Cantilever rack: The perfect choice for long goods
Certain goods, especially of a longer type, such as timber (beams), pipes or similar, have special requirements for their storage. They differ both in length and weight, so it is necessary to weigh how to optimally use storage space. By definition, a cantilever rack is a very flexible storage system because it can be adapted in size and load-bearing capacity - optionally designed on one or both sides.
The peculiarity of cantilever racks is that they can be used both in small warehouses and on a larger industrial scale. In some cases, this extends so far that slip-on extensions are available for industrial parts. Cantilever racks are then part of an overall solution, specially designed for the respective application.
Cantilever racking: advantages
Due to their nature, handling long goods requires intelligent warehouse planning to make the best use of available space. Based on a basic design, they can be flexibly adapted to the needs of the storing company. This is achieved, among other things, by detachable cantilever arms or by extendable cantilever arms that are then only hooked in.
Other advantages of cantilever racks:
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Can be used on one side as well as on both sides
- Comparatively low installation costs (especially in small warehouses)
- Flexibly adaptable, for example to a shelf rack
Cantilever rack: disadvantages
Even though cantilever racks are by definition particularly flexible and the prerequisite for proper storage of long goods, some disadvantages are nevertheless associated with their use. On the one hand, a lot of space is needed in combination with a partly limited load capacity, on the other hand, this storage technology is not suitable for pallets or small parts. Moreover, since there are hardly any "gentle" elements, the stored goods often show soiling or minor damage.
In addition, the use of cantilever racks is limited to the LiFo principle, according to which clear planning is necessary in accordance with the "last in, first out" principle.
As a result, the period of time during which inventory remains tied up in the company is reduced - at the same time, the company's liquidity is ensured. A high degree of digitization thus leads to greater efficiency.