Dealer Portal Blog

September 15, 2017

Why RMI Rack Certification Matters

You may have noticed that a lot of inexpensive racking material has been hitting the market lately. Here at DAK we think that’s a good thing–we welcome competition. That said, all rack manufacturers are not created equal.

The Rack Manufacturer’s Institute promotes the safe design and use of storage racks and wire decks research, testing, preparation of specifications, education and more. In fact, The RMI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited developer of storage rack standards and administers the R-Mark Certification Program.

Why is R-Mark Certification important?


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Here’s Why.

You may have noticed like we did that most of the priced-too-good-to-be-true rack sellers don’t offer and won’t give you capacity charts. As the picture demonstrates, knowing how much the rack can hold is pretty important.  Rack sold without capacities and without testing by the professionals at RMI may not hold what is placed on it, making the inexpensive rack pretty pricey in the long run to those using it and those who sold it.

That’s why everything we stock for you is manufactured by RMI certified companies.


How to Ensure You’re Getting the Good Stuff

One of the biggest reasons I started working at DAK Equipment was the reputation of the company.  I’m proud to be working with a team that’s been a trusted supplier for over two decades.  Knowing the reputation of your suppliers can go a long way towards your peace of mind and knowing you’re getting the best rack systems for the price.

Other factors to consider are:

  • Capacity Charts. As I mentioned above, if you can’t get the capacities, the rack is probably not RMI certified and may not even be new.
  • Does the Manufacturer have an R-Mark? You can check the list of certified companies on the RMI Website here.
  • Is the Rack New? While RMI does a little hand-waving about used and surplus rack, the truth is that the capacity of used rack may not meet requirements. Also, if you read the fine-print from any rack manufacturer, you’ll find that the warranty is waived if you mix their stuff with other brands.

We’ve all had customers that shop exclusively on price, and while price is an important piece of the puzzle, considering it to the exclusion of everything else–especially safety–just isn’t a very good idea.


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