Racking FAQ

Pallet rack is a material handling storage assistance system intended to store materials on pallets. Much as there is a variety of pallet racking, they all serve the purpose of storing palletized materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels.

Forklift trucks are usually required to place the loaded pallets onto the racks for storage. Pallet racks have become a universal element of most modern warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail centres, and other storage and distribution centres. All types of pallet racks from Krost Shelving and Racking increase the storage density of the stored goods.

Counterbalanced forklifts are the most utilized due to their high versatility. They can be used to load and unload pallets from the trucks, deposit or remove product from the racks and even streamline internal flows of goods. Although they’re used with all kinds of storage systems, they’re the go-to option for pallet racking.

Types of Pallet Rack Decking

    • Pallet Rack Wire Decking
    • Pallet Supports
    • Plywood Decking
    • Bar Grating Decking
    • Punch Decking
    • Corrugated Steel Decking with Cover Plate
    • Solid Steel Decking (or perforated) Shelf Pans
    • Pallet Flow Decking
    • Carton Flow Decking
  • Selective Racking: Selective pallet rack is the most popular and versatile pallet racking system in the industry. It provides efficient use of space and immediate access to every load stored using any type of forklift.
  • Drive-in Rack: Ideal for storing repeating products while increasing storage space, this storage unit allows a fork truck to enter from one side only to pick up or deliver pallets that rest on steady rails. A Drive in / Drive thru Racking system is utilized when a last-in, first-out system is applicable.
  • Carton Flow Rack: Ideal for small-quantity case picking, this system utilizes shelves equipped with rollers or wheels that allow product and materials to flow from the back of the rack to the front. Similar in concept but on a larger scale is pallet flow rack which uses conveyor wheel shelf sections that enable back-loaded pallets to flow by gravity to the front or pick face. Both carton flow rack and pallet flow are ideal when a first-in/first-out system is applied.

Yes, we do. We do have various partners that finance racking as either a rental or lease to own. Please discuss our available options with one of our consultants

Our products are designed specific to our clients’ requirements. Beams (the orange supports) can handle any load from 200 kg up to 8,000 kg per beam level and more in extreme cases. With regards to the frames (the blue uprights), they are designed according to the number of beam levels and the weight threat each beam level is carrying. The openings between beam levels also have a significant impact on the carrying capacity of the frames. Our standard frames can carry up to 40,000 KG however we can make use of composite frames to increase their carrying capacity.

The purpose of a Locking Pin or Safety Pin is to secure the beam into place. Should a force be applied upwards on the bottom of the beam by a forklift or any other material handling equipment (MHE) then the safety pin will resist the force to ensure that the beam does not clip out. The safety pin is designed to fail once the force is too great, this will prevent the racking from falling over

Different forklifts have different turning circles, and the manufacture will specify a safe aisle width. Standard counterbalance forklifts usually require an aisle of 3.5 meters (3500 mm). Our consultants will assist in determining the ideal aisle size for your material handling equipment

Yes, Krost Shelving and Racking does supply a variety of Decking. The requirement for decking is based on the nature of your product. Products stored on conventional pallets do not require decking as the pallet is supported by the beams. Should you have loose products that are not palletised they you will require decking. Krost Shelving and racking offers a host of decking options from open or closed timber decking, pin striped decks to grated steel decks for heavy loads.

Drive-in Racking is a high-density storage solution for storing pallets. The design eliminates Aisle thereby maximising the usable floor space and height in your warehouse. Pallets are stored in lanes and can be rotated on a first in last out or first in first out basis depending on how many aisles you include in your design. the more aisle the more flexibility you will have but it comes at a cost of reducing the number of pallets stored. this solution is best suited for clients with large volumes of the same product (SKUs). Drive-in Racking with aisle on both sides of the block is also known as Drive-through racking.

The maximum heigh is dependent on several factors. The first restriction will be the building heights (roof height). The second consideration will be the loading capacity of the warehouse floor. Krost Shelving and Racking pride ourselves in maximising the usable floor space and roof height and have multiple installations exceeding 20 meters high. Another limitation is the maximum lifting height of the Material Handling Equipment (MHE). Our design team will assist in finding the best solution for your specific warehouse

All Krost Shelving and Racking’s Racking and Shelving products are proudly designed and manufactured in South Africa

Orange and Blue are international safety colours for Racking solutions. The reason that beams are predominantly orange is that as orange gets further away from the observer the darker the orange becomes. This assists Material Handling Equipment operators in judging distance and depth assisting in safe operations in the warehouse.  Frames are generally blue. Unlike orange, blue does not have the same effect as orange by getting darker with distance, this too contributes to assisting the operator in having a better depth perspective

Shelving FAQ

If you need a simple storage system for your warehouse/storage facility, industrial shelving is the way to go. From simple steel shelving to mobile aisle shelving, Krost Shelving and Racking offers easy solutions to your storage needs.

