Teardrop pallet racks refer to the cutout shape found in frames. This is the most popular and boltless style. Therefore it makes it very easy to move or replace a beam. A small clip secures the beams to the frames.
The biggest selling point for teardrop pallet racks is how easy they are to assemble. In addition, they fit most other major brands.
Manufacturing Teardrop Pallet Racks
A machine is used to punch holes and form the column from raw steel coils. Braces and footplates welded to the columns form a full upright.
A basic eight-foot upright typically has two diagonal braces. Taller uprights require additional bracing. Large footplates help keep rack structures sturdy in seismic areas.
How Much Teardrop Pallet Racking Do You Need?
The very first thing you need to do is to measure your space. In all cases, the length and width of your space determine how much racking you need.
Single Aisle Calculations
For small single-aisle spaces divide the length by width of the beams. So for example, if you have 60 feet of linear space and 8-foot beams are adequate for the weight of your pallets. Then 60/8 = 7.5 beams and that means that you will need at least 9 uprights for 7 bays.
Since each upright is about 3 inches, you will need 2 additional feet of space. In the final equation, using 9 uprights with 7 beams will take up 58.25 linear feet of space.
Multiple Aisle Calculations
The process is likely similar to that of single-aisle. However, you will need to account for aisle space. Aisle spacing should be determined using the turning radius of your forklift. Most standard aisles will be around 9 feet in width with slight variations.
Typically plan single aisles along walls but leave some space so that they do not directly touch the wall. In the middle, you can place aisles back to back.