When the average person walks into a warehouse and sees pallet racks, they often think that there’s no way those things could move. To most people, pallet rack systems are like a furnace, in that they’re a part of the house. But if you’ve ever dealt with industrial pallet racks, you know that they’re really more like a refrigerator: difficult to move, yes, but meant to be moved if necessary.
Pallet racks are moveable, but that brings up a good question: why would you? While they’re certainly sturdy, all pallets racks are designed to come down if necessary. Let’s take a look at a few of the reason why they might need to be moved.
A More Efficient Design
Warehouse layout optimization can dramatically increase the amount of inventory a warehouse can hold. But many industrial shelves are put in too haphazardly and without the help of a warehouse layout expert.
If you want to make the most of every square foot of your warehouse, we can redesign the layout to make use of your current space. You might be surprised how moving your pallet racks can give you more space so that you can have even more pallet racks installed.
There are many reasons to replace pallet racking (see out blog “5 Reasons You Might Need To Replace Your Pallet Racking” right here. Sometimes it’s due to damage or wear, but other times pallet racks are replaced even though they’re still very usable. A company’s sales strategy might pivot and need a different type of rack, such as if they start selling to the public and need an industrial conveyor system installed. Other times a warehouse might change their material handling systems and forklifts and be able to get new pallet racks that are much taller than the previous ones.
What happens to the old racks? There a good market for them, and we can sell them here.
Many old warehouses have the simplest of concrete floors. But after a while, that simplicity can start to cause problems. Floors cracked, stain, and sometimes even let moisture in. They can also be much more slick than new types of flooring and could lead to employee injury. Be sure to read this blog for seven reasons a warehouse might get floor sealants applied.
If a new floor is being installed in the warehouse — even if it’s a simple epoxy coating — the pallet racking will have to be removed, or, at the very least, temporarily moved.
We admit it, there aren’t many times when cleaning a warehouse is going to necessitate the removal of an entire pallet rack system. Most racks have space so that they can be cleaned out underneath, especially if the lowest wire decking is removable. But it can be done, and might be done if a warehouse is about to be sold.
Do You Need Pallets Moved?
Having pallets moved can actually be a very good thing. When they’re moved, you can have them reassembled and inspected at the same time, ensuring that they’re safe and not about to collapse. Check out our racking inspection services right here!