Pallet Racking Without a Pallet?
Pallet rack storage is a warehouse staple. There are several styles and system configurations to meet every inventory requirement or order fulfillment need. However, the focus is often on finding the most space-efficient and productive method of storing palletized loads. What about non-palletized inventory that is still loaded and picked by a forklift… otherwise referred to as flat stock?
Fork Clearance Bar / Fork Entry Bar
This handy pallet racking accessory is an easy answer for flat stock not stored on pallets. Pallet racking can alternatively be equipped with wire racking or decking but that requires a more substantial investment and professional installation. Fork entry bars are attached to or simply placed over the front and rear beams of a selective pallet rack system to raise flat stock up above the beam level to allow for the forks of the truck to slide in and deposit or retrieve the load. A pair of bars should be substantial enough for a typical load. They are available for step, box, and structural beams and may require anchoring with tek screws.
Bars are constructed of steel with a tubular shape that creates a 2 1/2” gap between the pallet rack beam and the inventory.
The fork entry bars are an effective alternative to flat stock storage and allow for materials to be stored up and off the warehouse floor for better, safer flow of personnel and equipment.
The Apex team of experienced material handling professionals is ready to help you find the best storage solutions for all your inventory needs.
Contact the Apex team today to discuss your storage and order processing challenges. Whether you’re looking to expand, remodel, or build new, our experts are equipped to provide storage system design ideas, installation, warehouse safety auditing, and rack repair services.