Pallet Racking Glossary

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Aisle Guide: A barrier used to direct or limit movement in an aisle.

Anchoring: Lagging or fastening methods, used to secure columns, beams and ties.

Base Plate: Pad used to support a column and transfer column load to floor or ground.

Beam Connection: Device used to fasten shelf beam to column, wall etc.

Bracing: Restrictive supports used to limit movement in racks, uprights, shelves etc.

Buckling: The failure or collapse of a column generally caused by an added force.

Decking: Solid or perforated material used on shelves, load beams, or walkways to support loads of variable sizes.

Deflection: Distortion of column beam, tie, ect.. caused by a load or force.

Impact: The striking of one object against another. A load striking a beam or rack member.

Industrial Steel Storage Rack: A series of steel supports or beams connected together to form an assembly used to store industrial goods or material.

Live Load: Load being moved in or out of a rack system. Pallet load as opposed to dead load or weight of actual rack members.

Pallet Clearance: Clearance or unused space at sides, rear, and above loaded pallet.

Plumbness: The closeness of an upright or column to being vertical.

Rack Beam: A horizontal load support member in a rack system.

Rack Column: A vertical load support member in a rack system. A post.

Retrieval Device: Any device or mechanism used to select and pick up stored material from a rack. May be a manually operated fork truck or a completely computer controlled mechanism.

Safety Factor: Extra capacity designed into a system to cover unusual or extra demands on the system.

Skid: Steel or wood, movable unit load.

Uniformly Distributed Load: A load, as on a shelf, or pair of load beams, supported by all, or nearly all of the shelf or beam supporting surfaces.

Upright Frame: The vertically supporting assembly in a rack system. Generally consisting of 2 or more columns tied together with bracing members.

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