Structural Racking – Heavy Duty Pallet Racks
Structural racking is ideal for heavy-duty applications and demanding warehouse conditions. Standard roll formed pallet rack may work well for most jobs, but when dealing with ultra-heavy weights or harsh environments, structural pallet rack is often deployed. Structural rack is unrivaled in terms of capacity and durability. Its hot rolled steel design makes structural pallet rack stronger and more durable than roll formed racking. The thicker, heavier construction of structural racking lets it shine in environments like freezers, outdoor storage areas, and high-traffic warehouses where strength and resistance to impact are key.
Since 1988, we’ve helped countless businesses improve their storage with structural racking. Our Systems Design Specialists have decades of experience designing and implementing custom storage rack systems, and will work with you from the design stage through installation. Let us help you get started on your project today.
Structural Racking vs Roll Formed Racking
The biggest difference between standard roll formed pallet rack and structural racking is the way in which they’re made. While roll formed pallet rack is produced by rolling and cutting steel sheets, structural racking is manufactured using hot molded steel. This design makes structural steel significantly stronger, thicker, and heavier than roll formed steel. When the most heavy-duty rack capacities are required, structural racking is often used to ensure the strength and durability of the rack system stands up under the stress of extremely heavy loads.
Structural Pallet Rack Beams
It’s relatively simple to tell a structural beam apart from a roll formed beam. Whereas roll formed pallet rack beams are usually made in a tubular shape, structural pallet rack beam channels resemble the shape of a letter “C” in their cross section. This is why you’ll often hear structural beams referred to as “C-channels.” A side effect of this difference in shape is that structural racking is easier to clean than roll formed rack. In addition to its strength, this is one of the qualities that make structural rack appealing in food and beverage applications.
Structural Beam-Frame Connection
The beam-to-frame connection also differs between roll formed racking and structural racking. Rather than locking into frames with a rivet-and-slot design, structural pallet rack beams are typically bolted to frames. This bolt-together connection is often stronger than the boltless rivet connections.
Advantages of Structural Rack
- High weight capacity
- Increased durability
- Able to be used in both selective and engineered rack systems
- Strong and secure bolted beam-to-frame connection
- Available in a variety of sizes, colors, and capacities
- Often less expensive over the long run due to damage resistance
Though structural racking is not ideal for every storage application, it’s an excellent solution for those in which only the strongest available racking will work. Structural steel’s design makes it extremely strong and reliable, and it’s able to perform in even the harshest warehouse conditions. If you’re in need of a rack system that can store heavy loads in a demanding warehouse environment, contact us to learn more about how we can make structural pallet rack work for you.
Structural Racking Applications
With its sturdy build, structural racking is popular as a foundation for engineered pallet rack systems. Dynamic systems like push back and pallet flow rack often rely on structural racking. Drive in rack, in which the forklift operator must enter the system, is usually made with structural steel uprights and rails. These systems work best when coupled with the strength and reliability of structural channel racking.
Below are a few examples of industries and applications that commonly use structural racking.
- Food and beverage
- Cold storage
- Die storage