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Industrial Shelving Comparison Guide

Used warehouse steel shelving is designed to store small, light to very large heavy, bulky items.  There are several application and shelving features that must be compared and considered when purchasing.
How the shelving will be loaded:

  1. Loaded by hand,
  2. using a forklift
  3. or, combination of both.

Hand loaded storage shelving categories are as follows:

  • Used steel compression clip shelving is an all-purpose system for light to heavier items, cases, cartons.
  • Used nut & bolt shelving uses all nuts and bolts to secure all shelves to posts resulting in a system for heavier loads.
  • Used steel wire shelving is used by certain industries requiring added visibility, cleaner shelves and NSF certification.
  • Used Enclosed shelving with either compression clips or nuts & bolts provides shelf level with solid sides and back to ensure stored product is secure.
  • Used welded frame with clip on beams provides added capacity for large and bulky products and supplies.
  • Used rivet style shelving using either single or double rivet connections allows a full range of light to heavy components being stored safely.
  • Used wide span shelving using clip on, single or double rivet connections is an all-purpose type of shelving for industrial storage including record storage boxes.


Use the attached shelving chart to compare available storage systems with your requirements. To confirm your choice, call (800-876-3736) and speak with one of our shelving technicians who will assist you in choosing the best system.
American Surplus has been in the storage and material handling business for over 20 years selling quality used shelving. You will be satisfied.


Which Type of Industrial Shelving is Right for Me?

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A warehouse or industrial facility is constantly changing its inventory as new items are being acquired and stored, and products are being distributed. One of the most important factors in laying out a material handling facility is optimizing your storage density. If you are primarily dealing with loose items not on pallets, than you should definitely consider the wide variety of used industrial shelving that American Surplus carries.


Used industrial shelving covers a wide variety of different types and styles, but they are all typically made of either heavy duty welded or roll-formed steel. Another common feature across varieties of shelving is the ability to adjust the shelves, but the increments at which this can be done varies.


One of the first major options you will be faced with when deciding which type of warehouse shelving is right for your facility is whether you need open or closed style shelving. Open style shelving allows for product to be accessed from all sides, and inventory items can be seen from all sides as well. Closed style shelving features the same frame as open style, but walls are then added to the sides and back. This is great for keeping inventory secure, especially small parts and odd shaped objects that can shift position.


There are also three different methods for securing shelves to the frames. Nut and bolt shelving is the sturdiest of the three but requires the most time and labor to set up. Clip shelving isn’t as sturdy as nut and bolt shelving, and more sturdy than boltless, and they use clips to lock each shelf into place. Typically the top and bottom shelf are secured with nut and bolts for added sturdiness. This is much quicker to assemble while still being able to hold large amounts of weight. The last style is boltless shelving, which takes the least amount of time to set up but also has the lowest weight capacity.


American Surplus carries specialty types of shelving as well, like wire and record storage. Used wire shelving has become extremely popular as it is easy to assemble, lightweight, and sturdy. The four uprights feature plastic circular clips that each shelf rests on, and these clips can be adjusted in 1’’ increments. This means as many shelves as you need and at whatever spacing you need. There are a variety of shelving options, including baskets, rails, casters, tilted shelves, etc. to customize your unit to suit your needs.


Record storage shelving is a style of open shelving that allows for the storage of letter/legal size document file storage boxes. They can contain a max of two boxes deep per level and two boxes high. These help keep documents organized while maximizing storage density. Taking advantage of vertical space is the easiest method to save space within a facility, and that’s exactly what these do.


Stop by American Surplus, we are your one stop shop for all of your industrial shelving and storage needs. Need to store palletized loads? We also have a large amount of used pallet racking on hand in many different styles. Don’t know which is right for you? Give us a call, our sales team will work with you and determine what type of storage equipment is right for your facility.


Ways to Avoid Pallet Rack Failure


pallet rack failureForklifts are one of the most common causes of destruction in a warehouse facility, as they are constantly weaving through aisles upon aisles of pallet rack. One little mistake can cause the forklift to go careening into a support beam, causing a domino like effect of damage to the majority of the racking within the facility.


The cost of an accident like this far surpasses the cost of ensuring it doesn’t with simple safety procedures. Regular inspection of racking should be mandatory, which will point out any damaged or weakened points before it becomes a problem. This includes looking at the entire structure from top to bottom, not just the base. The base is the most commonly and easily affected portion of the racking, but there can be just as many concerns up above.


