Pallet Racking Terminology
The following are some terms that are related to pallet racking:
Bay: A bay is a portion of a storage unit, which could be a shelf or rack.
Bracing: A bracing is a support that limits the movement allowed on a rack or a shelf. Bracings prevent structural damage to the warehouse storage unit.
Deck: The deck is the surface, top or bottom, of a pallet. A pallet deck can be made of one or many boards.
Decking: Decking is the surface of a shelf, rack, or walkway. Decking can be solid or may have small holes in it.
Live Load: A live load is a pallet or
other object that is being added to or taken from a warehouse storage unit.
Pallet Clearance: Pallet clearance is how much space is available beside, behind, or above a pallet.
Pallet Design System: Pallet Design System, or PDS, is a computer program that determines the physical ability of a pallet. PDS provides guidelines for the maximum carrying capacity, expected performance, and anticipated lifespan of pallets that are made from wood.
Row Spacers: Row spacers can be added to a shelf or a rack that will be storing pallets back-to-back. Row spacers help keep the loaded pallets straight, and they increase the strength and stability of the storage unit.
Selective Pallet Racking: Selective pallet racking is a method of storage that places pallets only one deep on storage units. This method requires multiple levels of vertical storage space, but it is a quick and easy way to free up warehouse floor space.
Skid: A skid is a pallet that does not have a deck on the bottom.