A new product that is claimed to be set to 'change the face of racking design' is now available in the UK. Rack Nets back of rack netting from Warehouse Partners Ltd is fixed to the rear of single runs of pallet racking to form a protective barrier that prevents loads stored within the pallet bays from falling into the aisles during the pallet put-away and retrieval process.
Unlike metal mesh guards which have traditionally been used to fulfill a similar function, Rack Nets netting does not buckle or become misshaped if subjected to the considerable force that can be exerted by a displaced pallet.
This brings notable cost and safety benefits to the user, as Tim Judge, sales director of Warehouse Partners, explains: "The impact of a palletised load against a metal mesh guard will often cause such damage to the guard that it has to be replaced. Apart from the obvious cost of replacing the guard, this can also mean that the racking aisle cannot be accessed while the repair work is undertaken - which causes significant and costly disruption within the warehouse."
He continues: "Old-fashioned mesh rack guards are installed in a 'brickwork' pattern. They are not designed to hold back full pallet loads simply to stop loose boxes from falling. If they are hit by a pallet they will usually need to be replaced and, in many cases, if they are hit hard enough they may simply fall off at the moment of impact with potentially serious consequences for anyone working below.
"Because it is flexible and not of rigid construction, the net mesh spreads the 'shock' of the impact of a displaced pallet out to the wire framework and the universal brackets. Rack Nets back of rack netting is almost impossible to damage and will support a displaced pallet until it can be unloaded in an organized manner."
Made from high strength polypropylene and available in a choice of colours, Rack Nets netting is strong enough to hold a 1000kg palletized load.
It is simple and straightforward to install using a patented wire fixing solution.
Racking system installers are expected to find Rack Nets back of rack netting far simpler and notably less time consuming to install than traditional mesh guards.
Tim Judge adds: "With its unique combination of flexibility and safety, back of rack netting brings a host of business and Health and Safety advantages to the modern warehouse. I believe use of Rack Nets will quickly become accepted as 'best practice' in racking system design."
Rack Nets safety systems are available through in the UK through leading racking suppliers or alternatively contact Warehouse Partners Ltd, for local supplier information.