You also want to inspect the entire aisle by standing at one end and looking down the length of the racking. If you noticed it isn’t perfectly straight, or if you notice any leaning, these could potentially be a red flag. It is also important to walk down each aisle and check for damage to any components, and check for safety locks on the beams.


Aside from proper inspection, operators of forklifts and other lift equipment should be properly trained to minimize the risk of an accident. OSHA actually requires training of all forklift operators, and requires that the employer have a record of all certified operators. However, there is currently no test or license required.


Some accessories for your pallet racking system can also come in handy for increasing its durability. Column protectors can be used to protect the uprights from compromising forklift damage, although if one were to get hit the upright should be inspected and the protector should be replaced if damaged. Column protectors are only there to help maintain structural integrity by securing to the upright and the floor, and are not rated for forklift hits.


Similar to column protectors, end of aisle guards are also utilized with pallet racking. End of aisle guards are secured to the uprights of the racking, and they help prevent damage associated with lift equipment. There are also floor guides, which are secured to the floor and act as a guide for forklifts down the aisles. Row spacers can also be utilized to ensure uniform spacing between each row of pallet racking. All of these pallet racking accessories are very inexpensive when compared to the cost of a collapse and loss of inventory.


If you are unsure how to perform a proper pallet rack inspection, feel free to give ASI a call. We have been buying and selling quality used pallet racking for almost 25 years, and we know what to look for to determine that. We would be more than happy to come to your facility and walk you through a proper inspection of your pallet rack, and we can also supply you with your present or future racking needs.


Used Mezzanine Benefits


Used mezzanines are a perfect way to add extra storage or office space to your warehouse or storage facility. Typically mezzanines are semi-permanent floor systems that are usually installed within buildings between existing permanent stories.
ASI custom designs used mezzanine systems using CAD drawings to suit your specific needs. Some of the benefits of a custom designed used mezzanine from ASI include:


Cost Effective – Mezzanines are one of the most cost effective ways to maximize storage space or add additional office spaces to your warehouse or storage facility. This is much less expensive than building a structure from scratch or relocating to a new facility with the extra space. Relocating would require payment of rent or purchase of additional space, and additional property tax. Not only are you able to stay in your existing space, but you are able to cost effectively maximize the space you currently have.


Reconfigurable – Our used mezzanines are reconfigured using CAD drawings, so it can be built to your exact specifications based on your available space and needs. We will fit the used mezzanine to your existing available warehouse or storage space, and can work with you to pick the best options to maximize that space.


Additional Options – Used mezzanines have many styles of flooring to choose from based off of your weight requirements including plywood, open plank, bar grating, B deck, and diamond plated. You also have the option of adding mezzanine stairs or a mezzanine ladder for safe and easy access to the mezzanine floor. Used mezzanine catwalks, gates, and hand railings can also be included in your mezzanine for additional safety of your workers.


Movable – Mezzanines are considered semi-permanent because they act as a permanent structure because of their strength, but can also be broken down and relocated when needed. This is ideal for the constantly changing warehouse environment because the mezzanine can be moved within the building or even taken off site to another facility.


Expandable – Mezzanines can be added to and expanded without taking the existing structure down. As your business expands, so can your mezzanine for additional storage, offices, and more.


Climate Control – Mezzanines are almost always installed in your existing facility, so it takes advantage of your existing heating and cooling systems.


On Site Installation – On site installation of used mezzanines from our technicians is fast, efficient, and reliable. Installation can be completed in as little as one day depending on the size and complexity of the mezzanine. This allows for operations at your facility to continue to run smoothly with little interruption from construction.


Why Buy Used? This might be the first thing you ask yourself, and the only obvious answer is that it saves you money, but this may lead to other more concerning questions. Is a used mezzanine just as safe as new one? The answer is yes. You will never compromise the safety of your workers and equipment when buying used from ASI because that is our top priority. We personally and currently use mezzanines that we acquired used to structure our own facility, including our new office space. Every used mezzanine is in good working condition, so yes, you will save money, and no, you will not compromise the safety of your workers or equipment. Call today for a free quote and CAD drawing of a used mezzanine.