Guide for warehouse racking maintenance

Safety and maintenance are the two watchwords concerning any industry and warehouse is no exception. An efficient warehouse is a key to success; it is hence crucial that its racking should be in its prime condition. It is not just about regular cleaning, but continuous maintenance and regular checks. Records clearly picture that a well maintained warehouse’s storage facility results in better operational safety, boosting its productivity and efficiency.

With proper racking maintenance workers can easily perform their jobs with ease, minus delay nor injury, ensuring a smooth overall warehouse functioning. Worse is the effect of unsafe racking where poor shelving systems can create much more hazards that one could imagine of. The effects could be lost or troubled business opportunities, spoiled products, dissatisfaction from the company side, damage to reputation and brand. To avoid such circumstances of unsafe or faulty racking systems, it is mandatory to carry out regular checks for optimum performance.

This blog serves as a guide for warehouse racking maintenance by providing you some of the most common and useful tips to maintain your warehouse racking at its best.

Why is there a need for Warehouse Racking Maintenance & Inspection?

Though the warehouse racking is built with utmost durability, there could be unexpected glitches at any given point. Hence setting up a regular and scheduled maintenance or inspection plan is necessary for your warehouse racking system. Remember this is done not just to meet the safety of employees, rather to meet all the rules and regulations outlined by OSHA.

Never forget to overlook the following during rack inspections:

The first point to be kept in mind is that all proposed repairs has to be reviewed and approved by a rack design professional, supplier, manufacturer, or by an independent engineer. With no verdict from the engineer’s consent, there is absolutely no assurance that a particular inspection is perfectly done and is sound and safe to use.

Columns

 - In case if any of the columns has plumpness, it signals a great damage! Never ignore that. Never ignore any corner dents, which is double its size dangerous than the dents found on the column’s face or side.

Frame Bracing

 - Next advice is to look into shears, buckles, bends, loose, twists nor missing braces.

Row spacers and structural frame ties

 - Regularly inspect the ties and spacers.

Beams

 - Dents in beams? Even those less than 0.25 inch should be fixed. Note down their locations.

Column connectors and locking mechanisms.

 - Did you encounter any damage to tabs, bolts, studs, bolts or any other beam connectors? Have them fixed first.

Extra accessories

 - The crossbars, wire decks, crossbars and additional accessories should be in good condition too! Examine whether the anchors are tightly secured to the base plate.

Frame inspection

 - Those damages in the front and rear column due to pallet loading or forklifts should be fixed.

Bracing – Horizontals & Diagonals

 - A bent or missing horizontals & diagonals. It needs care right away.

Cross beam inspection in racking

 - No beams will have missing safety clips or bolts. Also inspect for the frontal damage or if there is any impact of bowing or bending of the cross beams.

Wire deck safety inspection

 - Regularly conduct reviews that each and every beam level have consistently distributed pallet loads. While doing so, scrutinize if there are any breaks, bending or  bowing in the mesh.

Drive-in rack

 - If there be any rail deformation, any missing or loose hardware in the drive-in rack, get it fixed then and there.

Push back rack

 Concerning the push back rails and carts, it is crucial to scrutinize whether there is proper alignment of rails, any missing or loose hardware, also if there is debris or any cleaning is required. Areas including alignment of carts, replacement of wheels, flow carts, needs concern too.

Never Forget That…

Make sure that the plates are well connected to the column and that there is absolutely no room for breaks, or snaps in the welds. Have a special eye on whether the anchor bolts are firmly installed and whether the nuts are torqued properly.

These fixes need to be done only by a professional hence never think of sorting them out yourself. This blog is just a guide. But to get it done, you need to hire a professional or a rack inspector. Never attempt to do it yourself. Making sure to insure that the warehouse follows standards and safety measures is crucial. Record maintenance is the next point of concern. As and when the inspection is carried out, make sure that the inspector is documenting everything and that the records are up to date.