We examine your space and look at our overview, then determining the product you need is simple for our shelving expects. Understanding the loads and items you are hoping to store is important to choosing the right shelving you need. With a quick rundown of the types of shelving Krost manufactures and supplies, we can help you maximize the storage space you have.

  • Pay Attention to Installation and Maintenance:

After installation, you also need to be vigilant about its regular maintenance schedule. Again, Krost Shelving and Racking can provide advice on this, but you can also do your part by outlining a maintenance checklist for your industrial shelving.

  • Secure The Tall Shelves:

Shelving should be bolted to each other as well as on the floor and wall. Also, shelves should have a depth-to-height ratio of 1:6 or lower as securing industrial shelving with inadequate depth can be difficult.

  • Put Heavy Loads to Lower Shelves:

It is best practice to always load heavier items or pallets on the lower shelves. Meanwhile, move the lighter objects to the higher shelves. Not only can this setup help with easier loading and unloading of items, but it also ensures the safety of workers.

  • Follow Weight Limits:

Putting too much weight on shelves beyond their recommended weight limit is a sure way to set your industrial warehouse up for a disaster. Even if the racks and shelves appear to be holding the weight without apparent damage, the supplementary strain puts the whole structure at risk of collapsing.

  • Training And Re-Training Workers

Your workers are the ones most at-risk of any industrial shelving accident. However, worker mishandling can also easily contribute to accidents, injury, or damage.

Moreover, it won’t hurt you to re-train all employees in general safety procedures, at least once a year.

Mezzanine Floor FAQ

A mezzanine is an intermediate level or levels between the floor and ceiling of any story in accordance with Section 505 of the International Building Code. Mezzanine meaning derives from the Italian word mezza which means “half” or “middle.”

Steel mezzanines and equipment platforms can be designed to be free standing structures with bolt-together construction for easy to assembly inside an existing building. This makes steel the best choice for adding a mezzanine floor to an existing space.

A mezzanine floor is an elevated platform that sits above your existing industrial space. It can be used for a variety of purposes, such as additional storage, office space, or even a customer lounge.

The uses and configurations of mezzanine floors vary depending on the goals and objectives of a company. And because it is elevated, it doesn’t take up any valuable retail space on the ground level.

A simple answer is yes. Incorporating two or more floor levels rather than just one multi-tier mezzanine is an ideal solution for those looking to increase usable floor space by an ample amount. Although storey numbers will depend on available height space, this is a solution that provides significant space usage, and the cost is fractional in comparison to a building extension.

Yes. Many businesses and organizations use mezzanine flooring as a structure for additional working space for machines and workers. Krost Shelving and Racking will ensure that your mezzanine floor meets building regulations and can perform the loading calculations.

You need to consider additional costs such as fire protection, emergency lighting, smoke alarms and relevant safety signs.

Generally, you don’t need planning permission from your local authority to erect a mezzanine floor.

Wire-Mesh Shelving FAQ

One of the best benefits of Krost’s wire shelving is the ability to use add-on shelves to increase your storage capacity without a costly remodel or completely overhauling your shelving. Our add on shelves connect to the side of your standard wire shelves to enhance your storage capacity.

Krost’s Wire Mesh Lockers are stronger than typical lockers, without being much heavier. This makes them the ideal choice to store small- to medium-sized equipment which is heavy or difficult to store in traditional lockers. Outside size of the lockers is: 1.8m high x 0.45m deep x 0.32m wide. They are made of 50x50x3mm wire, which is large enough to view what is inside (taken from the wire-mesh product page)

Hospital or medical storage is varied, with a range of functionality requirements. Among the need to store a plenty of items, organization and cleanliness are crucial. Hospitals and medical facilities searching for the ideal storage solution need look no further than a simple, versatile, sleek, clean, multi-purpose storage system: Krost wire shelving solutions.

Wire shelving or wire cabinets can provide multi-purpose storage in the medical atmosphere. Below are the benefits of installing a wire shelving for hospital/medical storage are discussed in detail, allowing medical providers to choose the proper system for their staff.

  • Diverse Configuration Capabilities.

Each shelf is barricaded with a strong mesh pattern and support wires. Due to the simple construction, Krost’s wire shelves can be constructed according to the necessity of the storage room, medical office, etc. disregarding of the specific storage need, wire shelving allows for diverse configuration within the medical space.

  • Cold Storage Functionality & Cleanliness.

Wire shelving allows for ventilation like no other storage system. The wire mesh shelving allows for flow-through ventilation around every level, and every storage container.

  • Clean, Sleek Appearance.

Although beauty in a warehouse nor in a hospital setting is often not prioritized, storing your items with a clean, sleek display is absolutely preferred in health and safety.

  • Extreme Capacity.

For the plain fact that wire shelving cabinets are expandable to whatever size you want them to be, this gives you the versatility of increasing and reducing the size to whatever capacity you need them to store your products.

Casters and wheels can only be added on wire shelving racks to make them mobile/movable. Wire shelving cabinets however do not use casters, they can either be wall-mounted or stand alone.