Cantilever racking consist of a base that provides the stability and support for vertical uprights. Braces are connected between the upright columns for extra strength. Arms are connected to the vertical uprights to support the load of the product.
Cantilever racks can be designed single-sided to go up against a wall or double-sided to create aisles. They can be designed to be any length. Cantilever racking can store regular pallets or oversized items such as furniture, lumber, piping, etc. However, you can only store one pallet deep on the cantilever arm.
Before purchasing cantilever racking you must determine the type of lift equipment you will be using. Counterbalance forklifts require wide aisles. Side loader forklifts and multi-directional forklifts are designed to handle long, bulky loads and allows for narrow aisles but at a greater cost.
Cantilever racking requires a considerable capital investment. However, it has several benefits: it increases productivity by improving handling times, maximizes storage capacity by utilizing vertical space and provides the flexibility to store a variety of different sized products.
Are you currently floor stacking your oversized products? Cantilever racking might be a better solution for your operation. LIDD’s supply chain experts can help you explore ways on how to design and optimize your DC operations to make better investment decisions.