Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we do - Stakapal’s in-house installation teams are all SEIRS (Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme) registered from Advanced Skills through to Site Management capability. Our Dedicated Technical Engineers will visit your site providing a free site racking survey service guiding you through the complete process from concept to completion.

Racking with a galvanised finish is normal for external applications and will last much longer outside. Any new racks you purchase should be designed to suit this environment with a galvanised finish.

 

The inspection checks for external racking are similar to internal racking; however, the design and the protection coating can be significantly different.

 

Stakapal design the racking to ensure that it is acceptable for the additional wind loading and the racking is installed by trained installers who are members of SEIRS (Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme). The design often requires the use of different floor fixings and possibly also base plates (for Pallet Racking) compared to the standard fixings used on internal racking.

 

The normal painted finish provides very little corrosion protection for external racking which therefore rusts in quite a short period of time. Some companies produce beams or arms that are not painted internally and can rust from the inside out.

        

A competent ‘third party’ rack inspector, preferably a SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector), might be able to give an opinion as to whether the racking will last for another year or whether it needs to be replaced.

 

Racking with a galvanised finish is normal for external applications and will last longer outside. Any new rack purchased for an external environment should be designed to suit this environment with a galvanised finish.

 

Our Dedicated Technical Engineers will visit your site providing a free site racking survey service guiding you through the complete process from concept to completion. 

To be able to ascertain how to meet your needs we require a series of questions answered as follows:

 

  1. What product/s are you storing?
  2. What is the product length?
  3. What is the product width?
  4. What is the product height?
  5. What is the product weight?
  6. How are you going to load the rack i.e., handloaded or mechanical?
  7. If mechanically loaded what type of truck are you using?
  8. How high will your truck lift?
  9. How much weight will your truck lift?
  10. What surface do you have? (you need concrete to install racking on)
  11. Is this for internal or external use?
  12. What is the area size of the space where you want to install your racks?

 

The full process involves discussions with our sales team as to your exact requirements, if however, for example, you only require a couple of bays of Cantilever Racking then we can often prepare a desk bound quotation based from your answers to the above questions.

 

For larger enquiries, we obviously need to take into consideration how much racking is required, whether you are having it installed or ‘delivered only’ as well as making the necessary arrangements for our in-house installers to come to your site if installation is required. One of our Technical Engineers will usually need to measure the site and check that the surface where you want to install the racking is suitable or advise you how to prepare the area (which ultimately has to be concrete). We provide a comprehensive quotation and discuss the layout with you, and once you have ordered we will provide a technical drawing of the design where appropriate.

Stakapal Cantilever Racking Arms have a tapered structure with a simple wedge pin system that maximises adjustability and makes arm relocation very quick and easy. This means that you are able to adjust arm levels to suit the changing stock profiles on your warehouse or yard.

 

Care must be taken when adjusting any racking you may have on your site and It is obviously important that when making any adjustments that you adhere to the loading capacity that the racks were originally designed for. You will find this information on the load label provided when the racking structure was first installed, this should be displayed on the column at the end of your racking run/s.

Stakapal 2000 Series Conventional Pallet Racking Beams are is easily adjustable to accommodate changing stock profiles whilst ensuring direct access to individual pallets. As we offer an unrivalled choice of beams connected via 3 different types of connector, we can ensure a storage solution whatever your requirement.

 

Care must be taken when adjusting any racking you may have on your site and It is obviously important that when making any adjustments that you adhere to the loading capacity that the racks were originally designed for. You will find this information on the load label provided when the racking structure was first installed, this should be displayed on the post at the end of your racking bay/s.

Yes, Stakapal’s hot-dipped Galvanised Cantilever Racking for external applications can also be supplied with a canopy roof for additional protection from the elements. It should be noted however that the degree of protection afforded depends on the location of the rack in the yard w.v.t, the prevailing wind and the location w.v.t, other buildings and structures in the vicinity. Most local authorities will deem that the rack when fitted with a canopy roof is subject to a planning application.

 

Single sided racks may also be subject to Building Control as they rely on their fixity at the base to resist overturning forces from the wind loading. Double sided racks are not subject to the same issue and technically do not need fixing. They are therefore free-standing structures and do not need to be controlled.

 

Traditionally utilised by Timber and Builders merchants who have a large requirement for storing Carcassing Timber, a canopy roof is frequently requested as part of the installation in yard areas. We work with the customer to find the most cost-effective solution; for example, it may be that as a merchant the customer is supplying sheeting as part of their stock range and they may wish to purchase the canopy components themselves. Our installation team will then install the agreed design specification alongside the Cantilever Racking installation. 

NO – they are not allowed under UK or European design codes. This is because they can lead to racks being lifted and overturned by mechanical handling equipment during unloading. Shear of the pin can however lead to beam dislodgement which is the most frequent cause of local collapse in Pallet Racking systems. Operator training to recognise these situations and not withdraw their forks supporting the load is essential. Where this does not occur then the regular inspection regime implemented by the Warehouse Manager is the next line of defence in spotting and isolating such beams to prevent collapse.

 

Stakapal’s SR2000 Series Pallet Racking Beam Locking Pins are specifically designed to shear and dislodge from an upright should the beam be lifted during unloading.

 

Care must be taken when adjusting any racking you may have on your site and It is obviously important that when making any adjustments that you adhere to the loading capacity that the racks were originally designed for. You will find this information on the load label provided when the racking structure was first installed, this should be displayed on the frame at the end of your racking bay/s.

