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March 10, 2017

Anchor Bolt Design: Appendix D of the “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design|

In follow up to our last post, Next Level Looks at ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”, we’re now going to dig a little deeper into this code and look at what used to be called Appendix D, the section that specifically addresses concrete anchorage and anchor bolt design. The Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization [...]

Next Level Looks at ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”

By | March 1st, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design|

We’ve mentioned ACI 318 Appendix D a few times lately. First, in our article, Concrete Anchor Bolts: Why These Little Components Are A Big Deal, and then again in Engineering and Design of Concrete Anchor Bolts. The upshot is that ANSI/RMI MH16.1 – Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks references ACI 318 Appendix [...]

February 27, 2017

Engineering and Design of Concrete Anchor Bolts

By | February 27th, 2017|Blog Posts, Design, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design|

In our last post, Concrete Anchor Bolts: Why These Little Components Are A Big Deal, we discussed the importance of anchoring your pallet racks for safety, the basic types of concrete anchor bolts, bolt sizes, holding power, and the number of anchor bolts needed. But that’s just the beginning. A concrete anchor bolt isn’t just any old bolt; there [...]

A Dozen Reasons to Choose Wire Mesh Decking Over Wood or Solid Metal

By | February 5th, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack|

  When designing a pallet racking system for a warehouse, one thing you may want to consider is what kind of extra pallet support to use in your racks. The beams in your racking system will support your pallets, but it’s never a bad idea to have some extra support in place.  Support can come in the form pallet support bars, or [...]

January 15, 2017

Pallet Rack Capacity: The Maximum Height for Pallet Racking

By | January 15th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Pallet rack systems are designed to maximize space. The higher you go, the more space you can potentially save, which can potentially make your warehouse more cost-efficient. But how high can you go? The short answer is is that pallet rack frames can be made as tall as you want, but there are constraints and limitations that will determine your [...]

Lift Trucks and Rack Aisle Width

By | January 10th, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Distribution systems have become more complex over the last few decades, with warehouses becoming denser, aisles narrower, and racking systems higher.  Innovations in forklift technology have followed in an attempt to meet increased demand for more warehouse density and higher stack heights. Here's a look at the different aisle widths and the lift truck styles needed to accommodate them. Wide [...]

December 29, 2016

Understanding Accessorial Freight Charges

By | December 29th, 2016|Blog Posts, Shipping & Freight|

Accessorial shipping charges stem from extra services performed by the carrier that goes beyond the typical dock to dock. Common examples of these charges are lift gate service, residential pickup or delivery, limited access locations and inside delivery. If you don't have all the specifics of your freight as it relates to potential accessorial charges, you could be in for a [...]

The Global State of Steel: 3rd & 4th Quarters 2016

By | December 6th, 2016|Blog Posts, Steel|

Corus IJmuiden, Netherlands. Photo by Sander van der Molen As a global commodity, the price of steel varies daily, and those prices are influenced by several factors, including the price of oil, availability of recycled steel, and the condition of the world economy in general. But the single most important factor that determines current steel prices is supply and [...]

October 24, 2016

Why Buy New When Used Pallet Rack Will Do?

By | October 24th, 2016|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design|

You hear this phrase regarding used pallet rack a lot in the material handling biz. Many people believe that used or refurbished pallet rack is not only cheaper, but that it’s just as good as new. Will used pallet rack really do the job just as well? And is it really cheaper? With over thirty years combined experience in the [...]

September 25, 2016

Is Your DC Staying Relevant in Today’s Marketplace?

By | September 25th, 2016|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

Is your distribution center relevant in today's marketplace?  Are you one of many companies looking to go direct to consumers through the internet to compete with industry giants such as Amazon? If so, you’re aware of the challenges: consumers are conditioned by the big players to expect rocket-fast delivery times, as well as impeccable, 5-star customer service. Is your warehouse [...]

August 28, 2016

Is Your Warehouse Storage Racking System Legal?

By | August 28th, 2016|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design, Warehouse Storage Systems|

In the 1970s and 80s, permits for pallet racking systems were non-existent. Back then, most building authorities treated pallet racking as simply a piece of equipment back then, but a lot in warehousing has changed in the past thirty years. Now, most city building departments require a permit to erect and use pallet racks and other storage systems that are [...]

You Might Be Paying Too Much in Export Taxes

By | August 14th, 2016|Blog Posts, Business|

If you are a small to medium exporter and haven’t taken advantage of the IC-DISC (Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation) export tax credit from the IRS, you may be one of thousands of exporters who are probably paying too much in export taxes. What is an IC-DISC? The bottom line is that the tax laws provide an opportunity for a [...]