Below are the different components of cantilever:
- Uprights. These are the components making up the vertical beam and that which supports the arm.
- Base. The base provides stability for the structure by supporting the uprights in bearing the load. The uprights are connected directly to the base by a bolt.
- Arms. The racking arms refer to the horizontal beams that support the load when it is being stored. The arms can be strategically placed at certain angles depending on the warehouse storage requirement.
- Braces. The braces provide strength and rigidity for the rack in that it connects and supports the uprights.
When you will be storing long and heavy loads, you often come down to only two options: cantilever racking or floor stacking. If you are very tight on budget, then you can go for floor stacking. However, this option has a very low efficiency and your storage capacity is likewise very low.
When you opt for cantilever racking on the other hand, it will require a considerable amount of investment and planning. However, when done properly, it can dramatically increase the productivity of your warehouse. The storage capacity of your warehouse will increase significantly.
Here are further advantages when you use cantilever racks:
- Cantilever racks are relatively easier to reconfigure, reconstruct and install.
- Cantilever racks can accommodate typically any type of load like timbers and pallets.
- Cantilever racks are ideal for storing long loads; it also reduced the handling times significantly while improving your warehouse’s overall productivity as your stocks become more accessible.
- You can place additional arms to your cantilever racks when necessary in order to allow storage of materials with different sizes and shapes.
- Cantilever racks can store different products vertically even up to 6 meters high.
- You need a higher initial investment in order to design and install cantilever racks.
- You also need to provide an aisle space between the racks.
- The cantilever racks are not so efficient in storing pallets.