Looking for a certified rack installer? Look no further. TPC Automation has rack installation professionals on standby ready to assemble, move and anchor warehouse pallet racking.
The rack installation services TPC offers include:
- Rack installation
- Rack assembly
- Rack relocation
- Rack repair
- Rack take-down
- Rack banding and removal
- Permitting of racking projects
Are you wondering how to install pallet rack? Here is a guide.
Step 1 – the Warehouse area needs to be free and clear
Remove all pallets and debris from the area you need rack installer to work in. Make sure that any construction debris, rubbish or refuse is removed. The rack installers need to be able to chalk a line and ensure the racking is being installed int he correct location per the installation drawings.
Step 2 – Measure the space carefully
After consulting the installation drawings, it is important that dimensions are checked twice before chalking the line. You will want to ensure the racking is being built where you need it to be built.
If there is any concern about aisle dimensions, the OEM forklift manufacturers should provide documentation on the aisle dimensions required based on the model, capacity and battery compartment on the forklift. Other things that impact right angle stacking requirements include:
- Length of load
- Width of load
- Flatness of the floor
- Levelness of the floor
- Lift off space above the floor stacked pallet
- The length of the beam
- Space between pallets
- Type of racking: single selective, deep reach, push back, etc
Step 3 – Build a demo bay with all the beam elevations exactly as needed at the start of each row
Every time you start a new row, it is important to create a starter bay. That starter bay will help the rack installers to know how to start installing the rack down the aisle.
Have the warehouse manager, foreman, lift truck supplier and warehouse racking supplier sign off on the starter bays before you start to build the rest of the warehouse. This will help you avoid costly errors.
Step 4 – Equipment recommended for rack installation
In addition to the usual safety equipment such as:
- Eye protection
- Ear protection
- Dust guards
You will need power industrial equipment for installing racking. This includes a forklift to pick up the frames to stand them up. The forklift needs to gingerly elevate the frame from the horizontal position to its final vertical position.
You will also need a scissor lift. The scissor lift is used to elevate the rack installers safely in the air in order to place the beams and wire decks into position. Sometimes a combination of both a forklift and a scissor lift is needed to lift bring the material to the working level of the rack installation crew.
Step 5 – assemble the racking completely before anchoring
You will want to ensure the spacers, beams, and frames are connected properly before you start to anchor. Anchoring the racking will bring the system square and tight. Once tight, it is very hard to make adjustments. Therefore, always review the rack build before you anchor.
Step 6 – Drilling and anchoring
The next step is to drill holes for the anchoring process. You will want to ensure the holes are drilled to the correct depth and that the dust has been aspirated and removed.
Step 7 – Anchor inspection
As part of the permitting process, you will need to have the anchors inspected by a rack inspection service. Call TPC for help to have your anchors inspected prior to receiving your rack permit.
Looking for a rack installer near you? We are based in Santa Fe Springs, California. Projects take us throughout all of Southern California and include:
- Los Angeles County
- Orange County
- San Diego County
- Inland Empire
- Northern California
Our crews are experienced, insured and fully trained.
To learn about buying racking in Southern California and the Los Angeles area, read our article of Rack Supply here. We also repair rack. For more information, you can visit our article on rack repair here. Did your know that you can buy rack online? Visit our webstore.
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