A successful pallet rack installation in a warehouse and materials handling situation takes thorough planning and site arrangement. This chapter outlines the most crucial aspects of defining and installing conventional industrial pallet racks in an enclosed warehouse setting.
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Whether acquiring a new or used warehouse storage system, always negotiate with qualified trained personnel to install the pallet racking. Enlist the resources of a qualified pallet rack company to provide guidance on design, layout, and specifications. Ask that a copy of their insurance documents be included in the quote.
Special care must be taken when inspecting warehouse floors prior to signing a contract. Older structures may not meet federal, state and local building floor loading codes. In addition, it is not uncommon to have other “surprises” hidden beneath the floor, sub-floor and foundation such as drainage pipes, utility conduit and missing rebar. Existing structures may be subject to retrofit or found to be inadequate to withstand a fully loaded pallet rack and the warehouse traffic guide associated with the layout.
Maximum floor loading capacities vary by the manufacturer. Expect some quotes to include add-ons to account for reinforcement requirements to meet your storage load and disperse the floor loading with anchor pads and control lateral movement with anchor rack uprights, anchor bolts, and rigid wall spacers.
Document the goals of the site inspection and stick to them. Create a punch list for items that must be corrected and obtain sign-off from the installation supervisor.
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Easy Rack’s DC Powered Hydraulic box lifts are user-friendly portable hydraulic lifts provide reliable, powerful lifting when moving and positioning loads. Economical and attractive, they’re ideal for commercial or industrial uses. Features removable chrome platform for operations requiring forks. Manual hydraulic foot pump yields 3/4” of platform travel per stroke. Non-slip chain is used for accurate positioning. Units roll easily on two rigid and two swivel polyurethane casters and include a foot-operated brake. Not for use with pallets. All welded steel construction with chrome platform and uprights. Each fork is 41/”W x 21/”H, the fork length is the same as the platform length. Design features include chrome-plated handle and supports, removable solid platform, heavy-duty lifting chain, and foot pedal features an anti-slip sleevem.
There are few things more frustrating for a truck driver than entering an address to find that there is no equipment available for unloading their contents. By buying a truck hitch crane that can be attached to your pickup trucks trailer hitch in order to make loading and unloading simple, you can increase your distribution performance, and also make life much easier for operators.
Fitting a hitch crane to your truck means that your driver will be able to offload anywhere, and have a much greater control over all aspects of the distribution of material.
Hitch-Mounted Truck Jib Crane easily mounts in standard Class III or higher 2″ receivers. Installation and use require no modifications to the receiver or truck. Hitch crane may be adjusted for best use in all conditions. Maximum uniform lifting capacity is 600 pounds. Manual hand brake winch with 25 feet of 3/16″ diameter cable and lifting hook included. Offset upright design does not restrict tailgate use while installed. Crane may be installed on either side of the truck as needed. Rugged, welded steel construction with powder-coat black finish.
Our Electric hydraulic box tipping hoppers are manufactured for controlled dumping of material from boxes, crates, and other types of containers. Lowered height of only 3/8″ allows for forklift pallet loading and unloading. Retaining bar adjusts every 2″ to fit a wide selection of container heights. Maximum rotation is 135 degrees yielding a 45-degree dumping angle. Box tipping hoppers may be halted at any point during the dump cycle.
Metal Dumping Chute reach is 10″ when fully rotated. Internal 2HP power unit and handheld control standard (5.5 HP power unit on 6,000-pound models). Safety mesh side screens included. Heavy-duty welded steel construction. The standard-duty cycle equals the maximum 15 starts per hour in a typical environment. The duty cycle is calculated by starts per hour or number of times the “up” button is pushed. Jiggling (bouncing of the chute) is NOT recommended.
Electric Hydraulic Box Tipping Hopper Benefits”
Commercial quality, 56 frame, 2 HP motor delivers best torque with minimal amperage draw and maximum life.
Voltage – 460 Volt, 60 cycle, 3 phase. Options available
Cast iron pump with integral valving including pressure relief valve, check valve, down solenoid valve and pressure compensated flow control valve.
24 Volt, fused control circuit to protect the worker.
Hydraulic Actuators have internal safety velocity fuse w/stainless steel spring for emergency lockup.
Portable Steel Hoppers, series ERP-HOP make handling trash, debris, tear off and bulk material safer and more convenient. Fork truck entry openings are designed to move hopper over rough terrain. Usable fork pockets are 7″ x 2″ on 21-5/8″ centers (11-5/8″ fork pocket center for 1/2 cubic yard capacity model only). Foot operated caster lock is included. A cable operated from the seat of the fork truck manually dumps the Hooper. Units must be attached to fork truck when dumping. Handle for transporting. Welded construction makes them durable. Blue baked-in powder-coated toughness with galvanized base. Optional model ERPLID-H heavy duty poly lids, model ERLEKP welded leak proof seams, model ERH-DPLG-75 3/4″ drainage plug or ERH-DPLG-2 a 2″ drainage plug, leak proof seams included with drainage plugs.
