One of the most important parts of a warehouse rack system is wire deck. Wire deck is a load-bearing mesh that is supported by metal beams or structures. In warehouse rack applications, wire deck is primarily used as a safety measure to prevent pallets or the products stored on them from falling through the rack structure. Choosing the right wire deck for your racking system is not a difficult task, but there are some things to consider before making your purchase.
Choosing the correct wire deck for your pallet racks
Wire deck doesn’t come in a one size fits all product. It’s very important to know the beam profile of your racking system when choosing the right wire deck for your application. Since pallet racks can be made from beams with different widths on the top, bottom and the step, it’s critical to note these dimensions to make sure you are getting the wire deck suited for you. When using wire deck as a preventative safety measure, it becomes even more important to match the beam profile.
There are two types of wire deck that are most common in warehouses and distributions centers today. Full step channel wire deck can handle the most capacity since it utilizes the leverage of the entire pallet rack beam. There is also a flange style wire deck that provides much more flexibility to use with different styles of rack.
If you are looking into full step channel wire deck, you need to take note of the measurement from the inside step on the front of your beam to the inside step on the read of the beam. This measurement gives you the proper channel length so the wire deck can be properly fitted on the step of the beam for support.
Again, flange style wire deck can not support as much weight as the full step version, although the benefits of flexibility can be beneficial if you have different size rack in your warehouse.
What about the waterfall?
There’s also different styles of how the wire deck sits on and extends off the structure itself. The waterfall refers to the portion of wire deck that usually drops off both the front and rear of the beams. A full waterfall will do just that, as something like a single waterfall will extend off one side, then fit into the step of the other side. There are also options that do not utilize a waterfall at all. Drop-in wire deck simply sits on top of the beam.
If you are in the process of fitting wire deck to your existing or planned rack structure, it’s smart to get the advice and help of an industry professional who specializes in warehouse pallet rack. At Culver Equipment, LLC, we have over 25 years of experience, working with some of the most profitable companies in the world today. As a consistent INC 500 honoree, you can trust the advice and guidance of one of the fastest growing companies in America.