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Pallet Racking – Choosing New or Used

Jun 25, 2018 | Pallet Racking

If you are planning to expand or relocate your storage facility, you will need to think about whether to install new or used pallet racking. There are a few considerations that will help you to make the best decision for you and your company.Reusing racking, or purchasing racking second hand is, of course, likely to be cheaper, so may be a good option if you are on a budget. However, do take into account the hidden expenses such as the high cost of spares and repairs when using obsolete systems that are no longer manufactured. Putting together older racking, that may not be ideally suited to a new space may take more assembly hours than having an expert company install racking that they are familiar with. If you are moving to a new location and taking your own second hand storage with you, you will need to account for additional expenses such as downtime and the cost of moving and adapting items. You may need to consider the expense of interim storage (see below). You should also bear in mind that you can make money from selling your old units, so this income can be deducted from the expense of buying new.

If you are planning to move your own pallet racking from one location to another, what will you do with your goods in the interim? If you purchase new racking, the racks can be built and the goods quickly moved across. If you wish to reuse current racking, you will need to find a place to put all your products while waiting for the old racking to be dismantled. It is important to find safe storage, to avoid the additional cost of products being broken or made damp. Interim storage is likely to be expensive, not to mention the financial losses sustained from the downtime involved. If you are a start-up company looking at second hand racking as a purchase, there may not be such a worry about interim storage.It is important to fully analyse which storage will do the best job. New racking is likely to be built exactly to your specifications; particularly important if you have non-standard product sizes. Old racking may be slightly too narrow, too deep or not quite long enough, so is unlikely to make the best use of the space you have available. When purchasing new racking you can also speak to a qualified professional who can analyse your specific requirements and advise on the lowest rated parts available, ensuring that you are not paying for more weight capacity than that required for your purposes. Consider whether renting or buying a smaller storage area and then purchasing racking ideally suited to the space may actually work out as less expensive than cheap, inefficient racking in a larger area.For the sake of your personnel and clients, it is vital to ensure that your racking is safe at all times. Racking must be approved by an accredited rack inspection specialist and pass regular inspections in order to be considered safe. The racks must have a loading approved in a loading chart or design program and must have a proven and traceable design. Old racking is less likely to meet these requirements. It is also less likely to keep its original guarantee once it has been dismantled and reassembled. (Contact the original manufacturers to confirm with them – do not assume that your guarantee still stands after the racking is moved). Racking that is purchased second hand may provide safety concerns, as you will not know the exact specifications of the load that the racking can withstand. There must always be a load notice provided by the supplier stating the maximum load per beam, per bay and also the dimensions and heights between beam levels. If you do choose to use second hand racking, speak to the original manufacturer and have an accredited rack inspection specialist look at the racks before loading them. Ensure that qualified individuals dismantle and reassemble them.

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