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Creative Ways To Use Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is a common warehouse storage technique for non-palletized inventory and lengthy, heavy objects. The lack of front support columns in cantilever rack systems improves product visibility and material handling access.

Heavy Duty Cantilever Racks are typically used to store lumber, PVC pipe, furniture, and automobiles, but they can also be used in more creative ways. By combining characteristics of cantilevers and pallet racks, equipping a cantilever system with decking offers a hybrid storage solution. Rail attachments for hanging inventory like garments or boxes can also be accommodated by cantilevers.

Cantilevers are already engineered to deal with specific inventory requirements, and with these creative applications, they could be exactly what your warehouse requires to maximise storage space.

Install Decking on Cantilever Racking

When you add decking to a cantilever rack, you get cantilevered shelving that can hold both palletized goods and bulky objects that are frequently stored on them. Decking allows for more vertical storage without taking up any additional floor space. Wire, particle board, and steel decking are all available.

Decking made with wire mesh

Use wire mesh decking for optimal visibility on cantilever decks. Wire Mesh Decking is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 18″ depth by 35″ width to 48″ depth by 47″ width. Wire mesh decking also helps to preserve the cantilever rack’s fire safety certification by allowing access to sprinkler systems for water and fire suppression.

The visibility of wire decks aids material handlers in locating and precisely picking goods. Loads on wire racks must be equally distributed to minimise point loading, according to the Rack Manufacturers Institute. Decking damage, severe deflection, and collapse can all result from point loading.

Decking made of particle board

Particle board decking is a low-cost option for creating lightweight storage platforms. The cantilever arms and uprights are connected to the particle boards. Lyon Particle Board Decking can support loads ranging from 650 to 1,000 pounds. Because particle board is so light, it’s ideal for lightweight cantilever systems like the Little Giant All Welded Cantilever Rack, which can hold up to 1,500 pounds per shelving unit.

Cantilever rack with welds

The Little Giant All Welded Cantilever rack’s particle board deck is meant to store things that are primarily handled without material handling equipment. The removable retainer pipes and particle board decking work together to ensure maximum load retention, which is especially critical for the mobile option.

Decking made of heavy-gauge steel

If your cantilever racking system needs to store heavy products in both palletized and non-palletized forms, heavy-duty steel decking is the ideal solution. The load capacity of Little Giant All-Welded Steel Rack Decking is 3,000 lbs. per decking section. The depth to breadth measurements of the piece range from 36″ x 46″ to 48″ x 58″.

Unlike particle board decking, steel decking has a waterfall lip that extends over the cantilever arms for increased security. The number of arms per decking section is determined by the width of the section, the capacity of the arms, and the weight of the inventory.

Install rails for inventory that needs to be hung.

Attaching horizontal rails in between the arms for hanging lightweight merchandise is another creative method to use your cantilever racking system. 

This storage option is ideal for keeping huge volumes of clothing or boxes that have been unfolded.

Medium Duty Cantilever Rack

For horizontal bar installation and hanging storage, the Meco Series 1000 Medium-Duty Cantilever Rack is ideal. The arms, which should be straight for hanging storage, can be adjusted at 3″ intervals up and down the column. As a result, the rack may adjust to the inventory’s size.

The Meco Cantilever Rack’s cantilever arms are also available in 12, 18″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ lengths. Because you can fit more horizontal bars to the arms as long as you stay within the arm’s load limit, the longer the arms are, the better for hanging inventory. Even the longest arm option has a load capability of 3,800 lbs. to 4,100 lbs., so that shouldn’t be an issue with this rack.

Protect Your Inventory and Employees

Accessibility is improved with cantilever racks, however this comes at the expense of product retention. Materials do not fall off the front of the rack because of retainer pipes at the ends of arms, and mesh wiring does the same for the back.

Cantilever racks can be used in a variety of ways.

Beast Wire Mesh Guarding is a cantilever rack accessory that increases worker safety and storage retention. An inventory does not tumble off the back of the storage system thanks to wire guards on the back of cantilever racks.

Customize Your Storage Space with Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking can be used to store large objects, support decking for palletized inventory, and even handle hanging inventory such as clothing. Its versatile applications make it excellent for warehouses with fluctuating storage requirements.


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