Midwest Material Handling

Material Handling, Loading Dock and Storage Equipment Specialists

Old-Fashioned Service. Honesty. Integrity. Valued Products... Since 1995

Material Handling, Loading Dock and Storage Equipment Specialists

Old-Fashioned Service. Honesty. Integrity. Valued Products... Since 1995

Cantilever Rack-Layout, Design & Installation, New and Used (Ohio)

Cantilever Rack is a more specialized type of storage rack designed for the efficient storage of large, heavy or irregularly shaped items such as lumber, wood bunks, pipe, conduit, steel rod/bar stock and furniture. It is the second most common type of Storage Rack that we sell (behind standard Pallet Rack).

Cantilever Rack Systems are the ideal solution to manage loads of varying or unique lengths and proportions. They can be completely accessible from the front without any of the horizontal restrictions of traditional pallet rack. The entire length of the cantilever rack (and more) may be used for storage. For added flexibility, loads of differing lengths may be stored on the same rack and even at the same level. Furniture or carpet rolls are also efficiently stored and allows them to be removed without damage due to excessive maneuvering around vertical or horizontal obstructions. Cantilever Rack is relatively simple as it consists of three primary components…

Uprights: Cantilever Rack Uprights consist of a vertical column and a horizontal base which is bolted to the column and come in single-sided or double-sided configurations. They are built in many different heights and capacities. The overall capacity of the Uprights is generally determined by the overall weight capacity of the Arms. Mounting holes for the Arms are on 3″ centers. Upright Columns are pre-punched on both sides for conversion from single-sided to double-sided cantilever layouts. *NOTE: Holes are provided in the base to anchor the upright to the floor. Uprights must never be attached to walls, columns or other structures.

Arms: Cantilever Rack Arms come either straight or inclined design and come in a wide range of different capacities. The straight arms have a slight pitch to them of 3/8″ per foot, to accommodate for deflection (arms up to 48″L). The 54″L and 60″L arms have a minimum pitch of 5/8″ per foot. The incline arms have a pitch of 20 degrees or approximately 4.36″ per foot.

Brace Sets: The braces are structural channel members that are bolted between a pair of Uprights to provide proper spacing and to provide lateral stability to the racking system. A standard horizontal brace set is used on Uprights 6’H to 14’H. X-bracing is used to increase the lateral stability as well as proper spacing of the taller (15’H to 20’H) uprights. Many times these taller uprights require two brace sets, one at the top and one towards the bottom. On systems where the brace length exceeds 84″W, a two part wide horizontal brace set is used. Note: Brace sets are measured from the centerline of upright to centerline of the next upright and are sold in sets rather than individual pieces.

Factors to consider when designing a Cantilever Rack System:

  • What type of product are you storing?
  • What are the dimensions? Length x Width/Depth x Height
  • What does each load weigh?
  • Is the load stored on a pallet?
  • Will the load have any possible deflection between arms?
  • What is the number of products being stored?
  • How many loads will be stored per level? Will they double stack?
  • Do you want single-sided, double-sided or a combination?
  • What is the size of the area where the rack will be located (including length and height)?

Though custom built to your specific requirements, shipping lead times are often (2-3) weeks or less!

Allow our experienced team to provide custom layout, engineering as well as custom installation on all items.

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