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Cantilever racks are also known as support racks, long racks are a popular solution that allows for optimal use of free storage space. I Their simple, solid structure and modular construction make them an excellent choice for the storage of long, heavy and atypical items.

Properly selected, they will also prove useful in other applications.

How are the cantilever racks built?

Both the base and the column of the rack are made of durable steel (HEA or IPE) I-sections. These elements are bolted or welded, while the beams on which the goods rest are bolted or secured with locks, optionally they can be ended with removable stops. Additionally, vertical braces are used to increase the stiffness of the frame structure.

Technical data

Cantilever racks are available in single and double versions, allowing for the storage of goods on both sides. The columns themselves can be up to 9 meters high and have perforation every 100 mm (optionally every 50 mm), which allows the rack to be adapted to the dimensions of the stored items. The arm length ranges from 600 mm to 2500 mm. The load capacity of a single bracket is even 2500 kg! An additional element of equipment are guides for forkliftswhich greatly facilitate the operation of the rack.

Design and standards of cantilever racks

All construction elements meet the European FEM and EN standards and are in accordance with ISO 9001 certification. We design them and perform static calculations using specialized software. The production process of cantilever racks is automated, which ensures high quality and repeatability of components. Each part has undergone demanding laboratory tests.

What can be stored on the cantilever racks?

The popular name, that is, long racks comes from logs - round, large-size timber with a minimum diameter of 200 mm and a length of at least 9 m for conifers and 6 m for deciduous trees. It is not surprising then that they are often used for storing wood or boards. In addition, they are perfect for sheet metal, pipes, profiles and rods. Properly positioned, they will be a good choice for items with non-standard shapes, such as car parts, bodies or even complete cars.

The use of cantilever racks

The simple, solid structure means that the cantilever racks can be found in a huge number of variations and variations. They are most often used in warehouses, but after galvanizing they can also be used outside, they can also be roofed. Going further, you can create a self-supporting structure on the basis of the racks - in this case, the columns serve as the load-bearing elements of the warehouse.

Longitudinal racks were designed to store long, heavy goods and often form the dominant space in the hall, but they can also be successfully used on a smaller scale. They allow for optimal use of space and easy access to goods without having to "break through". An individual approach to the customer is a guarantee of the selection of an appropriate system adapted to the goods and the room.

The use of racks for logs

Typically, the racking systems are adapted to be operated by a crane or forklift trucks, which in the case of massive objects of atypical shape is crucial for loading. Another way is to use racks to create mezzaninethat will allow employees direct access to all levels. This design will be perfect for a high room where smaller goods are stored.

Cantilever racks - advantages

Simplicity, modular design and great alignment translate into a number of features that positively affect the efficiency of the warehouse. The most important of them are:
  • Full use of the cubature of the square or warehouse - no more air storage!
  • Easy access to goods, which translates into quick service and inventory control.
  • Safe, trouble-free storage of long and heavy products.
  • The ability to fully adapt the storage system to the needs and possibilities of the client.
  • The construction of cantilever racks allows other structures, such as roofs, covers or mezzanines to be supported on them.
  • The brackets can be easily reorganized on their own, adapting the rack to changing goods.
  • Standardization allows for expansion or modification - conversion of a single rack to a double one, the addition of additional brackets or even the installation of a mezzanine.
  • Can be operated manually, by crane or forklift.

Is cantilever racking a good solution for me?

If you want to store long and heavy materials such as rods or wood - the matter is clear. In the case of other goods, it is worth comparing the features of cantilever racks with other storage methods that we offer. Each of our projects is tailored to the client's needs after thoroughly familiarizing themselves with the profile of their activities and the place where the storage racks are to be intended. We encourage you to contact us - our advisers will be happy to help you choose the optimal solution.


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more about cantilever racks

What material do we store on the cantilever rack?

We use cantilever racks to store oversized and long elements, i.e. profiles, flat bars, pipes, bars, beams, sheets.

How is a cantilever rack constructed?

The structure is made of mullions, feet, transoms, braces, arms and connectors.

What material is the cantilever rack made of?

The columns are made of an IPE I-section, and the arms, depending on the load calculations, are either an IPE profile or an I-section.

Can the levels of storage in the racks be regulated?

Yes, the rack posts have perforations every 100mm, which allows the arms to be freely moved up or down.

What is the longest arm that can be mounted in a cantilever rack?

The longest arm that can be produced is 2500 mm.

The length of the arms is adjusted to the dimensions of the material that will be stored on it.

What is the minimum distance between the levels?

The minimum distance between the hanging arms is 200 mm.

Remember to also keep the height between the levels for the work needed to arrange and remove the material from the rack arms.

Pallet Racking or Cantilever Racking Which Type is the Best?

The type of rack is adjusted to the material that will be stored on the rack.

If the stored goods are pallets, a pallet rack will be the best solution, but if they are long elements, such as profiles, flat bars, pipes, etc., the best choice will be a long rack, i.e. a cantilever rack.

The construction of such a rack allows for the storage of long materials, such as their free arrangement on the shoulders and removal by the truck operator.

How long can the material be stored on a cantilever rack?

The specificity of this type of rack is the free adaptation to the required length of the stored material by using appropriate spacing between the columns.

The entire rack can be adapted to the individual needs of the client, the only thing that can limit us is the space.

Painted or galvanized bookcase?

We use painted shelves inside the warehouse and hot-dip galvanized shelves outside, because the galvanized coating is more resistant to external conditions, i.e. snow, rain. 

How to protect round elements, e.g. pipes?

As additional protection, you can use pins - which are mounted in the form of a tube at the end of the arms - we place them in a specially prepared hole, they protect against rolling of round elements from the arms of the support.