can be carried out safely by your own staff, this does not replace the annual SEMA racking inspection but increases safety across the site and more importantly should an incident occur you have someone knowledgeable and trained on-site to react, potentially eliminating serious consequences and saving costs.

For your SEMA approved racking inspections or training, just give us a call on 01384 256969.



Safeguarding your storage system

Whether you’re moving into new premises, have a new storage requirement or it’s simply time to upgrade your existing storage facility, selecting a new system can be a mind boggling task. Fortunately, as a SEMA approved supplier, Teepee are on hand to help recommend a solution that offers the best efficiency and safety for your business’ needs.

There are three main criteria to consider when choosing. First and foremost, we must ensure a safe working environment so our proposals must take into account HSE regulations. Secondly, we must make sure that the solution presents good accessibility to assets and finally, the solution must minimise the risk of damage to stored goods.

When specifying a storage product, we follow SEMA’s simple principles which includes:

  • Safe manufacture offering full traceability of product
  • Safe design to meet strict codes of practice
  • Safe installation by accredited personnel
  • Ongoing rack maintenance through inspection and repair

In this way, we guarantee a product and installation process that clients can rely on to uphold the highest levels of safety standards.

Considering a new storage system? Contact our friendly, professional team for a quotation on 01384 256969 or email sales@teepee.co.uk




It might seem like a simple enough question, but it’s one that could have important implications when making the correct selection for your business, in terms of functionality, cost and safety.

As a general rule of thumb, shelving is a storage system that cannot be approached by mechanical handling devices such as fork-lift trucks or order-pickers. This is because shelving uprights are generally thinner and more vulnerable to accidental damage by machinery. Shelving is therefore usually hand loaded and has unit loads of less than 20 or 25 kilograms.

Contrary to popular belief, shelving is not classified by height and it is quite possible to have systems that have 3 or 4 tiers. However, these systems must always be located well away from any loading machinery and can under no circumstances be climbed on by operatives to retrieve goods.

Racking is, therefore, the correct solution if your business stores heavy loads or items in pallets, which need to be moved via mechanical means.

Please remember that both shelving and racking systems require independent annual inspections by law, so it’s vital that you engage a trained professional to perform this service. At Teepee, we are proud to provide SEMA accredited inspectors and inspection prices start at just £185 + VAT.

Arrange your inspection by contacting our friendly team sales@teepee.co.uk or calling 01384 256969.



Bowing – How much is too much?

So you’ve bought your new racking system, installed and loaded it carefully to within the tolerances recommended by your supplier and you notice that some of the beams are bowing. Is this anything to worry about? The short answer is, it could be.

Here at Teepee, we are accredited by SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturing Association who produce safety guidelines for the industry including Codes of Practice for safe levels of deflection. This states a maximum deflection of span / 200 when a pair of beams is under maximum load. This may look most noticeable when the lower run of beams is viewed along the aisle.

In order to check, SEMA suggests using a line of string held taught immediately under the beam so that you can vertically measure from this to the underside of the beam. Measure at both the centre and the ends of the beam and don’t be tempted to measure to the floor as the floor can be uneven to begin with.

SEMA also recommend that a minimum of 75mm clearance to allow a pallet in and out of its location and deflections should be nowhere near to this.

If you have any concerns about bowing, an inspection from one of our SEMA trained and accredited inspectors can quickly provide peace of mind. Not only can we advise on situations such as these, but we also maintain and repair storage and racking systems, providing a convenient one-stop service for busy clients.

Racking inspections start from just £185* Contact sales@teepee.co.uk or call us on 01384 256969 for further details.


*Prices subject to formal quotation