Systems Design Specialist Jerry Fredrickson oversaw a great example of a rack-supported building project using drive-in pallet rack in Central Minnesota. The warehouse was storing only one type of product, which in this case was dog food. They had a designated area in which to store their product and needed to maximize its utility, which meant ditching building columns in place of drive-in uprights. Jerry’s layout design also allowed the warehouse to have only one aisle. Shims were inserted between the uprights and floor, and the tops of the uprights were secured to purlins near the ceiling. In this scenario, the rack-supported building was just the solution the company needed.
Like drive-in racking in general, rack-supported buildings aren’t ideal (or even feasible) for every single type of application. There are several pitfalls that can come with forcing the rack-supported building model on a warehouse with dynamic storage needs that may not benefit from its use. And because the racks are holding up the roof, there’s no simple reorganizing or reconfiguring of a rack-supported building. But for businesses who have like-product, need to optimize their space and want to keep costs down, it can be a catalyst for efficiency and growth.
As always, you can learn more about drive in racking or rack-supported buildings by having a conversation with one of our Systems Design Specialists, who can be reached at 800-722-5908 or by email at [email protected]