Frequently Asked Questions
“Best practices” are guidelines maintained by some pallet racking manufacturers, installers and inspectors which go above and beyond the calls made by AS 4084—2012.
Practises such as more intuitive impact protection devices, increased safety margins, lower distortion and deflection tolerances and more intelligent design principles all result in a better and safer product being supplied to the end-user. Best practices not only exist in the design and manufacture of components, but also in the design of racking systems, quality guarantees, installation and annual inspections. Inspect-a-RACK offers sets the benchmark for best practices in rack inspection in Australia.
“This Standard sets out minimum requirements for the design, fabrication and erection tolerances, test methods, operation and maintenance of steel storage racking in the limit states method.“This Standard applies to adjustable static pallet racking made of cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members. It covers racking installed within a building, outside a building, and racking that forms part of the building frame.The standard does not cover drive-in and drive-through racking, cantilever racking, mobile racking or racking made of materials other than steel.”— STANDARDS AUSTRALIA LIMITED 2012, STEEL STORAGE RACKING – 1.1 SCOPE, AS 4084—2012, STANDARDS AUSTRALIA LIMITED, SYDNEY
This Standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee on Steel Storage Racking in response to several requests from the Australian racking industry, to improve uniformity of racking performance and enhance public safety.”
— COUNCIL OF STANDARDS AUSTRALIA 1993, STEEL STORAGE RACKING – PREFACE, AS 4084—1993, STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, HOMEBUSH
Colby Pallet Racking has earned itself the reputation of being the biggest, strongest and safest rack available in Australia.
Colby pallet racking has been installed in many of the biggest pallet racking installations in Australia today and with a reliable nation-wide support network, Colby and its distributors are able to service each of their customers according to their specific needs.
Colby pallet racking is manufactured in a world class facility, designed to produce equipment of the highest quality that will deliver superior “life-cycle” value at a competitive price. All of Colby’s pallet racking products conform to and exceed both AS 4084—2012 and FEM 10.2.02; and are installed accordingly. Every Colby rack that is sold through an authorised Colby distributor is a designed rack structure conforming to Colby’s latest and up-to-date design load tables.
Pallet racking is a safe and relatively cheap way of increasing the storage capacity of a warehouse and, if designed properly, can increase the productivity and throughput of any logistics system.
Purpose-designed and built pallet racking systems can be found to decrease the amount of product handling required and improve efficiency in warehousing, logistics and distribution.
A properly designed pallet racking system should also keep pedestrian traffic away from dangerous forklift traffic. Pallet racking gives its users significant benefits over floor storage. Ordinary floor storage wastes the elevated space available in most warehouses, and with the current climate of high-cost per square metre of floor, pallet racking can utilise every square metre more effectively than floor storage can.
Safety! Duty of Care. A pallet racking installation which meets the Standard can be trusted by the end-user as a safe and reliable structure, as long as the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance guidelines are adhered to throughout the life of the rack.
Put simply, a pallet racking installation which GENIUNELY meets the Australian Standards is much more likely to provide a safe working environment than an installation which does not.
This Standard was prepared by the Standards (AS4084-2012) Australia Committee BD-062, Steel Storage Racking, to supersede AS 4084—1993, Steel storage racking.
“The objective of this Standard is to provide designers of steel storage racking with specifications for hot-rolled and cold-formed steel structural members used for action carrying purposes.
“The design provisions of the Standard are based on the limit states method and are intended to supplement AS 4100 and AS/NZS 4600.”
— STANDARDS AUSTRALIA LIMITED 2012, STEEL STORAGE RACKING – PREFACE, AS 4084—2012, STANDARDS AUSTRALIA LIMITED, SYDNEY