Pallet Racks

AK Material Handling Systems is a major stocking distributor of new teardrop pallet racks based in Maple Grove, MN. In addition to our Maple Grove location, we have a warehouse located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. At our two pallet rack quick ship warehouse locations we stock a variety of teardrop manufacturers including Speedrack, Spacerak, Steel King, Ridg-U-Rak and Interlake. Having two strategically located warehouses sets us apart from the competition by allowing us to have thousands of frames, beams and wire decks at your finger tips.

In addition to having multiple locations, we also have one of the largest in-stock pallet rack inventories in the world. We partner with several manufacturers and are able to ship pallet rack products directly from the following states: California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, and Georgia. For pricing and availability please use our Pallet Racks Quote Request Form or call 800-722-5908.

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Minnesota Pallet Racks

Because we own all of the products in our three main warehouses, we’re able to offer quality, US made products with a quick turn around. Orders typically ship within 24-48 hours and our Pallet Rack Specialists help ensure that you’re getting the right pallet racking for your storage needs. If you already know what you need and are interested in purchasing pallet rack right now, call 800-722-5908 or visit our online pallet rack store.

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Pallet Rack Safety

Pallet Rack Capacity
A common mistake made by customers when purchasing pallet rack is underestimating the capacity they need. Industrial pallet rack beam capacity can be calculated by using the heaviest pallet weight and multiplying that by the number of pallet positions per beam level. For instance, a 3000 lb. maximum pallet weight being stored on 96″ beam spans would need to have 6000lbs capacity per beam level (3,000 x 2 pallets per level). Standard pallet racks are generally manufactured to hold 2500 lbs per pallet position. Once the beam capacity is estimated, the required frame capacity must be calculated.

The estimated pallet rack frame capacity requirement can be found by using the capacity per beam level on your rack and finding out the maximum vertical beam spacing that the system will be using. Beam spacing needs to be measured from the top of one beam level to the top of the next beam level. For example, if there is a 48″ clear between your rack beams when using 4″ high beams, the frame capacity should be considered on 52″ beam spacing.

Attention – Pallet Rack Capacity Warning:
Pallet rack capacity should be determined by a pallet rack professional specifically for each application. It should not be roughly figured or estimated by an untrained person. We always recommend professional assistance when purchasing pallet rack and estimating pallet rack capacity to ensure the safety of your warehouse and personnel. This information was written to help clients gain a general understanding of how pallet rack capacity is determined. If you are interested in learning more about pallet rack capacity or calculating the capacity your system has, give us a call at 800-722-5908 and we’ll be happy to help!


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Advantages of Selective Pallet Racks:

  • Direct access to each pallet
  • Cost-effective — in general, selective pallet rack is the least expensive rack option available on the market.
  • Versatility — selective racking setups are highly customizable and easy to adjust as demands shift.
  • Compatibility — the majority of teardrop pallet rack styles are compatible with one another, making it easy to add to your current rack system or replace components even if the same brand of racking is not available.
  • Ease of assembly — selective pallet rack is assembled much like rivet shelving but on a larger scale. Most types of pallet rack beams simply lock into frames and are then secured in place with safety clips.
  • Strength — selective pallet rack is sturdy enough to handle even the most heavy-duty loads and can be custom manufactured for applications requiring high-strength steel.
  • Easy to reconfigure for increased storage density or a more efficient warehouse layout.
  • Reduced handling time — forklift operators can quickly and easily load or unload pallets from selective pallet rack systems.

How to Measure Pallet Rack

Pallet Rack Cross Beam Information:

  • How to find the right pallet rack beams?

The correct beam length for your application is calculated by adding together the widths of the pallet loads, 5″ side clearance between the uprights and pallets,  and a  6″ space between pallet loads.
Example: pallet width= 40″
40″(Pallet) + 5″ (Side clearance) + 40″ (Pallet) + 5″ (Side clearance) + 6″ (Between Loads) = 96″ Beam
Beam measurements: Length equals the total distance between uprights. Height is measured from the top to bottom of the front side of the beam.

Pallet Rack Upright Frame Information:

  • How to find the right pallet rack uprights?

Capacities are based on 48″ beam spacing. Depth of the frame should be 6″ less than the pallet length. For example, a 48″ deep pallet requires a rack with 42″ depth.
Frame measurements: Frame height = (height of pallet + height of beam + 4″ vertical clearance) x number of levels.

How to calculate allowable bowing or deflection of pallet rack beams

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Quick-ship Locations

Our Main Stocking Locations: (Get a Quote)

  • Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Other Pallet Rack Shipping Locations: (Get a Quote)

  • North East, PA 16428
  • Pontiac, IL 61764
  • Carrollton, TX 75006
  • Sumter, SC 29154
  • San Diego, CA 92154
  • Quincy, MI 49082
  • Marysville, MI 48040
  • Lodi, CA 95240

What Customers are Saying About Us

“We ordered pallet racks and shelves for our warehouse. The sales associate was very knowledgeable and helpful. We shopped around on pricing and AK Material was the best by far with excellent quality as well. The shipment arrived 3 days sooner than expected which was wonderful! We will use them again!!” – Bonnie