Beam Capacity Calculator
To help you determine what beam size and gauge are required to hold your pallet load in the warehouse, this static beam capacity calculator can be very useful. It provides an estimated static capacity for a pair of load beams with the product evenly dispersed.
It’s important to keep in mind that “static” refers to pallets that remain motionless once placed on pallet rack. If your warehouse is located in a seismic area, this can decrease the static capacity for a pair of load beams.
Using a professional pallet rack designer and engineer is the best way to get accurate calculations. This person can provide you with the allowable weight capacity from the International Building Code. Here are some of the factors considered in the calculations:
- Seismic Zone – What is the earthquake level in your area?
- Floor Design – Slab thickness, concrete strength and soil bearing
- Upright – Height, width, gauge, bracing pattern and foot plate dimensions
- Load Beam – Length, width, gauge, beam connect and product spacing
Most cities require a permit when product is stored at eight feet or higher. If your city requires a permit for this height, an engineer calculation package is necessary.
Raymond Handling Concepts has the expertise to assist you in designing your pallet rack system needs. We offer turnkey solutions for all your racking needs including complying with local codes and obtaining permits. If you need help with your next rack project, call us at 800-675-2500 or email us at [email protected].