 

(The SEMA code of practice for the use of static Pallet Racking recommends that any missing locking devices should be replaced immediately to prevent accidental dislodging of the beams and that a supply of beam locking devices is held on site.

 

EN15635 states that “beams shall be locked in position as prescribed by the rack supplier.”

 

SEMA recommends using only the manufacturers approved locks as the strength of nuts and bolts is not known. Some may be weaker than required whereas some may be stronger. If a nut and bolt is used the bolt may have a greater shear value than the ½ tonne mentioned and in addition will restrain the connector close to the upright so the connector will be wedged into the slots of the upright. Most trucks will lift well over the ½ tonne design force and eventually will tear the connector away from the upright causing substantial damage in the process. This can often reduce the remaining upright section to the level that it cannot carry the imposed load and so also collapses.

 

Sometimes a nut and bolt fix is used as a cure for a symptom, without addressing the underlying cause, which might be poor driving techniques, or lack of clearances causing repeated impacts of a back beam etc. SEMA recommend that an experienced engineer, normally from the rack manufacturer, be requested to look at the problem and make their specific recommendations in this area.)

Cantilever Racking is an industrial storage system manufactured in heavy duty steel and used in warehouses and yards for storing long lengths of product in particular timber, panel products, laminates, metals and PVCu extrusions. Whatever long products you are storing Stakapal are able to advise you how to maximise the available storage area with a cantilever racking solution specific to your requirements.

Our tapered arms are available in a wide range of lengths from 600mm up to 2100mm, depending upon bespoke requirements. Our most common arm lengths are 1220mm and 2100mm which are widely used in the Timber and Panel Products industries. Arm loadings are available from between 500kgs to 2000kgs.

Pallet Racking is an industrial storage system primarily of frames and beams manufactured from cold rolled steel sections for storing palletised products. Whatever products you wish to store Stakapal will advise you how to maximise the available storage area and exactly which pallet racking solution will specifically meet your requirements.

Pallet Racking consists primarily of frames and beams. A frame comprises two upright posts connected together by a series of diagonal and horizontal braces. Pallet Racking bays have many differing beam levels dependent upon the height of the pallet. Bays are created by connecting a number of frames together with two or more pairs of beams per bay creating three storage levels.

 

Single bays are not generally recommended due to the reduced stability and should be avoided whenever possible. The capacity of a bay depends on the position of the beams within that bay. The greater the vertical distance apart, the lower the capacity of the bay. Bays that contain only one pair of beams are also inherently less stable and should be avoided wherever possible. Our Technical Engineers will assess your specific storage requirements and our comprehensive range of rack frames and beams ensure there is a solution from Stakapal for any storage challenge customers may have.

As Stakapal offer 3 differing post types it enables us to offer an extensive range of racking frame load capabilities. The most common beam length used in the UK is 2700mm. This accommodates two 1200mm wide UK pallets stored side by side with a 75mm clearance either side of the pallet.

 

The Pallets are 1000mm deep and stored on 900mm deep frame allowing 50mm overhang front and back. It is also possible to store the pallets 1200mm deep to allow the rack to be used to store a combination of UK and Euro pallets.

When you have a storage requirement for hand loading and unloading long lengths of product such as Timber, PVCu profiles and plastic drainage pipes Pigeon Hole Racks offer the perfect solution. Rather than using stacking equipment, product is loaded/unloaded by hand offering ease of access. Whatever long products you wish to store in this format Stakapal are able to advise you how to maximise the available storage area with a bespoke Pigeon Hole Racking solution.

When you have a storage requirement for hand loading and unloading long lengths of product such as Timber, PVCu profiles and plastic drainage pipes Pigeon Hole Racks offer the perfect solution. Rather than using stacking equipment, product is loaded/unloaded by hand offering ease of access. Whatever long products you wish to store in this format Stakapal are able to advise you how to maximise the available storage area with a bespoke Pigeon Hole Racking solution.

If you have a requirement for storing long or awkward lengths of product from 2.5m up to 6m in your warehouse such as Timber, PVCu profiles or Pipes and Tubes for hand selection, A-Frame Racking offers the perfect storage solution. Whatever long products you are storing Stakapal are able to advise you how to maximise the available storage area with a bespoke Vertical Racking solution specific to your requirements.

This type of racking system is used for storing items vertically while the item’s length rests on the sloped frame and is often referred to as A-Frame Racking as it resembles the letter A. Vertical Storage Racks maximise the available floor space especially in dedicated pedestrian areas ensuring lengths of timber and other long lengths of product are readily accessible.

It can be configured as Single Sided for storing against a wall or Double Sided should you have a little more available floor space. This is an ideal storage solution for hand-picked items which in turn minimises the risk from moving mechanical handling equipment increasing on site safety. It offers fully adjustable compartment widths ensuring staff can accommodate differing stock profiles for display and selection purposes as well as improving overall ease of access to individual product ranges.

If you have a requirement for storing fixtures and fittings, industrial small parts, small boxed items etc for hand selection, our Widespan/Longspan Shelving Racking offers the perfect storage solution. Whatever products you are looking to store in this format in either your warehouse, store room or in a retail merchandising environment - Stakapal will ensure we supply a storage solution that fully meets your individual needs.

Our SR500 Series range offers an almost unlimited range of storage and merchandising opportunities which can be tailored to individual customer requirements. The system gives the flexibility to change the Rack Frame heights as well as the depth should there be changes in the range of products being stored. An almost unlimited range of storage and merchandising opportunities are available as the system can also be fully integrated with our Gondola Shelving Racking System to give an Integrated Retail System.