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May 30, 2017

Pallet Rack Flue Spaces and Why You Need Them

By | 2017-07-13T08:30:06+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Blog Posts|

The purpose of pallet rack flue spaces is to reduce fire damage: flue spaces help flames to vent up rather an out, creating a vertical rise that helps slow down the horizontal spread, allowing ceiling sprinklers (as well as any in-rack sprinklers) to activate faster. Flue spaces also allow water from the sprinklers to reach the warehouse racking and [...]

April 28, 2017

Concrete Anchor Bolt Design: Cast-In-Place Anchors vs Post-Installed Anchors

By | 2017-05-19T14:31:00+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design|

While there are many types of anchor bolts (consisting of designs that are mostly proprietary to the manufacturing companies), there are two main types of concrete anchor bolts: post-installed anchors and cast-in-place anchors. Let’s take a look at how they differ. Cast-In-Place Anchors Concrete Anchor Bolts The cast-in-place anchors are non-proprietary and are the simplest type of anchor bolts. [...]

March 10, 2017

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

By | 2017-04-05T15:27:09+00:00 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 | 2017-03-16T11:09:21+00:00 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 | 2017-04-12T15:29:51+00:00 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 | 2017-04-05T16:05:12+00:00 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 | 2017-01-19T09:56:37+00:00 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 | 2017-01-13T15:00:06+00:00 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 | 2017-01-02T11:01:37+00:00 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 | 2016-12-06T09:33:18+00:00 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

September 25, 2016

Is Your DC Staying Relevant in Today’s Marketplace?

By | 2016-11-25T14:40:57+00:00 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 [...]