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Load Plaques: Why Your Rack Installation Needs Them

When industrial steel storage rack installations have stamped and sealed engineering documents or load application and rack configuration (LARC) drawings, they should be kept on-site within the facility. These documents include critical details about the maximum safe capacity of the ...
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The “Dos and Don’ts” of Reconfiguring Pallet Rack

Most pallet rack is manufactured for adjustability and assembly in multiple configurations, which might lead a system owner or user to assume a current installation can be reconfigured safely to increase storage density. While making such changes to racking, such ...
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How Height-To-Depth Ratio Contributes To Overall Storage Rack Stability

A key objective of safe rack design is to ensure the finished structure won’t topple over when subjected to horizontal forces such as an earthquake, forklift impact, or high wind. To significantly minimize this risk, Section 8.1 of RMI’s ANSI ...
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Minimize The Risk Of Load Beam Disengagement With Locking Devices

To reduce the chance of a load beam becoming disengaged from the storage rack structure, rack manufacturers typically include locking clips, pins and/or bolts. They secure the connection of the beams to the upright columns at every point of contact ...
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Rack Safety, Design Pivotal In Growth Of MHI’s Oldest Industry ...

This article by Stephen Murdock originally appeared in the fourth quarter 2020 issue of MHI Solutions magazine and has been reprinted in its entirety with permission. The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI), officially the oldest Industry Group in MHI, has seen ...
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Why You Shouldn’t Mix Rack Components From Different Manufacturers In ...

While rack columns and beams constructed by different manufacturers may appear similar, mixing components in the same structure — also sometimes called “intermembering” — is unsafe and not recommended. That’s because connecting incompatible rack components, which can erroneously occur as ...
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How Point Loads And Uniformly Distributed Loads Affect Safe Rack ...

When placed in industrial steel storage racks, a uniformly distributed load is one whose weight is evenly spread over the entire surface of the rack’s beams or deck. Conversely, a point load is one with its weight significantly concentrated in ...
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Building Codes And Their Importance To Rack Design

In spite of being a standalone structure, the safety of an industrial steel storage rack’s design and installation is nearly always vetted by one or more local jurisdictions — including state, county, or local municipality. The reason? The International Code ...
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Use Rack Load Capacity Plaques And LARC Drawings For A ...

To ensure a safer, and, therefore, more productive operation, owners of industrial steel storage racking are responsible for posting rack load capacity plaques in conspicuous locations, and should refer to the system manufacturer’s load application and rack configuration (LARC) drawings ...
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Why Mixing Rack Components From Different Manufacturers Is A Bad ...

Pallet rack beams and columns from different manufacturers — while they may appear similar — in fact are not. Therefore, it is never a good idea to mix-and-match components from different racking systems within a single structure. The reason? Doing ...