Racking System Installation– The Complete FAQ Guide

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    Installing and assembling pallet racks is fairly simple. But before assembling, carefully check if all beams and uprights are levels. If all the parts are in order, the installation will be easy.

    Here is something about the installation of the racking system:

    1. Consult the Installation Guide

    Before you begin installation and assembly, refer to the user manual or installation guide that comes with the product. Inside, you can find specific instructions, guidelines, and requirements for your type of pallet rack. Read through the material and make a list of what you need to complete the project, including:

    • All uprights and beams
    • Shelves or decking
    • A tape measure
    • A chalk line
    • A level
    • A lifting device
    • A mallet
    • At least one assistant

    If there is no manual, you can consult the manufacturer and ask for some installation instructions. OKE Storage has 24/7 service for its customers to solve problems.


    2. Inspect the Pallet Rack Components

    During the transportation of racking system, there will be a variety of situations. Some conditions may cause damage to the racking system. So before installation, you must carry out a thorough inspection of all parts of the racking system. Make sure there are no dents, warps, or cracks.


    3. Prepare the Workspace

    All the racking system have a relatively large demand for space. So before installing the racking, you need to clear out larger areas and make sure the ground is flat and free of obstacles.

    If you plan to attach your racking system to the floor or wall, you must find out the load-bearing capacity of your building to know if it can handle the weight.

    To facilitate the bay installation, you can chalk the length, width, and position of the uprights on the ground. Make sure there is a good distance between the racking system and the walls, and leave enough space between aisles.


    Erect an upright:

    Stand on the outer edge of an upright and secure it.

    Then, with the help of an assistant, set up a second across opposite the first. Use a level to check whether the upright is vertical. If not, place shims under the upright until it is vertical. In general, a slight tilt within 1/8 inch is acceptable. But read the installation guide carefully and refer to the rack manufacturer’s instructions. Fix the uprights to the floor as recommended in the installation guide.

    Erect an upright

    Ⅱ Insert the rear beams:

    Insert the bottom rear beam first, then place the bottom rear beam in the correct slot between the two uprights and secure it in place. If your beams don’t use a slotting system, you’ll need to attach them to the frame. The installation of the upper rear beam just repeats this process. Depending on the height of your upright and racking system, you may need to use a lifting device to connect the beam to the upright.


    Ⅲ Insert the front beams:

    After installing and securing the two rear beams, you can begin to install the front beams. Start with the top front beam and place it at the exact level as the top beam at the rear. Fix it as you do the rear beam. Then start installing the fourth and final beam. Once you have installed all four beams, you have formed your first bay.

    insert beams

    Measure the square:

    Before you move to the rest of the bays, use a tape measure to check that the first bay is properly installed first. As a square, all spacing is correct and equal. Checking is an important step because it prevents late detection of installation errors, thus avoiding wasting time and effort.


    4. Finish Remaining Bays

    Depending on the desired length of your racking system, you may need to create several more bays. Then lay shelves or decks to complete the project. The rest of the bay assembly is the same as the first one. From the first bay, check that all uprights are straight and level with each other. All the beams are at a suitable height.

    finished racking system

    5. Add Shelves or Decking

    After installing your uprights and beams and making sure all the bays are square, you can add shelves or wire decks. In order to select the best and most suitable decking for your racking system, you can refer to the weight of the goods. Select the decking according to the weight.


    Benefits of Using a Professional Installer

    If your daily business is busy and you don’t have time to install the racking system or if your racking system is too complex to install, you can choose professional installers to do the installation. So you can save a lot of time and energy. Professional installers have rich experience. So they can also avoid the wrong installation and damage to the racking system.

    In addition to detailed installation instructions and installation videos, OKE Storage can also arrange professional staff for you if you need them.

    According to the different costs, here are two different schemes:

    1. Depending on the type of your racking system, OKE Storage arranges one or two installation guidance technicians to assist you with your installation. Make your installation process smoother.
    2. To save your effort, OKE Storage arranges an entire professional installation team to install racks systematically. In this case, you just need to make the necessary checks.
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