If you need to store long, awkward, and bulky materials, you need a racking system that doesn't create vertical obstructions in the storage, you need Cantilever Racking.
The word cantilever means 'a beam which is anchored at only one end'. In a cantilever rack system, bases are anchored to the floor ready to connect to the unit's uprights, providing stabilisation for the racking system. The racking's columns/uprights connect to these bases and are installed with holes to allow the cantilever arms to be connected; this creates the storage levels.
Additionally, this method of racking is available with both single and double sided uprights, allowing for the system to be designed to meet your own bespoke requirements. The main advantage of this type of system is that it can be designed to virtually any length with high weight capacities. Braces can also be installed between the uprights in order to provide additional strength and rigidity.
The cantilever storage system is the optimum way to store long and heavy products. As such, this storage style is often found in timber yards and builder's merchants. Some of the materials that can be stored sheet materials, tubes, bars, and rods. Additionally, this type of racking can be modified with accessories such as overhead canopies to protect the stock from the elements, options for cladding to create protected areas, mesh and timber decking, additional support for heavy building materials, and finally you can modify the system with a diverse selection of painted and galvanised finishes to suit a variety of applications.
Simply put, a cantilever rack system allows businesses to store items that cannot be easily stored on a pallet racking system. In pallet racking, the vertical obstructions restrict the length of what can be stored in a pallet racking system. However, the strong uprights and cantilever arms allow for longer and heavier items such as timber or metal bars to be stored by laying them across multiple arms.
Additionally it's worthwhile noting that a cantilever system can still store pallets. So, depending on your business' needs, a cantilever rack could be configured in such a manner that you can store both pallets and large cumbersome items. Cantilever systems also have the advantage of being relatively easy to install and configure with the possibility for additional arms being added; providing businesses with the flexibility to store a range of objects in all shapes and sizes.
However, it is important to remember that there are disadvantages with this system. As the strength of the cantilever system comes from the length of the arms, you will need more rows of uprights to store inventory, resulting in narrow rows. This can be problematic for forklifts operating in the warehouse or storage area. That being said, this disadvantage can be mitigated by using multi-directional forklifts or side loaders, instead of the common front-driving forklift.
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