The different components and benefits of a boltless shelving system

April 9, 2020 10:41 am

Boltless steel shelving is a widely implemented solution for efficient and economical storage for a wide range of applications. This type of steel shelving was originally designed and designated for storing medium and small sized loads allowing manual access to the shelf.

Now it is prominently used in many large distribution centers and supply chain warehouses in combination with pallet racking, mezzanine platforms and other similar solutions. It can be found in supply rooms, archive record storage, food storage facilities and more.

The reason for its unplanned-for wide use is it being considerably tougher than initially planned. Modern boltless steel shelving units can carry loads starting with 200 pound and going all the way up to 2000 pounds of weight. This combined with its extreme versatility made it one of the most prominent and sought-after shelving solutions in many industries.

Here are a few aspects of the boltless steel shelving system that make it stand out:

The 360 Degree Access Design
It having no sway braces or panels, allows for easy access to all four sides of each shelving unit, making loading and unloading considerably more efficient and fast. The simple interlocked components of boltless industrial shelving are held rigidly together by virtue of a clever design. This sturdy construction is easy to disassemble, reassemble and customize in a variety of configurations suiting any application or space it is intended for.

Extreme Ease of Assembly
While most shelving systems require a variety of tools and hardware to put together, the one thing needed for assembling boltless shelving is a rubber mallet. There is no need for clips, nuts, bolts, or rivets. The beams are inserted into keyhole slots in the vertical posts, allowing for quick assembly as well as easy adding of height and depth down the road.

Types and Components of Boltless Shelving
The two primary types of boltless steel shelving are Low Profile (also known as Single Rivet) and Long Span (also known as Double Rivet). The former is a high-density system that goes up to 48” in width, giving them lower capacity but higher and more convenient access.

The latter ranges between 48” and 96” wide and can carry higher loads. They are used for larger items, skids and barrels, usually to be accessed by forklift.

The usual three components of the typical boltless industrial shelving system are:

This part is usually uniform across uses with a minimal variety of configurations and designs. The next two components are the critically important ones.

Upright Posts
Those include angle and tee posts. Angle posts being the more durable option to be used on stand-alone units and tee posts being used to connect adjacent add-on shelves.

Horizontal Beams
Those are used to grant stability to the structure, hold the decking up and provide left-right support to the upright posts. A variety of beam styles are used for different applications.

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