Warehouse Racking Systems

Cantilever Racking FAQs

Why should we purchase cantilever racking with WSL?

WSL manufacture cantilever racking ourselves, so can provide racking that is fully tailored to our client’s individual needs, rather than having to settle for “out-of-the-box” solutions. We have excellent designers and massive amounts of experience, as well as qualified inspectors; meaning that you can be confident that your cantilever racking is designed, produced and installed to the highest standards.

What is the benefit of cantilever racking, over other types of racking?

Cantilever racking can hold huge weights. It is also excellent for storing product that is of particularly long lengths; such as timber or pipes.

What regulations do we need to follow for our cantilever racking?

SEMA decide industry standards for all types of racking, including cantilever racking. The most important factor is that the fabrication is from a reputable manufacturer and that they provide a proven steelwork design. (A computerised steelwork program shows what structure is required and can prove that it can bear the load.)

What weight can cantilever racking take?

The big I-Sections for cantilever racking can take almost limitless loads. The restriction is in what weight the floor can take. The floor can be reinforced, depending on the budget.

Can I have a canopy on my cantilever racking?

Yes, a roof can be built between two outside racks. This can be useful when storing product such as timber, to ensure it stays dry in bad weather.

What sort of equipment would be used to access cantilever racking?

Forklifts and reach trucks are most usually used to access cantilever racking.

How high can cantilever racking go?

Cantilever racking is restricted by the height that the Material Handling Equipment can reach. You will also need to consider the stability of the items that you are storing at height. For example, loose items such as tubing may be at risk of falling, causing damage or endangering personnel.

Can we put cantilever racking on tarmac?

This will depend on the load that the racking will be taking. If the product is very heavy, then the tarmac may need to be replaced by concrete, or you could consider the use of spreader blades so that the base doesn’t sink into the tarmac.

Do we need a special floor for cantilever racking?

No, cantilever racking can be built on a standard concrete floor. They can even go outside on tarmac, as long as the weight is spread to avoid particular legs from sinking. Your racking experts may suggest a footplate, with a big I-Section beam on the bottom, spreading the weight between the different piles. In this way, cantilever racking can have minimal problem with puncture weight.

Can Cantilever racking be built from a wall or out of a building column?

This will depend on the structure of the wall. In almost all cases it would not be possible to tie racking into the structure of the building, as you won’t have information on the type of strains the building is already under. Heavy racking can affect the dynamic loads placed on the walls, such as wind tolerance. You also don’t want to interfere with the weights going down the building’s columns as this risks structural instability. However, there may be an exception if you plan to build racking within the walls or columns when planning a new building. In this case, the engineers can account for the additional weights and plan the structure accordingly.

How deep can the cantilever arms be?

This will depend largely on what you’re accessing the product with. The main issue will be that you don’t want to strand product at the back of the racks. A reach truck can reach into deep racking but a standard forklift will not be able to access items that are further back than a standard pallet depth. You will also need to consider what you are storing. Anything that is inclined to roll, such as pipes or timber may slip off and pose a safety risk, unless they are able to be placed well onto the arms of the forks. A product such as flat wood is more likely to be reached and carried securely from deeper racking, as the majority of the product can lie flat on the forks of your MHE.

What should the width be between racks?

This will depend on what you are storing. Product such as thin timber may sag in the middle if the rack width is too long, potentially damaging the product. Product such as steel rods are less likely to sag. One alternative if you want to store very long pieces of wood, can be to place a steel pan between the racks; in effect making it into a racking shelf.

Is Cantilever racking more expensive than standard pallet racking?

Yes, cantilever racking is more expensive than standard pallet racking; but it serves an entirely different purpose. Cantilever arms are suspended out from the structure of the upright, so needs to be made of much stronger material. This allows product to be accessed from the side – a great advantage over standard racking.

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