Easy Rack’s edge of dock leveler permanently installs to face of dock. It is designed for docks to be at least forty-eight (48) inches high. When the trailer pulls away, the lip drops automatically behind the face of the bumpers. Concrete recess is not required. It comes complete with 2″ x 8″ x 18″ dock bumpers and installation manual. Standard ramping is twenty-nine (29) inches, (29-13/16″ with 30,000 lb. capacity), with a (36-5/8″) inch long ramping length available for smaller grade. A steel dock edge, or approach ramp is required for proper installation.
Our mechanical dock leveler is operated by placing the actuation handle into the pocket of the inner lip and pulling down toward the floor. The worker then pushes the handle forward until the lip rests on the truck bed. As the trailer leaves, the lip retracts behind the bumper face automatically.
Our manual hydraulic hand pump system is used to lift the leveler and extend the lip. The employee activates the lowering valve permitting the deck to come down and rest upon the trailer. Hydraulic dock leveler comes complete with hand pump, wall-mount brackets, cylinder, 15 feet of hydraulic line and oil. Truck must pull away from dock for leveler to return to stored position.
Our electric hydraulic edge of dock leveler is simple to operate. After the truck is backed against the dock, push and hold the control button. The leveler raises and the lip will extend. 115V, 1-phase power standard. Electric dock leveler comes complete with motor, pump, control box, cylinder, lines, and oil. Truck must pull out for leveler to return to stored position.
Commercial Steel Overhead Gantry Cranes are designed for placing materials along the beam’s length. Solid steel construction will offer years of service. Enables easy mobility from one area to another with four (4) 8″ swivel casters with four-position locks. 2K-4K models have glass filled nylon casters, 6K-8K models have phenolic casters, and 10K model has steel casters. Easy Rack Gantry Cranes less expensive and more flexible than permanent cranes. Benefits include quick setup design. Manufactured for semi-permanent or permanent applications. Crane needs assistance from forklift to set-up. Do not move crane while loaded. Painted blue finish. Hoist and trolley sold separately.
Unusual performance, convenience and safety features are built into every telescopic lifting boom forklift attachment. Manufactured from structural steel with welding to meet AWS standards and produces a safe and durable lifting boom that offers many years of service.
Telescopic lifting booms come with an infinitely adaptable locking screw (except orbit booms which features a locking detent). Fork pockets for 3,000 and 4,000 pound capacity boom models measure 7-1/2″W x 2-1/2″H usable. Usable fork pockets are 7-1/4″W x 2-1/4″H for 6,000 and 8,000 pound uniform capacity models. A 36″ safety restraint chain secures the boom to the forklift for safe operation. Each unit includes two lifting hooks.
Easy Rack’s forklift fork extensions have the extra support needed to lift long or large material with a forklift. All fork extension models are manufactured with a welded steel construction. Models with prefix ERFE-4, ERFE-5 and ERFE-6 have cast steel tips, while models with prefix ERFE-7 and ERFE-8 have a tapered cut front end. Steel retaining strap (loop style*) prevents fork extensions from sliding off forks during use.
Baked-in powder coat finish for added toughness. OSHA regulations require that fork extensions are no more than 150% of the existing fork length. (e.g. 48″ existing forks, the fork extension should not exceed 72″). Maximum uniform capacity is 4,000 pounds evenly distributed per pair.
Standard Loop Style: Insert loop at the tip of the fork and slide it up at a 45 degree angle then lay it down over the existing fork.
Pin Style (suffix P): Remove pin and lay extension over fork or drive fork truck into the extension. Re-insert the pin behind the heel of the fork to secure fork extension.
Rear Spacer (model: ERFE-RS): Load pallets into rear of trailer conveniently and easily. Practical for pushing pallets two or three deep into a trailer. This option is factory installed and must be ordered with fork extensions.
Our self dumping hoppers feature a full 90 degrees dump angle with a cushioned rubber bumper stop. The low profile design is key for convenient loading. Dumping with a forklift is fast and easy. A cable is pulled from the seat of the forklift to dump the hopper. The hopper returns to an upright and locked position when lowered to the ground.
A safety chain restraint is provided to secure the hopper to the forklift. 22″ L usable fork pockets measure 7″W x 2″H. Formed base thickness is 1/4″. Blue baked-in powder-coated toughness with a galvanized base. H-25 and H-50 models can be stacked, as well as, the H-100 and H-150 models. Never stack hoppers more than 3 high. Must be attached to fork truck when dumping.