Pallet Rack Capacity Display (Capacity Labeling)
Multiple capacities must be taken into consideration when installing racking. Capacity for any given level, load, and bay will be vastly different. After installation, these specific racking capacities must be displayed with permanent pallet rack capacity labels.
Pallet rack capacity labels must include:
1. Maximum unit load or maximum uniformly distributed load per level. Simply put, this is the combined weight of the product or products being stored and the apparatus it is being stored on.
2. Average unit load. This calculation is the maximum amount of product on all beam levels in a row, divided by the number of beam levels in that specific row.
3. Maximum total load per bay. A standard pallet rack bay is a solo unit or a single unit in a system. Standard pallet rack bays include a floor level, and two beams, or shelf levels (2 beams, front and back, typically make up a level). The maximum total load per bay is the maximum weight those levels can hold. Sometimes, a third level will be used instead of floor space, which will increase the total bay load number.
4. Indication of storage levels that support stacking of multiple unit loads. Typically seen in larger systems with multiple pallet positions and simply alerts users to the fact that pallets or loads will be stacked. This helps forklift operators, and other users, understand where extra care may need to be taken.