Dealer Portal Blog

June 24, 2014

8 Facts About Pallet Supports

Flanged Pallet Racking Systems Support from DAK
flanged crossbar

Flanged Crossbar

1.  While manufacturers may publish capacities for their pallet supports, they don’t actually add capacity to the beam level.**

2.  Like wire decking, pallet supports are not designed for point or impact loading. Uniform distributed loading is the rule.

3.  Again like wire decking, pallet supports are designed as a safety measure to prevent pallets from falling through the beams if loaded incorrectly. The beams should always support the pallet.

4.  A good rule-of-thumb is that crossbars are only intended to carry 25% of the pallet weight.

5.  Beams longer than 90″ should have one pallet support mid-span to prevent beam spreading.

tabbed crossbar

Tabbed Crossbar

6.  Tabbed or roll-in crossbars are for use with slotted beams.

7.  Flanged or top-hat pallet supports are for use with beams without slots and can be tek-screwed in place to prevent sliding.

8.  Crossbars are manufacturer-specific due to differences in slot punching and step depths.

**Note:   Number 1 is true for roll-formed rack. Structural crossbars do add capacity due to how they are designed and installed. If you’d like to know more, give me a call at 630-516-1115 or  email me at


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