Learn About Next Level Material Handling Services

We’ll handle the details, so you don't have to. Did you know Next Level is more than a manufacturer of pallet racks and material handling products? We are a true material handling solutions provider, offering a full range of services nationwide. Here’s a look at the services we offer to help you complete your projects efficiently, safely, and on time. [...]

Green Warehousing: A Look at LEED V4 for Warehousing & DCs

Last summer, the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) released its LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report which showed how the industrial sector is now prioritizing sustainability in design and operations. Industrial facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, and distribution centers have long been considered the main contributors to environmental pollution, with manufacturers alone consuming more than 30 percent of [...]

Why You Should (Probably) Hire A Professional Warehouse Designer

You might be thinking, Why should I hire a warehouse designer when I can do it myself?  And perhaps you do have some of the skills necessary to configure a warehouse. Maybe you have what it takes to design the rack layout, or you have experience with permitting. The list goes on, but it would be the rare facility owner [...]

Warehouse Safety: Loading Dock Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that 25 percent of all warehouse accidents occur at the loading dock? It’s a busy and often dangerous work area, but there are precautions you can take to avoid and minimize accidents. Here’s a look at the most common loading dock dangers and some tips on how to prevent them. Slipping, Tripping and Falling Falls are [...]

When To Consider Push Back Rack

How do you decide if a high density push back pallet rack system is right for your facility? To get started, here are some basic questions to ask yourself: Do you need to increase your warehouse storage capacity? Do you need to store several products that have more than 5 pallets per SKU? Do you need to move pallets [...]

Pallet Rack Damage: Repair or Replace?

Pallet rack damage at some point in time is inevitable. Everyone will eventually face the question of whether to repair or replace a portion of their pallet racking. Hopefully, you have safety protocols in place to help prevent or minimize damage to your racks, and if so, your damage prevention plan will include regular safety inspections and audits. We [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack|0 Comments

How To Prevent Pallet Rack Damage

All pallet racks in all warehouses are subject to abuse; and pallet rack damage is no trivial matter. Repairing rack is costly, and replacing rack is even more so. Downtime is costly. Product loss is costly. And most importantly, damaged rack can result in serious injury to workers. Although pallet racks can handle a lot of wear and tear, [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design|0 Comments

Engineering and Design of Concrete Anchor Bolts

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 [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Blog Posts, Design, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design|0 Comments

Concrete Anchor Bolts: Why These Little Components Are A Big Deal

  “Rack columns not anchored to the floor” is a major racking issue that OSHA frequently cites under the General Duty Clause of the OSH ACT which states employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” [...]

By | February 24th, 2017|Blog Posts, Design, Pallet Rack|0 Comments

Designing Your Warehouse And Storage Systems For Now – And For The Future

While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by purchasing just what you need for the present, ignoring your future warehousing needs can cost more in the long run in the form of temporary storage and limited efficiency. When planning your racking system, think about not only what suits your growing business now, but in the future [...]