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Pallet Racking Terms You Need To Know

Pallet racking can be a difficult concept to grasp, and the terminology can be difficult to understand if you are not involved in the details day to day, which may lead to confusion when speaking with people.  This guide may help you on your way to understanding pallet racking. 

Vertical strut


A pallet racking upright is the vertical strut into which the pallet racking beams connect. There are front and rear uprights joined together at a fixed distance apart (to suit the pallet depth) by means of bracings (horizontal and vertical) to create a stable frame assembly.  Uprights come in various heights and load capacities which can vary depending on the brand or type of pallet racking you are purchasing and the beam positions in the frames.



Two uprights bolted together form a frame, load bearing capacities change as the heights increase, and these need to be supported with bracings.  Which are horizontal or diagonal supports. Frames will have different depths depending on the size of the pallet you require. 

Racking beams


Pallet racking beams are the bars that slot into the frames. They are used in pairs and this will form the platform where the pallet is stored.  Standard pallet racking is adjustable and allows for the beams to be moved higher or lower depending on your storage and access requirements.  Beams come in different widths depending on the load they need to support.



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