If you are looking for a cost-effective pallet racking system that is flexible and simple to install, you can't go wrong with teardrop pallet racks. Although this system has many benefits—such as compatibility with different teardrop designs and easily adjustable beams—there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when purchasing and using components for this system to minimize the risk of product loss and worker injury.
Be Careful Mixing Beams from Different Manufacturers
The hallmark characteristic of teardrop racking systems is the parts are compatible with each other across brands. This means you are not locked into ordering additional or replacement parts from one specific manufacturer. You can buy components from any company and use them interchangeably with your existing system, which can save you a lot of time and money.
However, it is important you be careful about using beams from different manufacturers on the same level or bay. That is because the beams may actually be slightly longer or shorter than each other, even though they may be labeled as one particular size. For example, a beam may say it's 84 inches but actually measure out to be 84.5 inches.
Additionally, the beams may be able to handle different amounts of weight. As you can imagine, these two issues can lead to problems with your system, such as reduced structural integrity of the pallet rack and employees accidentally putting more weight on a beam than it can actually hold.
Carefully inspect the beams you buy from different manufacturers to ensure they measure up perfectly with each other or only use beams from one manufacturer on the same rack to minimize the risk of safety issues developing.
Check for Missing Locking Pins
Buying used pallet rack components is a good way to save money. However, be mindful of when the components were manufactured as some older parts may be missing important safety features that are common on components manufactured today.
For example, newer teardrop rack beams have built-in safety clips that lock the beams into position and prevents them from moving out of place when employees are loading and unloading pallets. Older model beams may not have this feature, so you will need to purchase the safety pins separately and install them yourself.
To learn more about teardrop pallet rack systems or to order components for your warehouse or storage area, contact a local supplier.