How To Ensure Your Floor is Level
For most material handling applications and warehouses, your floor is flat and level enough. What if you are using a pallet rack that is 24’ high or even 30’ plus? The answer is that it depends upon a few factors such as the overall height of your system, the type of forklift, and the width of your aisle. For example, in a conventional rack system with 12’ aisles and 20’ pallet rack height, the operator would likely not notice a “bump” in the floor causing it to lean. Now, take a very narrow aisle pallet rack system. The aisles are about 60” wide and typically store material 30’ high or so. A floor that is not within tolerance for this application can cause the lift to contact the rack, make forklift loading and unloading difficult, or cause premature failure of equipment.
Floor flatness used to be measured by 1/8” in 10’ increments. It was proved that this was not a completely accurate way of measuring and specifying a floor. This method has now been replaced with an F-number.
It is always worthwhile to ask the building owner about the floor before you start your material handling or warehouse project. For more information call 800-722-5908 with any questions.