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Capacities Charts

Pallet Rack Upright Capacity Chart
Pallet rack beam capacity chart

These are charts of Teardrop beam and upright capacities plus other useful information. They do not represent all manufactures and styles of rack.


Several factors come into play when determining the capacity of steel pallet racking systems:

Several factors come into play when determining the capacity of steel pallet racking systems:                                                                                                               

  1. Upright Frame Strength: The strength and thickness of the steel upright frames significantly influence the overall capacity of the racking system. Thicker, heavier-gauge steel frames can support higher loads.

  2. Beam Strength: The load capacity of the racking system is also determined by the strength and design of the horizontal beams that support the pallets. Beam capacity depends on factors such as beam length, beam profile, and beam connectors.

  3. Spacing Between Uprights: The distance between upright frames affects the load distribution across the racking system. Wider spacing requires stronger beams to support heavier loads.

  4. Beam Levels: The number of beam levels in the racking system impacts its overall capacity. Adding more beam levels allows for greater storage density but may reduce the load capacity of each level.

  5. Pallet Size and Weight: The size and weight of the pallets being stored directly influence the capacity of the racking system. Heavier pallets require stronger beams and upright frames to support them safely.

  6. Load Distribution: Properly distributing the load across the racking system is essential for maintaining its capacity and stability. Evenly distributing weight on each beam level helps prevent overloading and reduces the risk of structural failure.

  7. Racking Configuration: The layout and configuration of the racking system, including the use of additional bracing or cross beams, can affect its overall capacity and stability.

  8. Installation and Maintenance: Proper installation and regular maintenance of the racking system are crucial for ensuring its capacity and structural integrity over time.                                                                                                                                                                                               By considering these factors together, manufacturers and warehouse operators can determine the appropriate capacity for their steel pallet racking systems and ensure safe and efficient storage of goods.

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