An open-plan, walkable loft can be installed above conventional pallet racking systems to increase the usable surface area by taking advantage of the building’s full height. The construction system is designed to be integrated over the basic racking structure without affecting its functionality and is complemented with its own components: conveniently positioned access stairways, loading/unloading bays and doors, perimeter protection systems with guardrails in open areas, skirting boards and intermediate safety fixtures, etc.
The elevated surface can be created with different types of floor decking depending on the planned use, the load characteristics, the working system, the circulation of pallet trucks, requirements concerning ventilation, lighting or the passage of water from firefighting systems, etc. The following options can be installed: fibreboard, melamine board or boards covered with different metal finishes, perforated or tread plate galvanised steel metal panels, bar grating systems, etc.
This system has several different applications. Overhead lofts can be assigned to roles associated with the underlying pallet racking system’s functions, such as the reception or preparation of orders, stock reserves, as a storage area for the regulation or classification of goods, etc., or for other purposes, such as different working areas, storing materials that do not fit into racks, the installation of offices, archives, dressing rooms, areas reserved for specific activities, etc.
Furthermore, overhead lofts can serve as a basis for the installation of other types of storage, thereby increasing the total storage capacity. The two areas are communicated by means of loading bays that can be accessed using different types of door depending on whether forklift trucks or other internal goods transfer systems are used. This enhances stock flow and operational efficiency by improving the communication between the two storage levels. In all cases, the stairways, which are designed for intense but safe use, are dimensioned and located while considering the optimal integration of the usable space.
A significant increase in the warehouse’s usable volume translates into substantial cost savings as it eliminates the need to invest in more floor space. It is much cheaper to install a pallet racking system with an overhead loft than to purchase more industrial land.
Thanks to its smart design, the loft can be installed at the same time as the racking system or at a later date. This means the installation can be managed in phases so the investment is perfectly adapted to each customer’s financial resources.
Assembly is quick, straightforward and does not interfere with the user’s operating cycle. What is more, as with all systems designed by Estanterías Record, the structure can be fully disassembled and reused, meeting any future needs for amplification, relocation, reconfiguration, etc.
The versatility of use incorporated both in its overall functional design and the different types of constructive elements available mean this system is the ideal solution for a wide range of requirements and additional, mutually complementary applications.
The layout of an elevated surface over a conventional pallet racking system benefits from the structural reliability of an extensively used, tested and regulated system. Estanterías Record strictly adheres to the European regulations overseeing the technical design and safety requirements for storage systems.
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