The role of the upright and frame protectors is to eliminate mechanical damage to warehouse racks caused by impacts from material handling equipment. It should be noted that any damage to the structural component of a rack results in a reduction in its load-bearing capacity (weight limit). Maximum load capacity of a racking system is specified by the manufacturer on the basis of tests and calculations. It is the most important factor determining safety of the entire construction.
If real load capacity does not reach the values specified by the manufacturer, damaged racks in use are permanently overloaded. In extreme cases, this may result in complete destruction of the rack structure and, consequently, cause the risk to life and health of warehouse workers and damage to property and stored loads (You can find more information in our video „How does a warehouse rack with a damaged column act”).
The purpose of column and frame protectors is to absorb and disperse impact forces generated by forklift trucks. In the event of a severe collision, the protector can be permanently damaged. However, as you can imagine, replacing a single protective component will always be much cheaper than replacing a structural component, e.g. a 10-meter-long column of a fully stocked rack.