Racking is what allows you to take full advantage of your warehouse, as without it, you would need to place all your inventory on the floor and would waste a great deal of vertical space. To set up racks takes care, though. If you go about it haphazardly, the racks can end up being unstable, which may then lead to an increased risk of workplace injuries for your staff. Employ these tips for proper warehouse racking installation as you organize your storage space.

Carry Out Staging

Staging is the initial phase of racking installation you carry out before you actually start to construct the racks. Here, you check that all the parts of the racks are present and free of damages. This prevents a situation where you are halfway through building your racks and then realize you can’t continue due to a missing or broken piece. During staging, you should also look to see that your warehouse’s floor is level, to provide a stable base for your racks. With these actions taken, finish off by marking out where you will place the racks to make sure you arrange them in an effective manner.

Check Rack Straightness

At every step where you attach a new segment to your racks’ frames, you should stop and inspect your work up to that point. Due to the weight and size of the parts, you may not notice when a beam is crooked. If you allow these errors to remain as you move forward, you may need to retread previous steps because the misalignment inhibits further progress. Even if you’re able to finish the racks, they can wind up unbalanced and dangerous. It’s important to make sure your horizontal beams and vertical beams are as straight as possible before bolting them together and attaching them to the ground.

Space Racks Correctly

Knowing how to space racks correctly, particularly with regard to one another when placing two racks back to back, is necessary to meet local codes and ensure safety. There are short parts called row spacers you must attach to both adjacent racks and use as connectors between them. Row spacers maintain the same distance between the racks across their whole length and height. With them, you’ll know your flue space (the space between the racks) is up to standard. Laws regulate flue spaces because they’re the areas in the warehouse where heat and smoke can move upwards to activate the sprinkler system in the event of a fire. Furthermore, flue spaces help to slow the lateral spreading of a fire.

If taking care of your rack setup alone sounds daunting, reach out to CMI Sales today. We offer our clients warehouse racking installation services that’ll take the burden off your shoulders.