Pallet Rack Identification Guide
How To Identify Pallet Racking
Pallet rack is constructed of upright frames and cross beams. Many times the pallet rack brands will be stamped onto the product helping you too easily identify the pallet rack manufacturer. This pallet rack identification guide serves to help you identify selective pallet rack not pallet racking systems such as drive in or pallet flow racks.
There are certain distinct features that pallet rack manufacturers design their pallet rack with, that we can use to help us identify what it is. A quick note that there is a difference between pallet rack styles and pallet rack brands. There are several pallet racking brands that manufacture teardrop pallet rack. You have to look at some of the details to determine which brand it is.
What Are the Different Types of Pallet Rack?
There are several different types or “styles” of pallet rack. The main style is going to be teardrop pallet rack. There are several different manufacturers that produce teardrop pallet racking systems. Most of these teardrop racks will play nice with each other. Manufacturers have also changed their designs over the years and may not be pictured above. To tell the difference you can use the images above, or send us the pictures.
Keystone/Republic pallet rack also is produced by several manufacturers over the years. There are still manufacturers that will produce it today but has lost a lot of popularity to the teardrop pallet rack.
There are other rack styles of that are unique to a particular manufacturer. Some of them are still in business and some of them are not. For example Ridg-U-Rak slotted will only work with itself. Ridg-U-Rak Slotted is still produced today and is a great quality product.
How to Identify Structural Style Pallet Racking
Structural pallet rack is another style of racking available. Structural racking is made with hot rolled c-channel steel and the beams will bolt onto the uprights. There are several manufacturers that make structural pallet rack and they can be hard to distinguish the difference between brands.
How to Identify Speedrack Pallet Racking
Speedrack manufactures two styles of pallet rack:
Teardrop pallet rack: This is by far the most popular style that they make. It has a closed tube column and is easily identified by the galvanized beam lock going over the top of the beam lock
Speedrack style: This used to be the most popular product but has given way to the teardrop rack. They will still produce it to match an existing racking system. Speedrack style is easily identified by the picture above.
Speedrack also produces structural pallet rack
How to Identify Ridg-U-Rak Pallet Racking
Ridg-U-Rak manufacturers 3 different kinds of pallet rack.
Ridg-U-Rak Slotted: Ridg u rak slotted is easily identified by the picture above and is still made today.
Ridg-U-Rak Teardrop pallet racking: is also still made today. You can tell it is ridg u rak teardrop by the beam lock in the picture above. It should have Ridg-U-Rak stamped into it.
Ridg-U-Rak also manufacturers structural pallet rack.
How to Identify Unarco Pallet Racking
Unarco has the widest array of styles that they manufacture. They make teardrop pallet racking, sturdi-bilt, T-bolt pallet racking, and structural pallet racking.
Unarco teardrop: can have an open back column or a closed tube column. The round beam lock in the picture above is a good way to identify it. It typically has Unarco punched into the beam clip.
Sturdi-Bilt Pallet Rack: Is easily identified with a picture. Sturdi-Bilt is being discontinued soon.
T-Bolt Pallet Rack: T-Bolt racking has a rectangular hole on the pallet rack upright and a bolt that connects the beam to the upright frames. Earlier versions of T-Bolt only featured 1 bolt to connect the beam to the upright. Newer versions of T-Bolt racking system feature 2 bolts.
Structural Rack: Unarco also manufacturers structural rack
Keystone Pallet Rack
Pallet Racking that has been discontinued:
Paltier pallet rack
Hiline pallet rack
Amerlock pallet rack
Mirack pallet rac
Frick Gallagher pallet rack
Webb Lock pallet rack
Interlake “New Style” pallet rack
Dexion pallet rack
USP pallet rack
What do I do if my brand of pallet rack is no longer made?
A commonly seen scenario is a customer with damaged pallet rack they need to replace, but the racking is no longer manufactured. If you have teardrop pallet racking, there is likely a close match that we can help analyze for you.
If you have a pallet rack style that is no longer made and components that need to be replaced due to damage, we recommend cannibalizing your existing material to fix damage and buying new teardrop pallet rack system.
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